Cross Country No. 2 in National Preseason Rankings

Joseph Manilafasha

Joseph Manilafasha

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.

Men's 2012 Preseason Rankings
1. Wisconsin 357 (10)
2. Oklahoma State 345 (1)
3. Brigham Young 338 (1)
4. Oklahoma 299
5. Colorado 297
6. Texas 291
7. Portland 282
8. Iona 278
9. Stanford 251
10. Florida State 231
11. NC State 226
12. Syracuse 216
13. Indiana 206
14. Georgetown 191
15. Texas A&M 178
16. Villanova 149
17. Northern Arizona141
18. Minnesota 133
19. Michigan 131
20. Tulsa 129
21. Princeton 121
22. Oregon 118
23. Arkansas 95
24. New Mexico 87
25. Notre Dame 81
26. Washington State71
27. Columbia 62
28. Georgia 58
29. Eastern Kentucky55
30. UCLA 44

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.

 

 

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