While most students were on their way home or to different exotic locations for spring break, the Golden Hurricane track and field team was in Fayetteville, Arkansas competing in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships.
Fresh off his win in the 5,000-meter run in the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championship, Marc Scott finished just under fourteen minutes, which was fast enough to place 5th in the country.
Finishing in the top eight means that Scott earned first team All-American honors in the 5,000-meter event.
Scott’s teammate Bryce Robinson finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.75 in the final, earning 3rd place in the event. Robinson was also awarded first team All-American honors for the finish. In addition to his first team honors, Robinson earned second team honors for finishing 11th in the 60-meter dash.
Tulsa had a third All-American in Audrey Jean-Baptiste who finished 14th in the 400-meter, which earned her second team All-American honors.
Baptiste qualified for the National Championships with her performance in the AAC Championships setting a meet record with a time of 52.82, the first time a female athlete has run a sub-53 second finish in the event.
Tulsa next opened up their outdoor season when they hosted the Tulsa Duels on the last weekend of Spring Break.
TU had a strong showing on its home turf, with junior field performer Alex Lybarger starting off his season with a first-place finish in the hammer throw. This early win was just the start of Tulsa’s success at home.
Some of the other events that TU placed in the top three include: high jump (Austin Hostetler – 1st), 800-meter event (Simon Greiner – 1st, Elijah Silva – 2nd, Olivia Lopez – 2nd), 3,000 meter run (Olivia O’Hare – 1st, Danielle Medearis – 2nd, Peter Hodkinson – 1st).
1,500 meter run (Emma Galbraith – 1st, Emily Dunn – 2nd, Nicole Lee – 3rd, Mark Middleton – 2nd), 2,000 meter steeplechase (Alyssa Bolliger – 2nd, Stacie Taylor – 3rd, Isaac Dobos – 2nd, Austin Del Rosso – 3rd), 100 meter dash (Candalyn Lyons – 2nd) and the 400-meter hurdles (Colt Johnson – 2nd).
This past weekend Tulsa traveled back to Fayetteville for the Arkansas Spring Invitational, where the Hurricane finished with eight top-three finishers and three first place finishes. Lybarger once again took first in the hammer throw, joined by John Esswein and Olivia O’Hare who won the men and women’s 1,500-meter event respectively.
The Golden Hurricane will next travel to Palo Alto, California to compete in the Stanford Invitational.
The Hurricane looks to continue some of their early success and build upon that before the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships.