Cowgirls break 4x400-relay school record

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OSU Track and Field at the Sooner Challenge in Norman, Jan 19, 2019.

The Oklahoma State women’s track and field team wrapped up competition in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Saturday, which included a record-breaking performance from the Cowgirls’ 4x400-meter relay team. 

The team of Aaliyah Birmingham, Christina Ollison, Kalaya Ali and Nicolette Dixon ran a time of 3:39.86 to break the previous record, set in 1997, by 1.44 seconds.

“The four women that ran today obviously did a great job,” head coach Dave Smith said. “The women’s sprint group is really rolling right now. Coach McDonnell has them running well and I think that’s just the start and that they have the ability to run a lot faster as the year goes on.”

Birmingham and Ollison also had solid individual performances. Birmingham placed sixth after she ran 7.35 in the 60-meter final. Ollison ran a time of 54.91 to finish fifth place in the 400-meter run. 

“Birmingham is…a quiet leader that gives the other women confidence,” assistant sprints coach Magnus Scott said. “Her 60-meter time is very consistent and she’s running at a pace that is a little faster than where she was...a year ago.”

Freshmen Taylor Roe and Heidi Demeo had standout performances for the Cowgirls in the mile, finishing third and fourth, respectively. Demeo was making her OSU debut, while Roe was running in her second indoor meet.

The Cowgirls finished the meet in 12th overall with 9.5 points, 86.5 points behind first-place LSU.

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