Feb. 14, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma men’s track and field team is ranked No. 23 in the latest rankings released Tuesday by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The men are No. 3 in the Midwest Region behind top-ranked Nebraska and Minnesota. OU’s women team is ranked sixth in the region.
The Sooners have a combined 14 athletes ranked in the top 30 of their respective events, including six ranked in the top 15. A quartet of distance runners leads the list as George Alex, Frezer Legesse, Eric Harasyn and Riley Masters are all ranked in the mile run. Alex, Legesse and Harasyn ran the three fastest times in program history this past weekend at the Tyson Invitational. Alex’s 3 minute, 58.76 second mile garnered him his second program record this year.
His other program mark is in the 3,000-meter run, an event in which he ranks 14th nationally. Masters, who won the event at the Tyson Invitational, is 20th, while teammate Bill Kogel is 24th.
The men’s distance medley relay team who also set a new program record at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational has the third-best time in the nation this year (9:30.13). Malcolm Anderson is seventh in the men’s 60-meter hurdles.
Tia Brooks continues to lead the nation in the women’s shot put. The redshirt junior is the only collegian to break the 60-meter mark this season, having set the OU program record on Jan. 21 in Norman with a throw of 60-8.00. Karen Shump is 12th in the event, while Bailey Wagner is 20th. Shawna Anderson has the nation’s 23rd best time in the women’s 60-meter dash (7.39) run this past weekend at the Tyson Invitational. Jessica Engel is 25th in the 3,000-meter run.
The teams are back in action this Saturday, Feb. 18, at home. The Oklahoma Invitational gets underway at the Mosier Indoor Facility with field events at 10 a.m. CT. Track events begin at 12:30 p.m. CT.