Jan. 26, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma track and field teams return to action this weekend at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Competition begins Friday morning and concludes Saturday afternoon. The meet highlights some of the best teams in the nation as 10 of the 13 men’s squads participating are ranked in the most recent United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll. Of the 13 women’s teams competing, nine are ranked in the USTFCCCA top 25.
The 13th-ranked men’s team has five runners ranked in the top 10 nationally competing this weekend, including newcomer Patrick Casey, who has the top ranking the mile and No. 2 ranking in the 800-meter run. Another newcomer, Riley Masters, is also ranked in the top 10, coming in at No. 6 in the mile and No. 8 in the 3,000-meter run. Casey runs in the 800-meter run Saturday at 1:30 p.m. CT, while he and Masters take to the track in the mile run at 1:50 p.m.
Defending Big 12 5,000-meter champion Kevin Schwab is currently ranked fifth in the event. Schwab will run the 3,000-meter run Saturday morning at 11:20 a.m. Of the current season data used to compile a portion of the rankings, senior Malcolm Anderson ranks 20th in the 60-meter hurdles. The preliminary round of that event is scheduled for Saturday at 12:50 p.m.
Oklahoma faces top-ranked Arkansas, No. 3 LSU, No. 4 Florida State, No. 5 Texas, No. 7 Stanford, No. 8 Nebraska, No. 10 Arizona, No. 17 Iowa and No. 23 Georgia in the event. Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State are also scheduled to compete. Entering the meet, 16 athletes have produced a time or mark that ranks in the top 10 nationally in his respective event this season.
The 19th-ranked women’s team enters the meet with three athletes ranked in competing events. Tia Brooks, who threw 60 feet, eight inches last weekend, is the top-ranked athlete in the shot put, while teammate Karen Shump ranks second in the event. The women’s shot put is scheduled for Friday at 4:30 p.m. CT. Jessica Engel comes in at No. 26 in the 5,000-meter run. Engel runs the 3,000-meter race Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
Other women’s teams competing include No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Arkansas, No. 5 Texas, No. 9 Florida State, No. 12 Arizona, No. 13 Georgia, No. 16 Baylor, No. 24 Stanford, Nebraska, TCU, Oklahoma State and SMU. A total of 20 women have a time or mark that is in the top 10 nationally in her respective event this year.
In addition to the Razorback Invitational, three OU athletes compete in the Oklahoma Christian Indoor Invitational #1 at the Mosier Indoor Facility on the OU campus on Saturday. Tre Lathan and Matt Wicks are scheduled to compete in the 60-meter hurdles, while Jeremy Rankin is entered in the 60-meter dash.