Jan. 20, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – University of Oklahoma senior George Alex claimed the men’s invitational mile title on Friday evening at the Gladstein Invitational hosted by Indiana University. Alex lowered his personal best in the event by almost three seconds, crossing the line in 4 minutes, 3.35 seconds to capture his first indoor individual title as a Sooner. The time ranks as the fourth-best in program history in the event. The mark is the fastest mile in the Big 12 this season and third best in the nation.
Junior Frezer Legesse finished second behind Alex with a time of 4:03.73. His time is the fourth-best in the nation this year, second best in the Big 12. Redshirt freshman Taylor Wardall was fourth in the invitational mile with a personal-best 4:07.11, a mark that ranks in the top 15 in the nation and third best in the Big 12.
Junior Bill Kogel took ninth in the men’s invitational 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:10.06.
Action resumes Saturday with Riley Masters and Brandon Doughty running the invitational 800-meter run at 12:10 p.m. CT and Legesse, Alex and Wardall in the 800-meter run at 12:35. Daniel Mazar and Eric Harasyn close out individual events in the 600-meter invitational run at 12:55 p.m. CT. The Sooners compete in the 4x800-meter relay at 1:40 p.m. CT.
Oklahoma also has numerous athletes competing at the Mosier Indoor Facility on Saturday in Norman. The J.D. Martin Invitational Duals begin with field events at 10 a.m. CT. Track events follow at 12:30 p.m. CT.