Feb. 7, 2012

NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma men’s and women’s track and field teams each moved up one spot in the latest United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) polls released Tuesday. Oklahoma’s men are No. 11 in the national poll and No. 2 in the Midwest Region. OU’s women are No. 19 in the national poll and remained at No. 7 in the Midwest Region.

George Alex and Malcolm Anderson are ranked in their respective events for the current season. Alex is 14th in the 3,000-meter run after setting the OU program record with a time of 7 minutes, 52.92 seconds on Jan. 27 at the Tyson Invitational. Anderson is 22nd in the 60-meter hurdles after running 7.80 at the same event.

This past weekend, OU’s distance medley relay team of Eric Harasyn, Ethan Baker, Frezer Legesse and Riley Masters set the program record of 9:30.13 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City this past weekend. The team’s time is ranked eighth by the USTFCCCA and second fastest in the nation this year.

On the women’s side, Tia Brooks continues to have the nation’s top mark in the shot put. Brooks threw 60 feet, eight inches on Jan. 21 at the J.D. Martin Invitational Duals. Jessica Engel is 24th in the 3,000-meter run after her 9:16.11 time at the Razorback Invitational.

OU’s men are one of four Big 12 teams ranked, including No. 4 Texas, No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 16 Kansas State. OU’s women are among seven Big 12 teams ranked – No. 6 Texas, No. 8 Texas Tech, No. 9 Texas A&M, No. 14 Iowa State, No. 15 Baylor and No. 24 Kansas.

The Sooners are back in action this weekend at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and the Oklahoma Christian Invitational II in Norman.