Feb. 19, 2013
Cowgirl Track Cracks Top 25 For First Time
Cowboys Remain In Top 10
STILLWATER— For the first time since the national track and field team rankings took their current form, both the Oklahoma State men’s and women’s squads are in the top 25 at the same time. The men are No. 6 and the women are No. 22 in this week’s United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association rankings.
This is the first time the Cowgirls have appeared in the top 25 of the USTFCCCA rankings and it’s the first time the OSU men have been ranked in the top 10 in consecutive weeks (the Cowboys were third last week).
“We’re very excited,” OSU Coach Dave Smith said. “It really helps the perception of the program as more than just a cross country school, but at the end of the day it’s just a ranking—we have to go out there and prove it--starting this weekend in Iowa.”
Individually, OSU continues to be well-represented on the national performance lists.
In the 3,000 meters, Erassa (No. 6) Farrell (No. 9) and Clarkson (No. 15) all stayed in the top 15 this week. Shadrack Kipchirchir held his spot at No. 28, and Justin Vilhauer slid one spot to No. 43.
In the 5,000 meters, Kipchirchir’s school-record run of 13:38.57 in Seattle has him ranked third nationally.
Nick Miller stayed in the top 10 in the weight throw, checking in at No. 9.
On the women’s side, Natalja Piliusina is still in the top five in both the 800 meters (No. 5), and the mile (No. 4).
In the shot put, Chase Ealey kept her national ranking, showing up at No. 38 this week.
The OSU men’s and women’s track and field teams will be in Ames, Iowa, this weekend, Feb. 22-23, competing in the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships.
U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Men’s Team Computer Rankings
3 Texas A&M
4 Texas Tech
6 Oklahoma State
7 Penn State
12 Florida State
13 Arizona State
17 NC State
22 UT Arlington
23 Northern Arizona
25 Indiana State
U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Women’s Team Computer Rankings
8 Arizona State
9 Texas A&M
12 Iowa State
14 South Carolina
17 Indiana State
19 Wichita State
22 Oklahoma State
24 San Diego State
NCAA Division I Individual Event Rankings
Men’s Weight Throw
Women’s Shot Put