LUBBOCK, Texas – Oklahoma State outdoor track & field continued its winning ways at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships on Saturday with several impressive performances, highlighted by Ryan Smeeton returning to the top step of the podium in the Steeplechase.
Smeeton won his second career Big 12 Championship in the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase in dominating fashion, leading from start-to-finish and crossing the line six seconds ahead of teammate Will Muirhead with a time of 8:47.87. The Cowboys swept the top three spots on the podium, with Smeeton, Muirhead and Victor Shitsama cruising to victory and earning 24 team points in the process.
Earlier in the day, Bailey Golden shattered the school record in the women’s Heptathlon, scoring 5,802 points on her way to a third-place finish overall. Golden broke her previous personal best in the event by 277 points and moves her all the way up to ninth in the NCAA unofficially. Ella Teammate Olivija Vaitaityte also broke the previous school record in the event, scoring 5,770 points in her fourth-place finish.
The two Cowgirl Heptathletes have likely secured their berths at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., next month as they currently sit ninth and tenth in the country. The top 24 athletes in the event qualify for the national championships.
“Bailey had the performance we have known was in her for a couple of years,” Throw, Multis and Vaults Coach Josh Langley said. “She was calm and composed all weekend and just executed her events from her.
I also think Olivija is the top freshman in the country right now and for her to put up that score in her first year speaks volumes to her willingness to buy into what we do here. She’s a great competitor with a bright future.”
Max Braht continued the multis success, placing eighth in the Decathlon with 7,042 points after starting the day 12th overall. Braht finished the final two events, the Javelin and 1,500 Meters, in fourth and third to secure the All-Big 12 finish.
“Breaking the 7,000 point barrier is a big deal,” Langley said. “Max performed well, but he just absolutely willed himself to this mark. From a walk-on Pole Vaulter who asked to change events because he just wanted to find a way to contribute… What a journey and a great way to go out.”
The prelims for the running events began Saturday afternoon with the 1,500 Meters. National champion Taylor Roe won her heat with a time of 4:19.07 and was the top finisher in the preliminary round. Heidi Demeo and Sivan Auerbach also qualified for Sunday’s final with top three finishes in each of their heats. Demeo broke her previous PR by nearly four seconds with her time of 4:21.60 and Auerbach qualified with a time of 4:28.99.
In the men’s 1,500, the Cowboys swept the top spot in both heats with ryan schoppe and Fouad Messaoudi winning the two races. Schoppe came through with the top time in the prelims, finishing in 3:43.27 while Messaoudi clocked a time of 3:45.10.
Isaiah Priddy and Chris Middleton-Pearson also qualified for the 1,500 Meter final with times of 3:45.03 and 3:47.29, respectively, giving the Cowboys four of the nine spots in the final.
charlie bartholomew exploded onto the scene in the men’s 400 Meter Dash, clocking the third-fastest time in school history, finishing his heat in 45.94 seconds. Bartholomew will move onto Sunday’s final in the event against some of the top sprinters in the country.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls return on Sunday for the final day of the competition. The Cowboys currently sit fourth in the standings with 37 points with the Cowgirls right behind in fifth with 26 points through two days of action. Competition starts at 7 am CT with the men’s and women’s 5,000 Meters, which were moved to the morning due to the expected triple-digit temperatures in Lubbock.
The entirety of the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championship is streamed live on ESPN+ with live results will be updated throughout the weekend at the link below.
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