Two local colleges have turned out several world class track athletes, and some of them are competing for spots in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 3-21.
Former University of Tulsa track and field standout and six-time All-American Chris O’Hare will compete in the 1,500-meter run, representing his native Great Britain.
O’Hare qualified for the Olympics by finishing with the second-best time in the 1,500-meter run at the British Athletics Championships in Birmingham, England, last week. O’Hare ran the 1,500-meter with a time of 3:34.68, just .27 behind top-finisher Charlie Grice. The top two qualifying marks in each event earned a place on the Olympic team.
O’Hare, a native of West Linton, Scotland, attended Tulsa from 2009-13, and won the NCAA Championship in the mile run at the 2012 Indoor Championships. He claimed six All-America honors, including the 1,500m run at the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the mile run at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships, and at 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Another former TU track star Bryce Robinson clocked a time of 10.42 in the first round of the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympics Trials this past Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Robinson’s time failed to move him into the semifinals of the 100m, an event he qualified for with a time of 9.99. However, Robinson, who graduated this past May from Tulsa, will compete in the first round of the 200-meter this Thursday (July 7) and still has a shot at making the U.S. team.
A couple of current TU track athletes are participating in the Canadian Championships this weekend in Edmonton, Alberta. Ben Preisner, who will be a junior in the fall at Tulsa, will run on Saturday in the Canadian Championship finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase for a spot on the Canadian Olympic team.
Braydon Rennie, a sophomore on the TU track team, will participate in the 1,500-meter first round race on Thursday. He is looking to qualify for World Juniors in Poland.
There are a pair of Oral Roberts University products competing for spots on the Bahamas Olympic squad; Jeffery Gibson and Andretti Bain.
Gibson, 25, competes in the 400m and 400m hurdles events. He won a gold medal in 400m hurdles at the 2012 NACAC Under-23 Championships in Irapuato, Mexico, and again at the 2014 Pan American Sports Festival in Ciudad de Mexico.
Bain, 30, was the NCAA Indoor Champion at 400m in 2008 while attending ORU. He also won the 2008 NCAA Outdoor 400m Championship with a time of 44.62, besting USC’s Lionel Larry. Bain was part of the Bahamas’ silver-medal winning team in the men’s 4 × 400 m relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
TU FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Game times for much of the 2016 Tulsa football season have been announced, including some games that will be broadcast on national television.
Tulsa’s season opener against San Jose State on Sept. 3 at H.A. Chapman Stadium will kick-off at 6 p.m. and will air on CBSSN. The next Hurricane home game on Sept. 17 against North Carolina A&T will be played at 1 p.m., and will be available digitally on ESPN3.
On Friday, Oct. 7, Tulsa will host SMU in American Athletic Conference action with a kick-off time of 7:00 p.m. The game will be aired on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
In addition, Tulsa will play Ohio State at the 104,944-capacity Ohio Stadium on Sept. 10, at 2:30 p.m. (CDT) on ABC. The Hurricane travels to Annapolis, Maryland, to face the Navy Midshipmen on Nov. 12 with a game time of 11 a.m. (CDT).
Tulsa’s road game at Fresno State on Sept. 24 has already had a time change from an evening start to now a 3:30 p.m. (CDT) kickoff.
Game times for the remaining home games will be announced later; Oct. 22 vs. Tulane, Nov. 5 vs. East Carolina, and Nov. 25 vs. Cincinnati.