Aug. 28, 2012
STILLWATER - The Oklahoma State men's cross country team will begin the season No. 2 in the nation, according to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national rankings released today.
The Cowboys received 345 votes and one first-place vote, and will begin the season behind the No. 1 team, Wisconsin, who received 357 total votes and 10 first-place votes.The ranking is in large part due to the team winning their fouth-straight Big 12 Championship and their second-place finish at the NCAA Championships
Expected to lead the way for Oklahoma State in 2012 is a trio of cross country All-Americans in Girma Mecheso, Tom Farrell and Shadrack Kipchirchir. Track All-American Fabian Clarkson (3,000 meter steeplechase) and All-Big 12 cross country performers Kirubel Erassa and Joseph Manilafasha should also factor heavily into the mix.
The Cowboys open the season this Saturday when they compete in the Hurricane Invitational in Tulsa, Okla.
Also receiving votes:
Providence 28, Florida 23, Ohio State 21, Virginia 12, North Carolina 9, California 8, Cal Poly 7, Iowa State 5, William & Mary 3, Dartmouth 1, Michigan State 1, Virginia Tech 1.