Feb. 9, 2013
OSU Track Puts Together Monster Day In Seattle
SEATTLE- A school record in the women's mile, yet another sub-four minute men's mile, seven top-10 marks in school history and 15 personal bests made for a huge day for Oklahoma State's men's and women's track and field teams at day two of the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday.
In the women's one mile invite, Natalja Piliusina, who already holds the school record in the 800m and 1000m, ran a 4:32.26 in the mile to give her another OSU record and third place in the event. That mark is good enough for fourth in the country.
"The mile isn't my main event so I would have been fine with whatever time I got," Piliusina said. "I just wanted to run a good race. But, to now have three school records means a lot. It's great to know I did something that will stick around for a while."
On the men's side, Raul Botezan became the fifth OSU male to achieve a sub-four minute mile this season, running it in 3:57.79. Coming into this weekend, no other school had more than one sub-four minute mile this season. That mark was a personal best for Botezan, and the second-fastest mile in OSU history. He finished in fifth place.
"It's really exciting for all of us," Botezan said. "It really helps the program grow. We are all able to motivate each other. We joke around about going out there, beating each other and moving each other down the list."
Monika Juodeskaite ran a blazing 9:10.83 in the women's 3000m, which was the second-fastest time in OSU history and destroyed her previous personal best by 35 seconds. She finished in 11th.
On the men's side, the Cowboys set seven personal bests in the 3000 meters. In the 3000m invite, Kirubel Erassa (7:50.92), Tom Farrell (7:51.77) and Fabian Clarkson (7:53.92) registered the second, third and seventh fastest 3000m times in OSU history. They placed fourth, fifth and eleventh in the event, respectively.
In the 3000m run, Justin Vilhauer, Brian Gohlke, Neal Smith and David Osborn all set personal marks. Vilhauer's time of 8:04.39 was good enough to win the event.
In the women's 400m, Clara Nichols ran the fourth-fastest time in OSU history, at 56.50. That landed her a fourth place finish in the event.
"It was unbelievable," OSU Coach Dave Smith said. "Both the men's and women's teams showed up ready to run fast. Last night Shadrack [Kipchirchir] started us off right with a school record and it just continued today. We just kept going and it kept building throughout the day. So many unbelievable performances. It was a great day."
OSU men's and women's track and field teams will return to action Feb. 16 in Norman, Okla., at the Sooner Invitational.
Feb. 8-9, 2013, Dempsey Indoor, Seattle, Wash.
Saturday, Feb. 9
Men's Individual Results
One Mile Invite
5. Raul Botezan - 3:57.79*
One Mile Run
21. Craig Nowak - 4:08.77
29. Taylor Monaghan - 4:09.57
40. Tommy Casey - 4:10.81
4. Kirubel Erassa - 7:50.92*
5. Tom Farrell - 7:51.77*
11. Fabian Clarkson - 7:53.92*
1. Justin Vilhauer - 8:04.39*
13. Brian Gohlke - 8:09.09*
24. Neal Smith - 8:11.52*
46. David Osborn - 8:17.50
49. Kevin Colon - 8:19.57*
51. Zach Wills - 8:20.41
-- Shadrack Kipchirchir - DNF
Women's Individual Results
4. Clara Nichols - 56.50
15. Mihaela Bobos - 2:12.96
One Mile Invite
3. Natalja Piliusina - 4:32.26*^
24. Kate Kujawa - 4:48.70*
One Mile Run
6. Adela Hofmannova - 4:49.92*
11. Monika Juodeskaite - 9:10.83*
7. Victoria Fratczak - 9:36.13*
14. Victoria Hanna - 9:43.70*
19. Erika LaCroix - 9:47.07*
-- Jackie Campos - DNF
* - Denotes personal best
^ - Denotes school record