STILLWATER – Oklahoma State men’s and women’s indoor track & field each cracked the top-25 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) ratings index for the fourth straight week, the organization announced Monday.
The Cowboys continue their upward trajectory to No. 6 this week, moving up in every poll thus far. Their ranking this week is the second-highest ranking in program history after their No. 3 overall ranking during the 2013 season.
Fouad Messaoudi, Ryan Schoppe and Alex Maier remain the stalwarts for the team, accumulating 91.72 of the Cowboys’ 93.89 points in the index. Messaoudi currently ranks third in the country in the 3,000 Meters and eighth in the Mile, setting both programs records in the process. Schoppe sits right behind in both events, sitting fifth in the 3K and 14th in the Mile overall. Long-distance specialist Alex Maier also stands in the top 10 in two events, seated third in the NCAA in the 5,000 Meters and seventh in the 3K.
All three also teamed up with sprinter DJ McArthur to set the second-fastest Distance Medley Relay in the NCAA this season with their time of 9:29.08 at the Razorback Invitational.
On the women’s side, the Cowgirls moved up one spot this week to No. 21 after several impressive performances at the Husky Classic and Tyson Invitational this past weekend.
As it stands, Natalie Cook, Gabija Galvydyte, Taylor Roe, Ariadni Adamopoulou, Bailey Golden and the Cowgirl DMR all hold national-qualifying marks with one weekend left in the regular season.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will all compete in the Arkansas Qualifier in Fayetteville before heading to Lubbock, Texas, for the Big 12 Indoor Championships from Feb. 24-25.
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