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Tulsa Track Prepares For NCAA West Prelims

Katherine Camp
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May 23, 2013

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Out Of The Blocks: 

  The University of Tulsa track and field teams has 11 individuals who earnedspots in the 2013 NCAA West Preliminary, which will be held May 23-25 in Austin, Texas at Mike A. Meyers Stadium. On the men's side, freshmen Bryce Robinson and John Teeters will compete in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, while fellow freshman Adam Palamar will take part in the 1,500-meter run. Sophomore Tim Rackers will run in the 5,000-meter run, while sophomore Chase Sammons will compete in the discus and shot put. The TU men's 4x100-meter relay squad will also run featuring Robinson, Teeters along with Matt Davis and Julian Frazier. For the TU women, Caroline Schuster will run in the 400-meters, Katherine Camp will compete in the 800-meter run, Sarah Macpherson will compete in the 1,500-meter run while Erin Huddleston will run in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. 

How To Advance: 

   Athletes with the top 12 times/marks and the best 12 relay teams at both the East and West Preliminary Rounds will qualify for the NCAA Championships (June 5-8) in Eugene, Ore.

    In the 1500m, the top five from four first-round heats, plus the next four fastest times advance to the quarterfinals (24).

   In the shot put and discus, the 16 best marks after tiebreakers will qualify from the first round of three preliminary attempts to the final round of three additional attempts. The top 12 advance to the NCAA Championships.

The Sprints: 

  • John Teetersand Bryce Robinson each qualified for three events in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the 4x100-meter relay.
  • Chase Sammonsis one of two athletes in school history to qualify for two events, joining Rickey Wilson who qualified in the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles in 2006 and 2007. 
  • The TU record-setting men's 4x100-meter relay squad is the first men's relay squad to qualify for the NCAA Prelims.
  • Two of the TU men competing are school record holders, as Bryce Robinson holds the program best times in the indoor 60-meter and 200-meter dashes. Chase Sammons is the school record holder in the indoor shot put, indoor weight throw, outdoor shot put and discus. 
  • Erin Huddlestonholds the school's best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while Sarah Macpherson holds the indoor 1,000-meter race record. 

Last Time Out (May 9-12):


The Tulsa men's track and field squad claimed third at the 2013 Conference USA Championships hosted by Rice on May 9-12.

The men's Golden Hurricane squad tallied 147 points to finish third, behind UTEP, who won the meet with 166.5 points and Houston, who claimed second with 152.5 points. The TU women finished in 10th with 42 points, while UCF had 167 points to win the team title.


Sophomore Chase Sammons won the men's discus with a school-record throw, while senior Paulo Pinheiro won his second-straight 10,000-meter title at the C-USA Championships. 

Sammons won the discus with a heave of 183 feet to break his own school record in the event. Freshman Alex Lybarger just missed scoring, finishing in ninth with a throw of 139 feet, 6 inches.

Pinheiro clocked a time of 30:27.25 to win his second-straight title. Dennis Hodapp was third in 30:40.46, while Tim Rackers claimed fourth-place in 30:40.52. Freshman Marc Scott earned a sixth-place showing in 31:00.91, while Kevin Mayer was eighth in 31:52.52.

The men's squad had four runner-ups on the meet's final day, as freshman Marc Scott was second in the 5,000-meters in 14:32.06. Senior Paulo Pinheiro was fifth in 14:41.30, while junior Andrew Heyes claimed sixth in 14:42.44. Sophomore Tim Rackers finished in seventh in 14:42.56, while junior Dennis Hodapp was eighth in 14:44.22.

In the 1,500-meter run, freshman Adam Palamar had a personal best of 3:45.41 to snare second. Heyes was fourth in 3:47.80, while junior Danny Thater claimed sixth in 3:51.35. Junior Brian Tabb crossed the line in 3:55.12 to finish eighth.

In the 200-meter dash, freshman Bryce Robinson claimed second crossing the line in 21.22, while fellow freshman John Teeters was fourth in 21.46. Robinson and Teeters also finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 100-meter dash. Robinson earned a time of 10.48, while Teeters was clocked in 10.54.

