Former Sooner posts record at Olympic Games

NORMAN, Okla. — U.S. Virgin Islands sprinter Laverne Jones-Ferrette, a Sooner back in 2003 and 2004, set a national record in her preliminary race at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Jones-Ferrette raced to a personal best 11.07 seconds in the 100-yard dash, placing her second amongst her heat and good enough to qualify for the semifinal rounds.

It was the 11th fastest run on the evening for the six-time NCAA All-American.

Six sprinters finished under 11 seconds, including the United States' Carmelita Jeter, who clocked the first rounds fastest ever time at 10.83 ticks.

Fellow Sooner and Canadian sprinter Kerri Ann Mitchell just narrowly missed out on advancing after she notched a 11.49, good for sixth in her heat.

Now a 29-year-old, Mitchell returned to the sport for her first Olympics following a five-year layoff.

The Sooner duo is part of five women with OU connections competing in the 2012 London Games.

Jamaican Latoya Greaves hits the track for the 100-meter hurdles, while senior-to-be Tia Brooks participates in the shot put Monday. U.S. national champion Brittany Borman rounds out the five with her competition in the javelin throw qualifications starting Tuesday.

Semifinals for Jones-Ferrette in the 100-meter dash start Saturday at 1:35 p.m. CT.

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