April 17, 2012

NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma track and field teams maintained their top 25 rankings this week in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. The OU women are ninth in the national poll and fifth in the region, while the OU men are 21st nationally and ranked second in the Midwest region. A total of seven Oklahoma student-athletes are ranked in the top 10 nationally in their respective events.

Bill Kogel made history at the Stanford Invitational on April 6 with his sixth-place finish in the men’s 10,000-meter run. Kogel ran a collegiate-best 28 minutes, 39.54 seconds to set a new Oklahoma program record in the event. Kogel’s time is the fastest by a collegiate this year as he was the top NCAA Division I finisher in the event. 

Of OU’s five competitors in the men’s 1,500-meter run at the Stanford Invitational, two ran times ranking in the top 10 in the nation this year, including Riley Masters’ new program record in the event at 3:41.80. His time is the sixth-best in the nation, while Eric Harasyn’s 3:42.15 run in the same race is eighth.

George Alex lowered his program record in the men’s 5,000-meter run to 13:35.27, the sixth fastest time in the nation this year.

Eric Cray moved into seventh on the national list in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. Cray ran a collegiate-best of 50.57 seconds at the Sun Angel Classic on April 5. Luke Bryant took over the top spot in the men’s discus throw with a collegiate best throw of 202 feet, four inches on Saturday at the John Jacobs Invitational.

Brittany Borman overtook the No. 1 spot in the javelin after her win in the women’s javelin throw at the Sun Angel Classic on April 5. Borman’s mark of 194-11 is an Oklahoma program record, besting Amy Backel’s mark of 182-5 set in 2010. The senior unleashed the mark on her first attempt of the evening, which was also her first competition throw in the event this season.

The American and NCAA-leading throw set a Sun Angel Stadium facility and meet record and is tied for the 15th best throw in the world this year. The mark ranks Borman sixth on the United States all-time outdoor list and ranks her seventh on the collegiate list. Amongst American collegiate women, Borman is fifth. The throw also meets the Olympic B standard for the event.

Borman is also fifth in the discus with her best mark of 183-0 coming this past weekend at the John Jacobs Invitational. Ti’Anca Mock is seventh in the women’s long jump with a season’s best wind-aided mark of 216 on March 28 at the Texas Relays.