The final runner-up showing came in the shot put, as sophomore Chase Sammons had a heave of 58 feet, 2.5 inches to finish second. Freshman Alex Lybarger was seventh with a toss of 49 feet, 8.5 inches.

TU claimed third in the 4x100-meter relay, as senior Matt Davis, Teeters, senior Julian Frazier and Robinson clocked a time of 40.63. The Hurricane also was third in the 4x400-meter relay, as Davis, Frazier, junior Andrew Jameson and freshman Isaac Sanders earned a time of 3:14.48.

In the decathlon, Alex Sementelli earned the Hurricane four points with a fifth-place showing of 6,597 points. Sementelli was fourth in the 1,500-meters in 4:47.94, and fifth in the javelin with a heave of 152 feet (46.34m). 


Senior Erin Huddleston won the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while junior Katherine Camp won the 800-meters to highlight action for the TU women's track and field squad. 

Huddleston won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a school record time of 10:25.89, breaking her previous school record of 10:40.92 set earlier this year.

Camp ran the third-fastest time in school history in the 800-meters to win the event. Camp's time of 2:06.38 was just .11 off the meet record, and a second off of the school record.

Senior Sarah Macpherson snared third-place in the 1,500-meters in 4:26.21, while fellow senior Melanie Hughes was fifth in 4:30.04.

In the 5,000-meters, Huddleston placed fifth crossing the line in 16:41.76, while senior Ashley Scott was seventh in 16:43.97.

A Year Ago (May 24-26, 2012):

Junior All-American Chris O'Hare advanced to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships by finishing sixth in the 1,500m quarterfinals at the 2012 NCAA Division I West Preliminary at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

O'Hare clocked a time of 3:46.37 to finish sixth in the region.

Also qualifying for the 2012 NCAA Championships was senior Carl Stones, who finished fifth in the 3,000m Steeplechase.

Stones placed second in his heat with a time of 8:51.03, and he is one of 12 competitors from the region who advanced to the NCAA Championship.

Senior Bill Martin also competed in the 1,500 quarterfinals Saturday, and he placed 21st in 4:00.98. Senior Paulo Pinheiro finished 25th in the 5,000m run with a time of 14:41.38.

Freshman Chase Sammons finished 34th in the discus throw with a toss of 51.11m (167-08).

Junior Ashley Scott placed 42nd in the women's 5,000m run with a mark of 17:40.01.

Senior Tom Marshall earned a time of 4:02.60 in the qualifying stage of the 1,500 to finish 41st.

Junior Sarah Macphersonentered the women's 1,500 with the 38th best mark, and she improved three spots to finish 35th in 4:35.42.

Junior Julian Frazierran in the 400m dash prelims, and he placed 36th in 47.88.

Tulsa Wins Five Titles At Arkansas Team Invitational

The Tulsa track and field squad claimed five victories at the Arkansas Invitational on Saturday, April 27, at John McDonnell Field.

On the men's side, the Golden Hurricane had the top-three finishers in the 1500- meter race, as freshman Adam Palamar won the event in 3:50.87. Sophomore Danny Thater was second in 3:52.34, while junior Brian Tabb was third in 3:53.71.

Sophomore Chase Sammons won two events, as he claimed a triumph in the discus with a heave of 169 feet, 10 inches. Hours later, he came back and won the shot put with a heave of 57 feet, 2.25 inches. Sammons has now won six titles this season.

Freshman John Teeters was victorious in the 100-meter dash crossing the line in 10.54.

Junior Andrew Heyes won the 3,000-meter race in 8:24.10, which marks the sixthfastest time in school history.

The 4x400 relay squad of Matt Davis, Julian Frazier, Andrew Jameson and Isaac 

Sanders finished second in 3:13.41.

On the women's side, junior Katherine Camp was crowned the 800-meter champion crossing the line in 2:08.47.

Senior Sarah Macpherson claimed second in the 1500-meter race with a time of 4:26.74, while fellow senior Melanie Hughes was fifth in 4:37.28.

Senior Caroline Schuster was sixth in the 400-meter dash in 55.29, while junior Audrey Jean-Baptiste claimed eight-place in 55.85.