STILLWATER – The Oklahoma State track and field program released its 2016 outdoor schedule Thursday featuring some of the biggest relays in the nation and meets in nine states.
The OSU school year will be over by mid-May, but the track and field teams will be getting into the meat of their season with the Big 12 Championships in Ft. Worth, Texas, scheduled for May 13, the NCAA West Regionals two weeks later in Lawrence, Kansas, and the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon on June 8.
Chad Noelle was the Cowboy standout at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships, taking home the 1,500-meter crown and becoming the 15th Cowboy to ever win a national title. His outdoor eligibility is up this season, but the Cowboys also had John Teeters and the 4X100-meter relay team reach the NCAA Championships last season and both will look to do it again this year.
For the Cowgirls – besides former Cowgirl Natalja Piliusina – Savannah Camacho, Ingeborg Loevnes and Kaela Edwards each made it to Eugene last year and all three are returning for the 2016 outdoor season as well.
The Texas, Drake and Penn Relays show up on the OSU schedule this year, with the Texas Relays looming in only two weeks and the Penn Relays and Drake Relays scheduled for the same weekend in late April.
At last year’s Drake Relays, the Cowgirl middle-distance crew completed a middle-distance relay sweep, winning the 4X800, 4X1600 and distance medley relays to become the fourth team to ever sweep those three races at the Drake Relays.
Overall OSU came away with five relay titles during the meet in Des Moines, Iowa.
The remaining schedule features three trips to Fayetteville, Arkansas, three meets on Stanford’s campus in Palo Alto, California, a couple of meets in Oklahoma and one at the University of Arizona, among others.
The full schedule can be seen on both teams’ schedule pages at okstate.com.