Jan. 29, 2013
After a week off, the Tulsa track and field teams will divide and conquer this weekend. The distance squad will travel to South Bend, Ind., to take part in the Meyo Invitational on February 1 and 2. The sprinters will head to Lincoln, Neb. to compete at the Frank Sevigne Invitational on February 1 and 2.
• On the men’s side, freshman Bryce Robinson ranks 30th in the nation in the 60 meter dash. His time of 6.71 set at the Wildcat Invitational shattered the school record. He also ranks 121st in the 200 meters with a time of 21.75.
• Chase Sammons, the school record holder in the shot put, broke his own school record at the Wildcat Invitational earlier this year. His heave of 57 feet, 7 inches ranks 54th nationally.
• The Tulsa men’s distance group enjoyed a stellar cross country campaign in the fall of 2012 as the team finished seventh at the NCAA Championships and won its third straight league title.
Last Time Out (January 19, 2013):
In its first meet of the 2013 indoor campaign, the Tulsa track and field teams combined to win seven events at the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Kansas State.
Leading the way on the men’s side was freshman Bryce Robinson, who in his first meet for the Golden Hurricane shattered the school’s 60-meter dash record clocking in at 6.71 to win the event.
Robinson also finished second in the 200-meter dash where his time of 21.75, which is the fourth-fastest in program history.
Senior Chris O’Hare won the 1,000-meter run in a meet record time of 2:25.63. Fellow senior Andrew Heyes was fourth in 2:27.40.
In the mile run, freshman Marc Scott won TU’s third event crossing the line in 4:16.13. Sophomore Tim Rackers was close behind placing fourth in 4:16.49.
Sophomore Chase Sammons took home the shot put title with a throw of 57 feet, 7 inches to break his school record of 51 feet, 3.5 inches.
In the weight throw, freshmen Tyrus Conley and Alex Lybarger finished fourth and fifth with throws of 49 feet, 10.5 inches and 45 feet, 9.25 inches, respectively.
On the women’s side, senior Carolin Imhof won the long jump title soaring 18 feet, 4.5 inches, which was not only a personal best, but the fifth best mark in school history.
The Hurricane had three of the top four runners in the women’s mile, as senior Sarah Macpherson won the event clocking in at 5:04.36. Sophomore Brandi Krieg was third in 5:06.61, while sophomore Natasha Cockram was fourth in 5:10.07.
Senior Jaclyn Rollins won the 3,000-meters with a time of 10:29.14.
In the 1,000-meters, senior Melanie Hughes, senior Erin Huddleston and junior Lauren Collette finished third, fourth and fifth. Hughes clocked in at 2:56.28, Huddleson in 2:59.09 and Collette in 3:01.17.
A Year Ago (February 4, 2012):
Chris O’Hare and Chase Sammons both shattered their own school records at the Meyo Invitational at Loftus Sports Center in South Bend, Ind.
O’Hare won the 1,000m run and broke the facility record in a time of 2:20.99, breaking his school record by more than two seconds (2:24.20). Sammons finished 16th in the weight throw with a toss of 15.42m, besting his previous school record by 0.42m.
O’Hare’s mark is currently the third-fastest time in the nation this indoor season, and the meet record he broke had stood since 2003. Freshman David Annett also competed in the 1,000m, finishing 27th in 2:32.92.
Kolton Taylor and Alex Sementelli both competed in three events, with Taylor posting a personal-best in the long jump (6.66m) and Sementelli knotching his season best in the 60m hurdles (8.82).
Tulsa’s Distance Medley Relay team finished fourth in 10:05.01. The team consisted of senior Tom Marshall, sophomores Andrew Jameson and Danny Thater, and freshman Nathan Barrett.
Julian Frazier finished third in the 400m dash with a mark of 47.36. His time broke his own personal best set earlier this year, and he also ran the third-fastest time in school history and the 21st-best mark in the NCAA this year.
Junior Andrew Heyes competed in the Meyo Mile and finished fourth with a mark of 4:02.08. His time just missed out on cracking the top five list in school history, but it was good for 22nd-best in the nation this year. Senior Justin Smith finished fifth in the 200m with a time of 21.75. His mark was good for third-best in school history.
Junior Sam Masters was sixth in the 3,000m Run Ryan Shay 3K. He also recorded the third-fastest mark in Tulsa history and the 38th-best mark in the nation so far this year. Seniors Bill Martin (12th in 8:12.70) and Paulo Pinheiro (16th in 8:17.73) also posted personal bests in the event.
The 4x400m relay team of Smith, Frazier, Sementelli and freshman Bryce Cason finished eighth in 3:15.58, which was the fourth-best mark in school history.
Done Vermaak led the charge for the women with her fifth-place finish in the 800m run. She posted a time of 2:10.00, which was the fourth-fastest mark in school history and the 36th-best time in the NCAA so far this year.
Tulsa’s 4x400m relay placed sixth in 3:45.56. The team consisted of Vermaak running the anchor, senior Racquell Powell, junior Caroline Schuster and sophomore Katherine Camp.
Sophomore Josie Wilcox (10:02.27) and junior Ashley Scott (10:02.74) finished 9-10 in the 3,000m run.
O’Hare To Compete At Millrose Games:
For the second year in a row, senior Chris O’Hare has been invited to compete in the Wanamaker Mile against some of the elite runners from around the globe on Feb. 16 at the 106th edition of the Millrose Games.
O’Hare, the 2012 NCAA Champion in the indoor mile, will compete in the event, which will take place at 8:50 p.m. CT at The Armory Foundation’s New Balance Track & Field Center in New York, N.Y. The race will be shown on ESPN3, with a rebroadcast of the meet on Feb. 17 on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m.
Last year, O’Hare finished in sixth place and third among collegians in the event clocking in at 3:56.63.
The field consists of 12 total runners, three collegiate competitors and nine professional runners. The other collegiate competitors are Lawi Lalang of Arizona and Ryan Hill of North Carolina State.
The list of professionals includes defending champion Matthew Centrowitz, two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong, Robby Anders, Ryan Gregson, Donn Cabral, Ciaran O’Lionaird, Garrett Heath, Jordan McNamara, Mitch Goose and Miles Batty.