Jan. 26, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Tom Farrell, Kirubel Erassa, Fabian Clarkson and Shane Moskowitz all ran the mile in faster than four minutes to highlight Oklahoma State's showing at the 2013 Razorback Invitational.
Farrell finished in second place in the mile invitational with a time of 3:58.20 and Erassa placed third with a time of 3:58.24. Both runners set personal bests and moved themselves onto the school's top 10 list, Farrell to second and Erassa to third. Clarkson finished in fifth place with a time of 3:59.47, which moved him to sixth all-time. Moskowitz, (3:59.48) set a personal best when he finished in sixth place, and he moved to seventh all-time on the record list.
Those four runners also now hold four of the top six spots in the nation in the mile and in the Big 12. Farrell is second, Erassa third, Clarkson fifth and Moskowitz sixth on both lists.
"It was unbelievable and really impressive," said OSU head coach Dave Smith "Tom Farrell did all the work and everyone else let him set the pace. I'm really proud of Tom, he did a great job as did the rest of those guys under four minutes. That four under four minutes in the same day was great. Raul Botezan broke four minutes last year, so now we have five sub four guys on our team and I don't think there is a team in the country that can compete with that."
Nick Miller continued to shine in the weight throw, finishing in first place and setting a new personal best with a throw of 20.81m/68-03.25. That distance put him in second place nationally and first place in the Big 12.
"It's an outstanding job by Nick. It's a huge PR. He broke the school record and took over the national lead in an event that's not really his event. He's a hammer thrower and they don't have that indoors. The weight throw is a different event and he's learning and getting better and better so good job to him and John Baumann."
In the mile (separate of the one Farrell, Erassa, Clarkson and Moskowitz starred in), OSU claimed three out of the top four spots. Justin Vilhauer crossed the finish line at 4:06.57 and finished in first place. Taylor Monaghan (4:06.79) and Tommy Casey (4:10.27) finished in third and four place, respectively. With his time, Monaghan set a personal best.
In the 3,000 meter invitational, Shadrack Kipchirchir finished in third place with a time of 8:00.41. That time put him in second place in the Big 12.
Lace Gray (1:54.40) and Austin Wright (1:55.53) also set personal bests in the 800 meters.
For the Cowgirls, Natalja Piliusina competed in her signature event for the first time this season and took third in the 800 meters by crossing the finishing line in 2:04.35. Her time moved her to third nationally.
"She opened up last year at 2:05 at this meet," said Smith. "I thought she looked good. 2:04 is her third fastest time indoors. It's early in the season and she's where she needs to be and she'll run much faster as the season goes on."
In the 3,000 meters, Jackie Campos (9:47.93) finished in first place and Victoria Fratczak (9:50.02) finished in second place. With her time of 9:57.90, Victoria Hanna finished in fifth place. Jenny Dyer set a personal best with her time of 10:34.25.
In the 800 meters invitational, Mihaela Bobos earned a first-place finish with her time of 2:12.82.
With her time of 4:46.20, Monika Juodeskaite moved herself into ninth place on the OSU mile top 10 list.
"I thought we did a good job this weekend, especially the men," said Smith "We had a lot of guys get out there and for a lot of guys this is their first major competition. Fabian Clarkson breaking four minutes in the mile was huge. There are guys I thought could do it, but Fabian doing it was huge for me. He just ran an incredible race. Both teams did really well. We had some people with conference and national leading marks and that's the way you want to start off the season."
Both teams will take a week off and return to action February 8 and 9 when they travel to Seattle, Wash. for the Husky Invitational and back to Fayetteville, Ark. For the Tyson Invitational.
Men's Individual Results
800 Meters Invitational
Women's Individual Results
* Denotes Personal Bests