Cowgirl Indoor Track & Field Cracks Top 5 in USTFCCCA Rankings for First Time in Program History

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State women’s indoor track & field appeared in the top 5 of the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Ratings Index for the first time in program history, the organization announced Monday.
The Cowgirls achieved their highest ranking in program history at No. 4 following a historic weekend that included four school records and five marks inside the top 5 in the NCAA this season. The women’s Distance Medley Relay squad of Billah Jepkirui, Tamara Woodley, Gabija Galvydyte and Taylor Roe enters this week with the top mark in the NCAA with their time of 10:47.20 in Boston last weekend.
Earlier in the meet, Roe also ran the fourth-fastest 5,000 Meter time in NCAA history with her mark of 15:12.71, which currently ranks third in the NCAA. Jepkirui also completed an impressive double as she dropped the No. 7 Mile time in the nation to go along with her No. 4 3,000 Meter mark set back in December. In the field, Winny Bii moved herself back into the top 5 in the NCAA in the Triple Jump with her leap of 13.72 Meters, which ranks fourth in the country.
Three other Cowgirls cracked the top 10 in the national rankings as Roe (No. 9, 3,000 Meters), Olivija Vaitaityte (No. 9, Pentathlon) and Galvydyte (No. 10, 800 Meters) each helped boost the Cowgirls to their highest spot in program history. Rounding out the rankings for the Cowgirls are Molly Born (No. 11, 5,000 Meters), Galvydyte (No. 22, Mile) and Saara Hakanen (No. 32, High Jump).
On the men’s side, the Cowboys remained in the top 25 at No. 17 this week after several impressive performances in Boston. Brian Musau and Ryan Schoppe continue to hold their spots in the top 10 of the 3,000 Meters at fifth and sixth, respectively. Alex Maier and Denis Kipngetich also each sit in the top 17 in both the 3,000 Meters and 5,000 Meters.
The men’s 4×400 Meter squad of Caio Almeida, Jordon Smith, DJ McArthur and Justin Smith enter this week ranked No. 16 after setting the school record in the event this past weekend. Rounding out the rankings for the Cowboys are Musau (No. 17, Mile), Philip Frank (No. 19, Heptathlon), Laban Kipkemboi (No. 22, Mile), Schoppe (No. 24, Mile) and Mehdi Yanouri (No. 28, 800 Meters).
The Cowboys and Cowgirls return to action Friday, Feb. 16, for the Arkansas Qualifier at the Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. At last year’s Qualifier, the men’s DMR of Fouad Messaoudi, DJ McArthur, Hafez Mahadi and Schoppe broke the world and collegiate record in the event with their time of 9:16.40.
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