The Sooners are No. 23 in the latest USTFCCCA poll.
Feb. 5, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma men’s track and field team remained in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top-25 as the No. 23 team in the country, following its performance this past weekend, the organization announced Tuesday.
The men’s team was spread throughout the country last weekend with competitions in New York, N.Y., South Bend, Ind., Wichita, Kan., and in Lincoln, Neb. Select sprinters competed at both the New Balance and Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, while distance runners were on hand at the Meyo Invitational and field athletes were at the Varsity Apartments Invitational.
OU is joined by three other Big 12 members in the USTFCCCA top 25 in No. 11 Texas, No. 22 Kansas State and No. 24 Oklahoma State.
Additionally, the men’s and women’s teams are ranked sixth and 10th, respectively, in the Midwest Region.
Four members of the men’s track and field team are ranked in the top 20 of their respective events.
Redshirt senior Patrick Casey leads the way for the Sooners with a No. 3 ranking in the mile with a time of 3:56.28, still the fastest collegiate time recorded in 2013, and is additionally seventh in the country in the 800-meter run (1:47.67). Kevin Williams sits 12th with a 13:50.28 effort in the 5,000-meter run, while both Riley Masters and Bill Kogel are 16th (7:54.20) and 20th (7:56.04), respectively, in the 3,000-meter run.
On the women’s side, Tia Brooks remains first in the shot put, while Claire McConnell is 19th in the pentathlon after breaking the program-record with 3,912 points at the Razorback Invitational.
The Sooners will be back in action this weekend with select distance runners heading west to the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Wash., and another group of Sooners returning to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational.