Thursday, April 18, 2013

Track and Field: OU Men and Women Remain in Top 25

The University of Oklahoma men’s and women’s track and field teams remain in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top 25 as the No. 17 and No. 24 teams in the country, respectively. The announcement comes after several Sooners made their last trip to Fayetteville, Ark., for the John McDonnell Invitational this past weekend.

Six other Big 12 teams are in the men’s ranking, including No. 6 Texas, No. 16 Texas Tech, No. 20 Kansas State, No. 23 Oklahoma State and No. 25 Baylor. The women are joined by fellow Big 12 representatives: No. 1 Kansas, No. 7 Texas, No. 15 Texas Tech, No. 16 Iowa State and No. 17 Baylor.

Additionally, the men’s and women’s team are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Midwest Region.

In the midst of the outdoor season, two members of the men’s team carry top-10 times in the NCAA. Senior Riley Masters is the top-ranked student athlete in the 1,500-meter run, after he clocked a 3:40.77 to win the event at the Stanford Invitational, while Tre’ Lathan holds the 10th-best time in the 110-meter high hurdles after he stopped the clock in 13.68 at the John McDonnell Invitational.

After a stellar performance at the Sun Angel Classic, senior Tia Brooks still leads all NCAA competitors in the shot put with an OU record-holding throw of 61-5.50 (18.73m). Her performance marked the sixth-best throw by a female shot putter in NCAA Outdoor Track and Field history, and earned her honorable mention status for the USTFCCCA National Female Athlete of the Week.

A pair of freshmen javelin throwers, Elizabeth Herrs and Avione Allgood, currently hold the third- and seventh-best distances in the country in the event. Herrs sits third overall with a distance of 173-9.00 (52.97) after she won the event at the Arkansas Spring Invitational, while Allgood holds the seventh-best distance with a throw of 170-5.00 (51.94m) recorded at the Tulsa Duels.

The Sooners are back in action this weekend with a busy schedule. Select student-athletes will travel to the Larry Ellis Invitational, April 19-20 in Princeton, N.J., while others will compete in Waco Texas at the Michael Johnson Classic and Bloomington, Ind., at the Polytan Invitational.

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