Both men’s and women’s teams prepare for one of their last meets.
Oklahoma State cross-country dominated in the Regional Championships last weekend; however, the upcoming NCAA Championships are a whole new animal.
OSU cross-country has had its far share of shocking moments this season. With multiple All-Big 12 athletes and both teams ranked top 15, the NCAA Championships don’t seem like a far-off dream.
In the past couple of meets, the Cowgirls have made large strides to better themselves and their ranking. The women’s team started the year unranked, the underdogs of the Big 12. But now, the team is almost in the top 10, hitting the rankings at No. 11.
Earlier in the season, coach Dave Smith said runners such as Savannah Camacho and Kaylee Dodd were bound to improve this season, and they did. Camacho and Dodd placed in the top five at the Regionals last weekend.
The Cowboys, on the other hand, started out the season with the cross-country world in the palm of their hands. The men’s team has slowly crept its way up the rankings, sitting at No. 4.
This weekend, the team's only concerns are No. 1 Colorado, No. 2 Syracuse and No. 3 Stanford.
“We really haven’t raced against anybody else in the top 30,” Smith said.
Despite the lack of experience against higher ranked teams, the runners are expected to finish out the season strong. Usual top 10 runners for OSU such as Anthoney Armstrong, Brian Gohlke and Cerake Geberkidane have been consistent along with a few other names, and the championships shouldn’t be any different.
On Saturday, the teams take to the Tom Sawyer State Park course in Louisville, Kentucky. The women’s race will start at noon, and the men’s will start at 1 p.m.