Can you say "Dynasty?"
The Cowboy Cross Country team captured its third national title in four years at the 2012 NCAA Championships at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
Coach Dave Smith's Pokes earned 72 points, beating defending champ Wisconsin by 63 points to claim the school's 51st NCAA team title in all sports.
OSU's top four runners put in career-best performances at the championship meet. Senior Girma Mecheso led the Pokes, finishing the 10K course in fifth place with a time of 29:14.8. Also finishing in the top 10, Tom Farrell finished ninth in 29:26.3 with Shadrack Kipchirchir (29:43.0) and Joseph Manilafasha (29:48.8) close behind in 18th and 24th place. By finishing in the top 40, Mecheso, Farrell, Kipchirchir and Manilfasha all earned All-American honors.
Running in his first NCAA championship, Shane Moskowitz (30:22.6), clinched the title by finishing 53rd to round out the team scoring. Kirubel Erassa (30:44.8) and Fabian Clarkson (31:15.2) finished 102nd and 164th, respectively.
Smith was recently named coach of the year by the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Fans can try to keep up with OSU's harriers via Facebook and Twitter @Run4Okstate.
OKLAHOMA STATE (7-3)
at OKLAHOMA (8-2)
Saturday, Nov. 24 –
Kickoff 2:30 pm CT
Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
Radio: Cowboy Sports Network
Cowboy Football heads south down I-35 to take on the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday afternoon in Bedlam action. Kickoff is set for 2:30 pm.
OSU enters the Bedlam game No. 22 in the Associated Press poll, while the Sooners are ranked 14th. The Pokes are 6-2 in their last eight games against the AP top 25.
Get ready for the game with the help of OSU's online Gameday Guide. The site is your source for matchup information (including rosters, schedules and stats). For those going to the Norman, don't miss the Road Rally welcoming the team to the stadium before the game.
BBall & Wrestling Doubleheader Sunday
Cowboy Basketball will host Portland State this Sunday, Nov. 25, at 1 pm inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. Fans with hoops tickets are encouraged to stick around for OSU Wrestling vs. Penn at 4 pm. Tickets start at just $10 for the basketball game, which includes admission to the wrestling match.
OSU (4-0) entered the national college basketball polls this week, coming in at 20th in the Associated Press poll and No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches poll. Coach Travis Ford's Cowboys are coming off a tournament title at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, where they defeated sixth-ranked N.C. State 76-56 in the championship game.
On the mat, John's Smith's squad crowned four champs at the Joe Parisi Lindenwood Open this past Saturday. Picking up titles were 2011 NCAA champion Jordan Oliver (149), All-Americans Tyler Caldwell (165) and Chris Perry (174) and redshirt freshman Alex Dieringer (157).
Still Time to Turn in Bowl Request Forms
Make plans now to join the Pokes at their post-season destination.
THE TICKET OFFICE IS CURRENTLY TAKING BOWL REQUEST FORMS. Download Bowl Ticket Request Form (PDF)
POSSE Priority Points (used in the bowl allocation process) will be ranked Dec. 1, so don't delay.
Pre-ordering Cowboy Football bowl game tickets through the OSU ticket office helps keep the Pokes an attractive postseason pick and is the best way to sit among bright orange at the game.
Bowl tickets are allocated based on POSSE Priority Point ranking, with the number of seats that may be requested based on 2012 POSSE Donor Level. Depending on fan demand and bowl allotment, tickets are subject to availability.
Pay or view invoices online, sign up for payment plans, check POSSE Priority Points, donor ranking and ticket status
The Cowboy duo of Le'Bryan Nash and Marcus Smart swept the Big 12 weekly awards ... Nash was named the Player of the Week, while Smart received Rookie of the Week honors.
Nash averaged 20 points and 6.7 rebounds in leading the Cowboys to a tournament title at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. He scored a game-high 23 points in the championship game against sixth-ranked N.C. State.
Smart, named the tourney MVP, averaged 17 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while also recording 13 assists, 10 steals and five blocked shots in the three-game showcase.