Jan. 10, 2013
Arkansas-Oklahoma State Dual
January 11, 2013 | Randal Tyson Track Center| Fayetteville, Ark.
The Oklahoma State women's track and field team returns to action this weekend when it travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Dual. This is the first of four trips to Fayetteville for the Pokes. Events will begin at 4:00 p.m.
The Cowboys will not be competing this week.
OSU Schedule of Events
60-Meter Hurdles-4:20 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Cowgirls had an impressive day at the Kansas State All Comers meet on Dec. 8, including a good showing by freshmen Kaela Edwards and Chase Ealey. Edwards finished in third place in the 600-yards, clocking in at 1:24.54, and Ealey placed first and set a personal best in the shot put with her throw of 15.78m/51-09.25.
Clara Nichols also had an impressive afternoon. In the 300-meters, she held off Kansas State's Samantha McKnight for a second-place finish with a time of 41.09.
"Our women had a good day," said OSU assistant coach Sean McCabe. "Clara Nichols had a great race and placed second. The freshman women performed very well for their first meet in a college track setting."
In weight throw, Caitlin Way's throw of 17.30m/56-09.25 earned her a first-place finish.
At the Kansas State All Comers meet in December, a combined seven members of the men's and women's track and field teams set new personal bests in their respective events.
For the men, Cody Kenny ran a 7.16 in the 60-meters, Tyler Payton ran a 1:11.95 in the 600-yards to, Kevin Colón ran a 4:20.06 in the mile and Nick Miller threw a distance of 19.41m/63-08.25 in a weight throw.
Natalja Piliusina will begin the 2013 indoor track season as the nation's top runner in the women's 800-meters.
Piliusina is coming off a 2012 indoor season where she captured her second-straight Big 12 conference title in the 800m and was runner up in the same event at the NCAA national meet. She also hit a new personal best in the 800-meters with a school-record 2:03.46 at the Alex Wilson Invitational.
Along with Piliusina, freshman Chase Ealey is the other ranked Cowgirl, coming in 25th in the shot put.
For the 2012-13 indoor season, the NCAA has eliminated automatic qualifying times to the NCAA Championships meet.
Qualification to the championships is based on descending-order list for the season. For each individual event contested, the top 16 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 12 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition. The stated maximums are absolute and will not be extended as a result of ties.
Big 12 Women's Performance List
1. Adela Hofmannova -2:52.97
5. Clara Telford-10.77/35-4.00
6. Jacy Steelman-10.32m/33-10.25
4. Caitlin Way -17.30/56-9.25
A Few Words From Head Coach Dave Smith
On the women's dual with Arkansas
"We've been gone for three or four weeks away from campus and not practicing. Now we're trying to get back into it. This is kind of a rust-buster to see where we are. Most of the women will be running off events. I want them to be really competitive and run hard. I'm not too concerned with the overall times and places at this time of the year, but I want to see some good effort."
On the importance of early season meets
"The deeper into the season you go, the more important the meets are. The fact of indoor season is it's so short. Our conference meet is six weeks away so that means we have a six-week season for most of the athletes. We have a couple of big meets that we're looking forward too. There's one in Arkansas on the 26th of this month, and there will be very good competition there. Two weeks later we go to Seattle to compete at the University of Washington, and that's a really big meet for us. There is a really high level of competition, and we usually get a lot of PR's out of that meet. In terms of places and competing we're obviously focused on the Big 12 meet. We need to get out of the cellar for the women, and the men we want to keep competing with that top half of the conference. I think both teams could end up in the top half of the conference this year, and that would be the first time that's happened in a long time."
On posting seven PR's at Kansas State All-Comers
"It was an awesome start to the season. For most of those kids who competed, they hadn't done anything since May. To come right out the block like that in the first competition and to already be better than they left off last year is pretty impressive. I think the throws group had an especially good meet and had a lot of PR's and big marks, and that's pretty exciting."