April 10, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma men’s track and field team moved up seven spots to take over the top spot in the Midwest Region in this week’s rankings from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The men also climbed to No. 21 in the nation, up two spots from a week ago.
The Sooners leapfrogged previous region No. 1 Wichita State, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota and Illinois into the top spot following an impressive weekend at the Stanford Invitational and Sun Angel Classic. The OU women’s team is No. 8 in the nation and ranked fifth in the region, up one spot from a week ago. A total of seven Oklahoma student-athletes are ranked in the top 10 nationally in their respective events.
Bill Kogel made history late at the Stanford Invitational 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 seventh.
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. Luke Bryant set a new collegiate best on March 17 at the Tulsa Duels. His throw of 198 feet, four inches is the third-best in the nation this year.
Brittany Borman overtook the No. 1 spot in the javelin after her win in the women’s javelin throw at the Sun Angel Classic. 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.
The Sooners host the John Jacobs Invitational on Saturday. Field events begin at 10 a.m. CT with track events at noon CT. Admission is free.