Sarah Tolson is No. 1 on the all-time list of University of Oklahoma weight throwers.
The senior from Pawhuska unleashed the longest weight throw in OU track-and-field history Feb. 12, at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Tolson’s toss of 63 feet, 9 1/2 inches exceeded her previous best effort by almost two feet.
Competing at an altitude of more than 5,000 feet above sea level, several other members of the Oklahoma track-and-field teams took their performances up a notch.
The Sooners’ Charles Nguyen won the men’s weight throw competition with a career-best 62 feet, 8 inches — which kept the Canadian second on the OU men’s all-time distance list. Two other Lady Sooner throwers also recorded personal bests at Albuquerque — but Tolson took things one step further.
(Note: Women throw a 20-pound weight, while a 35-pound apparatus is used in men’s competitions.)
Tolson let loose her previous personal best (61-09 3/4) to win OU’s J.D. Martin Invitational in January 2015. That throw had put her second on the school’s all-time distance list for weight-throwers, but she dropped another notch down when surpassed by teammate Julia Reedy — who reached 63 feet last season and didn’t stop there.
Reedy uncorked a new OU record of 63 feet, 6 1/4 inches, to win the weight throw at the Texas A&M Quadrangular on Jan. 23. Her new school mark stood for exactly three weeks before being eclipsed by Tolson. (In the latest meet, Reedy finished fourth with a throw of 62-7.50.)
Tolson and Reedy will resume their weight-throwing competion Friday, Feb. 26, in the Big 12 Indoor Championships at Ames, Iowa. It may even continue March 11 at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala.
A redshirt senior from Mission Viejo, Calif., Reedy is the Oklahoma program’s reigning record-holder in the hammer throw, having reached a mark of 211 feet, 4 inches last spring. She earned first-team All-America honors after placing fifth at the 2015 NCAA Championships.
Tolson has improved her hammer-throwing distance each spring at OU. She posted her current career-best mark — of 193 feet, 7 inches — in a second-place effort at last year’s Longhorn Invitational, which was won by Reedy.
During her prep career at Pawhuska High School, Tolson was a three-time state 3A discus champion. She added a state title in the shot as a senior in 2011. Her 2010 discus-winning distance of 148 feet, 6 inches, remains the best-ever performance in Oklahoma Class 3A girls’ history .