OU's Salaam breaks two records
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Mookie Salaam ran an American leading time in the 60-meter dash to break a seven-year old Oklahoma record and broke his own school record in the 200-meter dash to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships in both events and lead Oklahoma Saturday at the Big 12 vs. SEC Challenge presented by Mondo. Salaam was one of four Oklahoma Track and Field athletes to win a combined five titles as Karen Shump won the shot put with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark and Chenale Smith and Ti’Anca Mock won the high jump and long jump, respectively. In all, Oklahoma athletes finished with 18 top-three finishes at the event. The Big 12 defeated the SEC 363-312 on the men’s side and 441.5-257.5 on the women’s side.
Salaam’s winning time of 6.55 in the 60-meter dash was over a tenth of a second off his previous PR of 6.66 in the event’s prelims and gives the junior the American lead in the event and trails just the 6.52 run by Jamaica’s Nesta Carter at Friday night’s Millrose Games for the world lead. The time broke a seven-year old stronghold that DaBryan Blanton had on the Oklahoma record in the event with a time of 6.57, run in 2004 as Blanton won his first of two consecutive NCAA titles in the event. Salaam now holds the fastest NCAA time over the last two season’s as Florida’s Jeff Demps clocked a collegiate leading 6.56 in 2010.
With the two rounds of competition Saturday and Salaam’s 6.67 at last weekend’s J.D. Martin Invitational, Salaam has now PRed in the 60-meter dash three straight times. The 2010 Big 12 champion in the 60-meter dash, Salaam now owns Oklahoma indoor records in the 60 and 200-meter dash. Saturday’s performance also broke a two-year old meet record of 6.56 that was clocked by LSU’s Trindon Holliday in 2009.
Salaam was not done for the day, however, as the junior returned to the track just over 30 minutes later to win the 200-meter dash, breaking his own school record in the process with a time of 20.76. The time broke his own school record of 20.79, run at last year’s NCAA Indoor Championships where Salaam finished seventh. Salaam’s time Saturday is the third fastest in the NCAA this year
Shump won her second shot put title in as many weeks, hitting an NCAA automatic qualifying mark for the second straight week. Shump’s winning throw of 56-9.50 (17.31) was just over an inch off her school record and winning throw of 56-10.75 (17.34) at last week’s J.D. Martin Invitational. Shump led the event from wire-to-wire, improving on each of her first three throws before hitting her winning throw on her third attempt.
Shump was one of two Sooners in the top three of the event as Tia Brooks finished third with a throw of 53-2.75 (16.22). Brittany Borman was fourth in the event with a personal best of 51-2.25 (15.60), the sixth-longest throw in program history.
The 2011 season has seen Mock compete in the long jump four times and come away with a win the last three times. Mock won her third title in as many weeks Saturday when she leapt 19-9.75 (6.04) on her fourth attempt. The distance is just a half-inch off her season best of 19-10.25 (6.05) which she used to win the Texas A&M Challenge on Jan. 15.
Like Mock, Smith won her third event title in as many weeks as she and Kristen Rice teamed to sweep the top two spots in the high jump. Smith cleared the bar at 5-8.50 (1.74) on her third attempt after clearing her first three heights on first attempts. Rice cleared 5-7.00 (1.70) to take second, clearing her first two heights on her first try.
Candyce McGrone improved her season time in the 200-meter dash as she finished second in the event with a time of 23.41, the fourth fastest in Oklahoma history. Texas A&M’s Jessica Beard won the event with a meet record 23.18. Scottesha Miller was third in the event with a time of 23.58.
Shelleyeka Rolle took second in the women’s 600-yard run with a time of 1:22.53, improving on her 1:24.36 run at last week’s J.D. Martin Invitational. Rolle was just behind the event winner, Texas A&M’s Andrea Sutherland who won with a meet record 1:21.46. Like Rolle, Trayvion Jones improved his 600-yard time as the sophomore finished third with a time of 1:11.92, bettering his previous season best of 1:13.81.
Bill Kogel recorded his collegiate best in the mile as he finished second in the event with a time of 4:10.77. Kogel entered the weekend having run 4:11.46 at last weekend’s Gladstein Invitational.
In a battle of two athletes in the top six of the USTFCCCA national rankings, K.P. Singh finished second behind South Carolina’s Mike Zajac. Singh entered the weekend ranked sixth in the rankings and finished Saturday with a best throw of 67-9.75 (20.67) on his fourth attempt. Zajac won the event with a throw of 69-7.50 (21.22).
Jessica Engel shaved over 18 seconds off her PR in the 3,0000-meter run as she finished third overall with a time of 9:28.59, the fourth-fastest time in Oklahoma history. Engel entered the weekend with a best of 9:47.42, having clocked the time just two weeks ago on the same track.
The women’s 60-meter dash saw OU athletes take three of the top five spots led by Scottesha Miller in third with a time of 7.36. The time is Miller’s second best of the season after reaching the finals with a prelims time of 7.39. Miller was followed by Shawna Anderson who ran the fourth-fastest time in school history, 7.37, to finish fourth. McGrone rounded out the group in fifth, equaling her fifth-best time in OU history, 7.39.
Remuro Henry ran just off his personal best in the 400-meter dash, finishing third in the event with a time of 47.77, just off his indoor PR of 47.72. Eric Bailey was just behind Henry, finishing fifth with a time of 47.97.
Jasmine Simmons finished third in the women’s triple jump with her second best jump of the season, 41-7.00 (12.67). Simmons led the field after the first three rounds of competion but was overtaken by event winner Colleen Felix of Georgia (43-1.00/13.13) and TiAra Walpool of Kansas State (41-11.50/12.79).
The men’s 4x400-meter relay of Eric Bailey, Remuro Henry, Daniel Nix, Trayvion Jones closed out the day with a third-place finish in the event, clocking a time of 3:09.37.