Oklahoma State men's cross country wins national championship

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: November 17, 2012
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The Oklahoma State men's cross country team won its third national championship in four years Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

The Cowboys earned 72 points, beating Wisconsin by 63 points to claim the school's 51st NCAA team title in all sports.

Girma Mecheso led the Pokes, finishing in fifth place with a time of 29:14.8. It was his best finish ever at the national championships.

“I'm really proud of the way the guys ran,” said OSU coach Dave Smith. “I'm thrilled with the way they responded and bounced back from last year. We were second last year and were dejected and left with our heads down. We could have folded up camp and crumbled and not have been a trophy team this year.”

Also running his best time of the season, Tom Farrell finished in ninth place with 9:26.3. Shadrack Kipchirchir (29:43.0) and Joseph Manilfasha (29:48.8) rounded out the top-25 by finishing in 18th and 24th place, respectively.

“It went the way we planned,” said Kipchirchir. “Dave told us to run together and we did. We stood our ground and we finished well. It was amazing.”

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2012 NCAA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Men's Team Results – Top 5

1. Oklahoma State - 72

2. Wisconsin -135

3. Colorado - 158

4. Northern Arizona - 191

5. Florida State - 238

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