OU Claims Seven Titles at John Jacobs Invitational

NORMAN, Okla. — Despite the less than favorable conditions Saturday at the John Jacobs Invitational, OU athletes managed to pick up seven individual event titles at the rain-soaked John Jacobs Track and Field Complex. Amy Backel (javelin), Latoya Greaves (100-meter hurdles), Karen Shump (shot put), K.P. Singh (hammer throw), Kevin Snyder (high jump), Sherine Wells (100-meter dash) and the men’s 4×400-meter relay all picked up individual titles during the event that saw many field events moved inside the Mosier Indoor Facility due the inclement weather and a number of athletes held out of competition.

Greaves picked up OU’s first title of the day on the track as she won the 100-meter hurdles for the second straight week, crossing the line in 13.23, her second fastest performance of the year. Latoya Heath was fourth in the event with a time of 13.84.

Shump picked up her second shot put title of the season as she finished first in the event Saturday with a throw of 53-9.00 (16.38). OU swept the top four spots in the event as Tia Brooks finished second with a throw of 51-5.75 (15.69). Brittany Borman was third with a throw of 48-1.25 (14.66) and Amy Backel fourth at 48-0.75 (14.65).

Wells ran a season-best time of 11.70 to earn her first individual title of the season. Wells was one of two Sooners to finish in the top three with a season-best time as Jalesa Walker was third with a time of 11.84. OU alum Leslie Cole finished second with a time of 11.72.

The duo also claimed top-three finishes in the 200-meter dash as Wells finished second overall and first among collegiate competitors with a time of 24.09. As she did in the 100, Walker recorded a season best time in the 200 as she finished third in 24.41. Cole won the event in a time of 23.90.

In action that took place on Friday, Backel claimed her second javelin title of the season as she recorded her second-best throw of the season, a distance of 169-4 (51.61). The defending champion in the event, Katelyn Penner, came in second behind Backel with a toss of 149-11 (45.69).

Following Backel’s lead in the javelin, Singh stepped into the throws area and claimed his second hammer throw title of the season with a toss of 202-4 (61.67). Coincidentally, the throw equaled the same distance Singh hit to win the Bobby Lane Invitational on March 27. Singh’s teammate Holden Mitchell was third with a mark of 171-11 (52.41).

Snyder claimed a title in the men’s high jump by clearing the bar at 6-10.25 (2.09). The height marked the second-best height of the season for Snyder who cleared 6-11.00 (2.11) at the Texas Relays on April 3.

Using split squads in the men’s 4×400-meter relay, OU still collected a title in the final event of the day as Trayvion Jones, Remuro Henry, Daniel Nix and Mookie Salaam held off the University of Tulsa for the win in a time of 3:13.34. The quartet of Jeffrey Artis, Eric Bailey, Zach Dawson and Jarell Warren came in third with a time of 3:13.38.

Sarah Pappas moved to second all-time on the OU women’s pole vault performance list as she finished second overall in the event, clearing 12-7.50 (3.85). The clearance also marks a PR for the junior from Houston.

Jacob Boone finished third overall and second among collegiate athletes in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.94. Eric Harasyn finished fifth overall with a time of 1:54.91.

With rain affecting the conditions, field events were moved indoors and per NCAA rules, long jump and triple jump marks are considered illegal and not countable. Despite the ruling, Jasmine Simmons finished second in the event with a jump of 19-5.25 (5.92). The finish was identical on the men’s side as Alex Madkins was second with a jump of 23-7.50 (7.20).

Marco Moon continued the jumps streak with a second-place finish in the men’s triple jump. Moon recorded a long distance of 50-10.25 (15.50).

Oklahoma returns to action next week as it hosts the Sooner Invitational. OU athletes will also be in action over the weekend at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia and Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

Oklahoma Final Results

Women’s Javelin: 1. Amy Backel 169-4 (51.61): 2. Katelyn Penner 149-11 (45.69)

Men’s Hammer Throw: 1. K.P. Singh 202-4 (61.67); 3. Holden Mitchell 171-11 (52.41)

Women’s Long Jump: 2. Jasmine Simmons 19-5.25 (5.92); 5. Kristen Carson 18-5.25 (5.62); 15. Claire McConnell 16-3.00 (4.95); 19. Natasha Kotey 14-7.00 (4.44)

Men’s Long Jump: 2. Alex Madkins 23-7.50 (7.20)

Women’s Pole Vault: 2. Sarah Pappas 12-7.50 (3.85)

Women’s Shot Put: 1. Karen Shump 53-9.00 (16.38); 2. Tia Brooks 51-5.75 (15.69); 3. Brittany Borman 48-1.25 (14.66); 4. Amy Backel 48-0.75 (14.65).

Men’s 1,500-meter run: 4. Bobby Nicolls 3:57.70; 7. Clay Mayes 4:02.65
Men’s Pole Vault: 7. Jonathan Webb 15-7.00 (4.75)

Women’s High Jump: 3. Chelsea Goodman 5-5.00 (1.65); 4. Kristen Rice 5-5.00 (1.65); 5. Nichelle Johns 5-3.00 (1.60)

Men’s High Jump: 1. Kevin Snyder 6-10.25 (2.09)

Women’s 100-meter hurdles: 1. Latoya Greaves 13.23; 4. Latoya Heath 13.84; 6. Demeeka Jones 14.15; 11. Claire McConnell 15.33; 12. Natasha Kotey 15.63

Men’s 110-meter hurdles: 3. D’Andre Fisher 14.21

Men’s Triple Jump: 2. Marco Moon 50-10.25 (15.50)

Men’s 400-meter dash: 4. Remuro Henry 47.95; 7. Zach Dawson 48.42; 9. Jarell Warren 48.96; 10. Daniel Nix 49.08; 17. Chris Sweeney 50.42

Women’s 100-meter dash: 1. Sherine Wells 11.70; 3. Jalesa Walker 11.84; 5. Marlena Wesh 11.96; 10. Kristen Carson 12.61.

Women’s 800-meter run: 11. Molly Ferguson 2:15.68; 15. Natalie Crain 2:17.69

Men’s 800-meter run: 3. Jacob Boone 1:53.94; 5. Eric Harasyn 1:54.91; 18. Bobby Nicolls 1:57.85; 25. Tony Clement 2:00.48; 26. Kelsey Moreland 2:00.53

Men’s 400-meter hurdles: 7. Trayvion Jones 54.42

Women’s 200-meter dash: 2. Sherine Wells 24.09; 3. Jalesa Walker 24.41; 7. Marlena Wesh 24.85; 8. Jasmine Simmons 24.86; 17. Demeeka Jones 25.94

Men’s 200-meter dash: 5. Evan Pierson 21.91; 14. Neelon Greenwood 22.41; 17. Daniel Nix 22.54; 20. Will Claye 22.98; 21. Alex Madkins 23.03

Men’s 4×400-meter relay: 1. Oklahoma A (Trayvion Jones, Remuro Henry, Daniel Nix, Mookie Salaam); 3. Oklahoma B (Jeffrey Artis, Eric Bailey, Zach Dawson, Jarell Warren)

Updated 04-19-2010

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