OU - JEMISON STARTS SEASON WITH SCHOOL RECORD AT DETROIT
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DETROIT, Mich. - Ashley Jemison won the women's discus throw with a heave of 122 feet 8 inches and set a new Oakland record in the event while Andrew Stebbins won the men's shot put with a throw of 44 feet, 3 inches as OU's men's and women's track teams both dropped tough decisions to Detroit on Saturday. The men lost by a score of 107-57 and the women dropped a 117-64 decision.
"The weather was a bit tough today so times kind of go out the window," said head coach Paul Rice. "Overall, the team showed a great effort with the crew we had today, giving us a nice start to the season. The performance of the day goes to Ashley (Jemison) in the discus - it's always great to start the season with a school record. We will work hard this coming week and look forward to the Siena Heights meet next weekend."
Shannon Getchen followed Jemison in third place in the women's discus with a throw of 113 feet, 5 inches and Buddy Becker took second in shot put behind Stebbins with a distance of 43 feet, 2 inches to start tallying points for OU in the field events. C.J. Gozdor recorded a victory in the high jump when he leaped a height of 6' 4" and George O'Connor earned the win in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:47.97. Another victory would come for Oakland on the day as Miranda Haas won the steeplechase with a mark of 7:22.27. Teammate Ashley Burr followed in second with a time of 7:32.88.
In the women's 400m dash, Sydney Sterling was second in 1:02.56 followed in third by Natalie Stone in 1:02.72. The women also took second and third in the 800m run when Morgan Bridgewater finished in 2:20.44 and the Oakland record holder, Autumn Cleverley, ran a 2:21.08 in the event. Though Detroit won the women's 1500m run, Oakland dominated places two through eight led by Sarah Oren in second with a time of 5:04.78. For the men, Aaron Davis recorded a second-place finish in the 200m dash with a 22.24, just .05 off of of first place.
Oakland next races at the Siena Heights Invite set to take place on April 12 in Adrian, Mich.