The Oklahoma State men’s cross country took home the national championship title for the third time in four years with 72 points at the 2012 NCAA Championships Saturday afternoon in Louisville, Ky., at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.
Oklahoma finished in the top-10 for the third consecutive year, placing eighth with 262 points. The Sooners finished second among Big 12 competition in the meet behind in state rival Oklahoma State. Wisconsin (135), Colorado (158), Northern Arizona (191) and Florida State (238) rounded out the top-five, respectively. Ahead of the Sooners were BYU (245) and Tulsa (247), who finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
Girma Mecheso led Oklahoma State, finishing in fifth place with a personal best time of 29:14.8 in the 10,000-meter race. Tom Farrell finished in ninth place with a personal best 9:26.3. Shadrack Kipchirchir (29:43.0) and Joseph Manilafasha (29:48.8) rounded out the top-25 by finishing in 18th and 24th place, respectively.
Redshirt senior Bill Kogel was the top OU finisher with a 30:19.8 effort to be the 51st runner to cross the finish line.