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Coach Jill Lancaster
Oklahoma wanted to bring in someone familiar with the program when J.D. Martin retired in 1997. That is one of the reasons the administration brought in former Sooner Jill Lancaster. Lancaster came back to OU with extensive coaching experience. She got her first coaching job as an OU assistant (1983-86) after competing for the Sooners (1978-81). She coaches the jumpers and combined event entries.

Since arriving at OU prior to the 1997-98 academic year, Lancaster has led two Sooners to Big 12 titles. Senior Justin Conkling won the Big 12 heptathlon title in February 2001, the first Sooner man to win a Big 12 combined event title. In that same meet, senior Janel Hayes, after finishing second the previous year, won the conference long jump title.

Lancaster celebrated her first Sooner All-Americans as a coach when Hayes earned the honor in the long jump in May 2001 with her 10th-place finish at the NCAA. One day later, Conkling finished fifth in the decathlon to earn All-America honors as well.

Lancaster spent four years at Kansas State before accepting the job at OU in 1997. While she was with the Wildcat track program, Lancaster's duties included overseeing the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers. She concentrated her time on the intermediate hurdlers and the 400- and 800-meter runners. In addition, Lancaster was in charge of recruiting and helped bring one of the largest classes in the school's history to Manhattan. The Wildcats hosted the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Multi-Event Championship in 1996 and 1997 and Lancaster served as meet director for the event.

Before her four-year stint at Kansas State, Lancaster served as the head women's track coach at Toledo. While at Toledo, Lancaster was a two-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, first in 1990 and again in 1992. She also helped develop long jumper Candy Campbell, who jumped 21-1.5, to become the first track and field All-American in Toledo's history. Lancaster helped guide her athletes to 30 MAC titles, as well as 29 outdoor and 27 indoor school records.

During the 1987-88 track season, Lancaster was an assistant coach at Kansas. She began her coaching career as an assistant coach under legendary J.D. Martin.

As a student-athlete at OU, Lancaster was a three-time All-American - in the 600-yard dash, mile and two-mile relays. She also was a part of the 1980 indoor mile relay team that still holds the school record (3:45.2). She also shares the outdoor school record in the 400-meter hurdles (59.03).

After her collegiate career was completed, she continued her competitive career and went on to win the 1988 TAC Indoor National Championship pentathlon. She also earned a fourth-place finish in the heptathlon at the TAC Outdoor National Championship during the same year. Following the TAC championships, Lancaster had a strong showing at the Olympic Trials, placeing 14th in the heptathlon. She also was a part of four national combined event teams. Lancaster is a member of the Drake Relays Hall of Fame after winning the Drake Relays heptathlon title five times.

In 1981, Lancaster earned a bachelor's from OU. She added a second B.A. in 1983. Lancaster has been certified by the USA Track and Field Coaches Association as a Level I (general) and as a Level II (Endurance and Jumps) coach.


This material obtained from SoonerSports.com


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