OSU Outdoor Track & Field kicks off post-season action at Big 12 outdoor tournament

Lubbock, Texas – Oklahoma’s outdoor track and field games kick off after the season ends with a trip to Lubbock, Texas, for the Big 12 outdoor track and field championships Friday through Sunday.

The Cowgirls’ Big 12 Championship kicks off on Friday Gabi Hentman And Clarissa Morales In the women’s 10,000 meters. The race was originally scheduled to complete on Friday, but was moved to 7 a.m. pivot time due to the expected high temperatures.

“The Big 12 is one of the premier track and field conferences in the NCAA,” Track & Field and Cross Country Director Dave Smith She said. “We are excited to test ourselves against the best this weekend in Lubbock.”

Hentemann graduated from an indoor season in which she finished second in the 5K and third in the 3K at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Morales is currently ranked third in the conference with her time of 33:55.05 set at the Stanford Invitational in April.

After 10K, school record holder Olivija Vaitaityte And Billy Golden Compete in four of her seven events in Friday’s heptathlon, starting with the 100-meter hurdles. Vaitaityte and Golden are currently ranked second and third in the conference, respectively, and are the event’s highest scorers in the program’s history.

“The heptathlon could be a huge event for our women’s team,” Smith said. “Both Billy Golden And Olivija Vaitaityte They are currently qualified for the NCAA Championships, but they may need a little bit of improvement to retain their positions, which I think they will have this weekend.”

Isai Rodriguez, Shea Foster and Rory Leonard start things off for the Cowboys in the men’s 10,000m right after the women’s race Friday morning. Foster is currently third in the Big 12 with a time of 28:25.44 at the Stanford Invitational. Rodriguez holds the third fastest time in school history with his personal best time of 27:52.92 running in the 2021 NCAA Championship.

Max Pratt follows the men’s Decathlon’s 10K crew, currently ranking second in school history with his personal best total of 6,742 points scored at last year’s Big 12 Outdoor Championships. Six of the Decathlon’s 10 events will take place on Friday and the remaining four will finish on Saturday morning.

OSU launchers Hannah BradfordAnd Jonah OrangeSam Mason and Zac Robbins will compete on Friday in Hammer Throw. The women compete first at 11 a.m. with the next men at 1:30 p.m., all four in the top 10 in Cowgirl and Cowboy history, with Robbins and Mason retaining second and third place in program history at the event.

The competition ramps up on Saturday with several preliminary events along with several field events. Braht, Golden and Vaitaityte start today wrapping up Decathlon and Heptathlon events starting at 11am

Six female hat-holders will start Saturday night in the Women’s 1500m Brilliance. Taylor RoweAnd Sivan AuerbachAnd Heidi DemoAnd Colin StegmanAnd Crystal Rodriguez And Maddy Salk He will compete in two of the qualifiers with the top three winners from each round, and the next three best to qualify for the final.

On the men’s side, Ryan Shobe, Fouad Al-Massudi, Isaiah Brady, Keanne Davis and Chris Middleton Pearson will compete in the 1500 preliminary competitions immediately after the women’s race. Schoppe and Messaoudi are the top seeders in the event as Schoppe broke the school’s record in the event with a time of 3:37.43 earlier this season at the Bryan Clay Invitational.

“We are strong in the men’s and women’s 1500m,” Smith said. “These fields are full, and the best athlete in those fields has vastly different skills and strategies which makes watching these races really fun.”

After 1500 men, Ariadne Adamopoulou And Anna Errault Competing in the Women’s Pole Vault at 6:30 p.m. Adamopoulou holds the school’s record in the event both indoors and outdoors and currently ranks seventh in the Big 12 with a 4.15m vault at the Baylor Invitational.

In the women’s 400m Prelims, Kalaya AliNikki Dixon Christina OlisonAnd Tori Ortiz And Tamara Woodley They will all be looking to qualify for the finals between four rounds. Olison, Dixon, and Woodley are currently ranked third, fourth, and sixth in program history.

Four of them will also run in the women’s 4×400 relay, which broke the school’s record earlier this season at the Texas Relays.

Charlie Bartholomew, DJ MacArthur, Cash Mirotka, Cooper Newsom, Hunter Reimers and Corey White will compete as the Cowboys in the men’s 400m Brilliance over five rounds. Four of them will also work on the 4X400 Squad, which also broke the school record earlier this season at the Baylor Invitational.

“The men’s and women’s 4 x 400m relay teams are on fire all year long,” Smith said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they each broke the school record they set earlier this season.”

Indoor all American Gabiga Galvedt Runs the Women’s 800m Brilliance Side-by-Side Lily LavierAnd Jenna McCains owner And Mackenzie Michael. Galvydyte is the fifth fastest time in school history in this event and is ranked 12y in the country. She finished second in the Big 12 indoor championships in the 800m and will be looking for her first Big 12 title on Sunday.

“Gabiga has become one of the best middle distance runners in the country,” Smith said. “She will definitely have a chance to prove that this weekend against a stellar field that includes the NCAA champion.”

Three-time American Ryan Smeaton will be looking for the Big 12 championship in his second career on Saturday in the 3000m hurdles alongside teammates Will Muirhead and Victor Chitsama. Smeeton placed second and third in the NCAA meeting in this event and is currently number one in the conference at Steeplechase.

Those who qualify through the preliminaries on Saturday will compete in the finals on Sunday with a chance to score vital points in the team’s scoring race.

Live scores will be updated throughout the weekend at the link below.


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