Jan. 12, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. - Senior Frezer Legesse began the 2013 indoor track and field season in thrilling fashion when he broke the Oklahoma program record in the men's 1,000-meter run at the Nittany Lion Challenge in University Park, Pa., Saturday afternoon. The Oklahoma City, Okla., native bested a 27-year old record set by Tim Renihan in 1986 (2:23.3) when he crossed the finish line in 2:22.76 for third in the event at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track at Penn State University.

Legesse shaved nearly two full seconds off his previous best time in the event (2:24.73), which stood fourth in the Oklahoma record books.

He was joined by fellow Sooner and senior Kevin Schwab in the 1,000-meter run who finished fifth in the field with a personal-best 2:23.88 effort. With his performance, Schwab stamped his name in the Oklahoma record book, with the third-fastest time ever run by a Sooner in the event.

Freshman Zachary Herriott closed out the Nittany Lion Challenge for OU with an 8:37.63, third-place effort in the men's 3,000-meter run.

Both the men and women's track and field teams open the 2013 indoor season next weekend when OU hosts the J.D. Martin Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19.