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Cowboys and Cowgirls ready for Big 12 Indoor Championship

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Abbie Hetherington, an OSU cross-country runner, won the 2017 Big 12 title in the 1000-meter race.

For the tenth time Dave Smith, director of Cross Country and Track and Field, team will oversee his athletes compete in the Big 12 Indoor Championship Friday and Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls look to redeem their efforts from last year’s Indoor Championships. In the team rankings, the Cowboys placed seventh and the Cowgirls eighth.

In his tenth year as director, Smith shared his favorite parts about competing in the Big 12 Indoor Championships.

“The weather is always great,” Smith said. “I love indoor track because it’s a much tighter venue and the fans, competitors and athletes are much closer in to the action which creates an atmosphere with electricity and enthusiasm.”

The weather inside the Sports Performance Center should be as perfect running conditions as athletes can get in February. Being indoors may or may not play have a slight influence on that.

As for the energy, OSU will have plenty to cheer for. Smith said he thinks there is a lot of excitement in the sprints group.

“I’m really excited to watch Ashton Hicks in the 400 meters and Aaliyah Birmingham in the 60 meters,” Smith said.

Birmingham has been in great form this indoor season breaking the school record in the 60 meters three meets in a row.

The Big 12 Indoor Championships will also give some OSU seniors their last shot at claiming a Big 12 individual title. Kaylee Dodd, a Cowgirl middle-distance senior, is one of those seniors in the hunt to earn that honor.