OU jumped seven spots in the most recent poll to No. 15.
Feb. 11, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma men’s track and field team jumped seven spots in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top 25 to the No. 15 team in the country, following its performance at both the Flotrack Husky Classic and Tyson Invitational this past weekend, the organization announced Monday.
Three other Big 12 teams are in the latest poll, including No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Texas and No. 24 Kansas State.
Additionally, the men’s and women’s team are ranked fifth and 12th, respectively, in the Midwest Region.
The men’s team split the weekend between Seattle, Wash., and Fayetteville, Ark., with spectacular performances from Kevin Williams, Pat Casey and Ryan Poland.
Williams won the 5,000-meter run at the Flotrack Husky Invitational with an American-leading time, and career-best performance of 13:38.57. Williams ran in a competitive field that included some of the best distance runners in the NCAA, en route to the second-lowest 5,000-meter mark in Oklahoma program history. Casey was also in Seattle, where he broke the 3,000-meter program record after he clocked a 7:52.80 performance to finish seventh in the race.
In the men’s mile at the Tyson Invitational, Poland crossed the line first with a personal-best time of 4:03.69 to take the title and put himself in the Oklahoma record book with the ninth-fastest time recorded in program history.
Nationally, Williams sits second in the 5,000-meter and 22nd in the 3,000-meter run, while Casey is first in the mile and 11th in the 3,000-meter run, following this weekend’s performances. Two other Sooners are ranked in the top-25 of their respective events as Frezer Legesse is 19th in the mile and Tre’ Lathan sits 14th in the 60-meter hurdles.
On the women’s side, Tia Brooks remains first in the shot put, while Claire McConnell is 20th in the pentathlon.
The Sooners will be back in action this weekend when Oklahoma plays host to the Sooner Invitational in Norman, Okla., at the Mosier Indoor Track on Saturday, Feb. 16.