Jan. 31, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's track and field team moved up one spot to No. 12 in the latest rankings released today by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The OU women dropped one spot to No. 20.
OU's men are ranked No. 3 in the Midwest Region, just behind Nebraska and Minnesota. OU's women are No. 7 in the region, following Kansas, Nebraska, Kansas State, Illinois, Iowa State and Southern Illinois.
The men have three athletes with times that rank in the top 10 nationally in their respective events. George Alex has the seventh-best 3,000-meter run in the nation this year. His top time of 7 minutes, 52.92 seconds came at the Razorback Invitational this past weekend and is an Oklahoma program record. Riley Masters has the ninth fastest mile in the nation this year. His mark of 4:00.54 also came at the Razorback Invitational. Malcolm Anderson's 7.80 in the 60-meter hurdles at the Razorback Invitational is tied for 10th best in the event this year.
Tia Brooks continues to have the top throw in the women's shot put this year. Brooks threw 60 feet, 8 inches on Jan. 21 in Norman, setting a new Oklahoma program record and automatically qualifying for the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championship.