The men remain 21st in the country, while the women crack the top-25 for the first time this season.
Feb. 26, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma men’s track and field team remains in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top 25 as the No. 21 team in the country, following its performance at the 2013 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend, the organization announced Tuesday. Additionally, the women’s team cracks the top-25 for the first time this season as the No. 23 team in the latest NCAA Division I rankings.
Three other Big 12 teams are in the men’s ranking, including No. 8 Texas Tech, No. 9 Texas and No. 11 Oklahoma State. The women are joined by No. 3 Kansas, No. 13 Texas and No. 14 Iowa State.
Additionally, the men’s and women’s team are ranked fourth and 10th, respectively, in the Midwest Region.
Heading into the final stretch of the indoor season, with NCAA’s just two weeks away, four Sooners are seeded in the top-10 of their respective events.
On the men’s team, Kevin Williams sits third in the 5,000-meter run with a personal-best effort of 13:38.57, while Oklahoma’s mile record holder, Patrick Casey, is fourth in the mile with a career-low time of 3:56.28.
Tia Brooks still leads all women in the shot put with her throw of 61-6.75 (18.76m) recorded at the beginning of the season. Teammate Claire McConnell made a monumental shift in the standings after she broke her own school record, and passed the 4,000-point barrier for the first time in her career, to sit tenth in the pentathlon standings and put herself into national contention.
The men are fresh off a second-place finish at the Big 12 Championships, which saw the distance medley relay team of Frezer Legesse, Ethan Baker and Malcolm Wankel walk away with a gold medal. Casey also grabbed to other wins and high-point recognition after he crossed the line first in both the mile and 1,000-meter race.
Brooks was OU’s lone champion on the women’s team after she claimed her third-straight indoor shot put title, to help lead the women to an eighth-place finish at the conference meet.
The Sooners will conclude the 2013 indoor season March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark., at the Randal Tyson Track Center for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Arkansas. Select OU representatives will take to the track this weekend at a regional site for a Last Chance Qualifier meet.