Still water – Oklahoma State’s track and field competed Friday at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California, where several distance runners made their outdoor season debut at various events.
History was made in Palo Alto when the signing of OSU and high school superstar Natalie Cook took over the field of college and professional athletes as the lone high school runner at the event. Cook broke the girls’ 5K record in almost ten seconds with her time of 15: 25.93, in third place in the race and defeated every college athlete in the field.
Cook’s time was good enough to win the NCAA 5K outdoor title last year and would raise the current program record by almost 16 seconds, set by former Cowgirl state champion Jackie Goodman all the way through 1989.
Returns twice outside All-American Ryan Smithon Returned to the outdoor arena for the first time since finishing third in the NCAA outdoor championship last year in the 3,000-meter hurdles.
Samton kept his pace in the middle of the bunch for most of the race before exploding in the final lap to secure his first win in 2022 with an NCAA lead time of 8: 34.37.
In the men’s 10,000 meters, Alex Meyer and Shea Foster Each was positioned in the middle of the pack before joining the front pack that bursts into the last 2,000 feet or so. Meyer jumped forward and ran a personal best time of 28: 18.18, which puts him fourth on OSU’s all-time list in 5K. Foster also finished with an impressive time of 28: 25.44, placing him right behind Mayer in fifth place in the show’s history.
During the open section of the 10K, Victory Shitsama joined the cowboy strategy of sitting in a band and waiting for the right opportunity to storm. He ran at a steady pace between 1:08 and 1:11 in each lap until the last two, finishing at 1:06 and 1:03 to give him the win in the heat with 12 seconds of 28: 51.86.
Grant Wilcox, Rory Leonard and Will Meirhead He also competed for the Cowboys on Friday in the 5,000-meter dash, finishing in times of 14: 35.87, 13: 59.71 and 13: 55.75, respectively. All three established PR colleges out in the event when they competed out for the first time this season.
Heidi Demio opened the night for the Cowgirls, who competed in the women’s 5K, finishing with a time of 16: 46.12. Immediately after Demio was Clarissa Morales in the women’s 10,000 meters, who set a massive public outing in the competition with a time of 33: 55.05.
OSU also competed in three athletes on Friday at the Baylor Invitational, with Hannah Bradford, Sam Mason and Zack Robbins Competing for the second time this season in the hammer throw.
Robbins came out and launched the second-longest shot in school history, behind only Olympic qualifier Nick Miller with a 56.96-meter shot on Friday afternoon. Mason followed Robbins with a fifth shot of 51.72 yards.
Bradford also set a new personal best at throwing a hammer with a throw of 51.19 meters, which earned her second place in the meet. She also improved her status as the seventh best shot in the program’s history.
While the Stanford team is over for the weekend, the action intensifies in Baylor on Saturday with multiple event groups competing for the Cowboys and Cowgirls in Waco, Texas.
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