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Men Climb to No. 21 in USTFCCCA Rankings
February 20, 2012

Feb. 20, 2012

NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma men’s track and field team moved up to No. 21 in the latest rankings released this afternoon by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).  The men are third in the Midwest region, while OU’s women are sixth in the region.

OU has eighth individuals ranked in the top 30 of their respective events in addition to the distance medley relay which is ranked third on the list. George Alex and Riley Masters are each ranked in two events with Alex’s program records in the mile and 3,000-meter run coming in at 14th and 15th, respectively. Masters is 29th in the mile and 21st in the 3,000-meter run. Masters also ran the anchor leg of the DMR team that set the program record at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.

Frezer Legesse (17th) and Eric Harasyn (18th) are also ranked in the mile and were a part of the DMR in New York City. Bill Kogel is 24th in the 3,000-meter run, and Malcolm Anderson is seventh in the 60-meter hurdles.

In the regional rankings, 10 individuals are ranked along with two relay teams. In addition to those receiving points at the national level, Jamel Wood is fourth and Ethan Baker is sixth in the 400-meter dash in the Midwest region. OU is also fourth in the men’s 4x400-meter relay.

On the women’s side, Tia Brooks continues to have the top mark in the nation in the women’s shot put. Brooks threw 60 feet, eight inches on January 21 in Norman. Karen Shump (13) and Bailey Wagner (22) also maintained a spot on the national list in the event. Shawna Anderson (60-meter dash) and Jessica Engel (3,000-meter run) are 25th in those events, while Kristen Rice is 31st in the high jump.

At the regional level, Sherine Wells is third in the 60-meter dash while Anderson leads the Midwest in the event. Engel is also ranked in the 5,000-meter run regionally. Freshman Katie Adair is seventh in the pole vault. OU has two relays ranked at the regional level – the 4x400-meter relay and the distance medley relay.

The Sooners are back in action this weekend at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas.

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