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OU T & F Concludes Season with Six Americans

EUGENE, Oregon. -The University of Oklahoma athletics team concluded its season 2018 on Saturday at the historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

The Sooners added an All-American on Saturday with red jersey junior Sarah Scott in the women's 3,000-meter obstacle course, which adds a total of six honors across the Americas over the weekend. In the team standings, the OU women's team finished tied for 28th place, while the men's team took home a draw at 55th place.

OU head coach Jim Van Hoogegem summed up the successful end of the NCAA 2018 outdoor championship, "Well, today I'm sure Jess is disappointed." She warmed up with the indication that she might have had a good day, maybe I just wanted it too much, but that's a really special race and I think you really have to mention it, what a special career she had, how many times she lined it up for the Sooners, there are some people who have done some special things for the Sooners, but there are few who have done it like a week and a week consistent. "

Redshirt junior Sarah Scott finished her successful 2018 season on a high note, breaking her own school record in the 3,000 meter obstacle course. Scott crossed the line at 9: 56.17 to finish ninth and claim second All-America team honors. Scott finishes his outdoor season with three obstacle wins, including the Big 12 title at the event.

"Sarah Scott with two school records this weekend and finishing ninth in the country, I'm sure she would have liked to get on the podium, we would have liked to see her get some points from the team, but you can not blame what she did here, and she will be the kind of person who is eager to get back, "said Van Hootegem.

Major Jess Woodard started the last day of the Sooners in Eugene, competing in the women's discus throw. Woodard committed a foul in the first three rounds of his rounds, unfortunately, which made him lose the cut for the final. Woodard took second place in the shot put competition on Thursday, earning the first All-American status at the event.

Van Hootegem added about Woodard: "It's very rare for someone to line up as many times as he did and compete on the level that she did." I think he really deserves to be recognized. "

Woodard concludes his university career as one of the most decorated in the history of athletics of Sooners with more than 20 victories in events, three conference titles and six first team All-America honors.She retires as the record holder of the program in the women's discus throw, second in outdoor shooting and sixth in the hammer throw, along with second place in the indoor weight throw and the third in indoor shooting.

The Sooners start from Tracktown with six All-Americans, two first teams and four seconds teams honors.

OU track and field concludes a successful campaign of 2018 that saw the Sooners win six conference crowns inside, three outdoor conference titles and 12 All-Americans combined in interio res and exteriors. Freshman Vernon Turner also earned the honors of Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Year.

Coach Van Hootegem spoke about the end of the season: "Overall, it was an uninteresting year, we did a lot of strong things on the women's side, but in the end we were not satisfied with our qualification. It was certainly a year of reconstruction and we feel good with the young people we have, some sophomores and many freshmen, there will be some dedication in the offseason if we are going to take a step forward. We look forward to people participating in many summer trainings and falling into a sharp decline and we believe there is a bright future for our team of men. "

Numerous Sooners will compete in the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. UU., Which will be held June 21-24 in Des Moines, Iowa, on the campus of Drake University.

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