NORMAN, Okla. — The University of Oklahoma Track and Field program will split to four different locations this weekend as it begins the second month of the 2011 indoor season. Athletes will be spread out across the United States from Nebraska, New York, Ohio and Oklahoma.
OU action for the weekend will kick off Friday with the women’s sprints and jumps at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City and the majority of the OU program in Lincoln, Neb., for the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. The men’s distance group will be in action at the GaReat Collegiate Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, while a group of seven athletes compete at the Oklahoma Christian Invitational in Norman.
The No. 16 Oklahoma women will face stiff competition in New York City as 11 teams in the nation’s top 25 are expected to send athletes to the meet. The Oklahoma men enter the weekend ranked No. 13 nationally. The distance group will face No. 12 Auburn while the others in Nebraska will take on No. 14 Nebraska and No. 22 Kansas State.
Entering February, Oklahoma athletes have accounted for eight marks in the nation’s top this season. Mookie Salaam leads the way with the nation’s fastest 60-meter dash and fourth-fastest 200-meter dash. K.P. Singh has fourth-longest throw in the men’s weight throw. On the women’s side, Karen Shump leads the way with the third-longest throw in the shot put, joined in the event by Tia Brooks at No. 9. Jasmine Simmons has the seventh-longest triple jump and Scottesha Miller has the ninth-fastest 60-meter dash while Candyce McGrone is 10th in the 200-meter dash.
Action at the Husker Invitational is slated to begin at 12 p.m. on Friday while the New Balance Collegiate Invitational will start at 10:50 a.m. on Friday. Oklahoma action at the GaReat will begin at 12:35 p.m. while the Oklahoma Christian meet will begin at 11 a.m.