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March 7, 2013

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Out Of The Blocks:

Senior Chris O’Hare and freshman Bryce Robinson will compete in the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend (March 8-9) in Fayetteville, Ark. O’Hare will compete in the semifinal round of the mile that takes place at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, March 9, while Robinson will compete in the semis of the 60-meter dash at 6:10 p.m. on Friday. The mile final will take place on Saturday, March 10, at 6:10 p.m., while the 60-meter dash final is slated for a 7:10 p.m. start.

Quick Sprints:

• Senior Chris O’Hare looks to defend his NCAA title in the mile, as the senior won TU’s first NCAA title last year in Napa, Idaho.

• O’Hare broke the indoor collegiate mile record at the 106th Millrose Games with a time of 3:52.98.

• O’Hare also set a school record this season at the Tyson Invitational, where he finished second in the 800-meter invitational with a time of 1:48.28.

• O’Hare was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Midwest Region Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.

• O’Hare won the 800 and mile titles at the 2013 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, and was a part of the TU distance medley relay squad that won the event.

• Freshman Bryce Robinson now holds the school record in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash, and his time of 6.61 in the 60-meter dash ranks fourth in the nation.

• Robinson won the 60-meter crown at the C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 6.67, and was second in the 200-meter dash with a school-best time of 21.19

• The Tulsa men’s track and field squad is ranked 20th in this week’s USTFCCCA computer rankings, which ties the highest ranking in school history.

Last Time Out (February 23-24, 2013):

Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships

      Led by Chris O’Hare winning both the 800 and mile, the Tulsa men’s track and field squad earned a second-place showing at the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the CrossPlex.

      The Golden Hurricane finished with 126 points, trailing Houston, who scored 117 points during the second day of the championships to win with 143 total points.

      O’Hare became only the second athlete to win four consecutive C-USA indoor titles as he began the day winning the mile. O’Hare crossed the line in 4:15.89, while teammate Danny Thater was fifth in 4:18.00.

      Hours later in the 800-meter run, O’Hare won his third consecutive indoor 800-meter crown with a time of 1:52.84. Freshman Simon Greiner earned a fifth-place showing in 1:54.79.

      With his two wins today, O’Hare has seven career C-USA indoor individual titles, the most in league history.

      Freshman Bryce Robinson was named Freshman of the Meet, as he won the 60-meter dash and finished runner-up in the 200-meter dash. Robinson won the 60 in a time of 6.67, while fellow freshman John Teeters was fifth in 6.83.

      Robinson, who rewrote the Tulsa record book on Saturday with a time of 21.23 in the 200-meter dash, recorded a time of 21.19 to finish second in the finals of the 200. Senior Julian Frazier was fourth in 21.47, which Frazier’s time now ranks second in school history.

      Tulsa had four of the top-eight finishes in the 3,000-meter run, as senior Paul Pinheiro claimed second in a time of 8:16.70. Freshman Marc Scott was third in 8:16.85, and sophomore Tim Rackers was fourth in 8:17.70. Thater claimed seventh with a time of 8:24.89.

      Sophomore Chase Sammons snared fourth in the shot put with a heave of 53 feet, 9 inches, while freshman Alex Lybarger was ninth with a throw of 49 feet, 4.25 inches.

      The Tulsa 4x400-meter relay squad of Matt Davis, Frazier, Andrew Jameson and Robinson clocked the third-fastest time in program history to claim second-place. The TU crew earned a time of 3:14.17.

A Year Ago (March 12, 2012):

Chris O’Hare was not going to be denied for a second-straight year.

  After finishing runner-up a year ago, the junior All-American member of the Tulsa track and field team captured the national championship in the mile run at the 2012 Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday night at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center.

  He posted a facility-record mark of 4:01.66 in the finals to become the first track national champion in school history, beating second-place Rich Peters of Boston University by 0.12 seconds.

  O’Hare pushed the tempo early and was able to outlast his competitors in his wire-to-wire victory, most notably defending champion Miles Batty of BYU who finished third in 4:01.86.

  Sam McEntee of Villanova was fourth and Andrew Bayer of Indiana was fifth.

  The victory also gave Tulsa 10 points towards the overall team standings, which was the most in school history at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The team finished in 18th overall, which was better than Oral Roberts (22nd with nine points), Oklahoma (52nd with three points) and Oklahoma State (61st with one point). 

TU Checks In At No. 20 In Final USTFCCCA Rankings Before NCAA Indoor Championships

      The Tulsa men’s track and field team tied its highest ranking in school history checking in at No. 20 in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I National Team Computer Rankings, the association announced today in its final rankings before the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend.

      TU was ranked No. 20 in the computer rankings the week of Feb. 19, and last week was ranked No. 22.

      The Golden Hurricane has top-five times in two different events. Senior Chris O’Hare has the collegiate record in the mile with a time of 3:52.98 set at the 106th Millrose Games and looks to defend his NCAA title in the mile. O’Hare won the event in 2012, and was runner-up in 2011. Freshman Bryce Robinson is tied for the fourth fastest time in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.61. Robinson is the school record holder in the event. TU tabulated 39.57 points in the computer rankings.

      Tulsa is the highest ranked Conference USA team, as Houston and UTEP are ranked 52nd and 53rd, respectively. TU joins in-state rival Oklahoma State in the top-25, as the Cowboys are ranked ninth.

      The National Computer Team Rankings projects how a team will finish in a National Championship Meet setting, rather than a triangular or duel. The rankings are compiled from meet data in the 2012-13 season.

O’Hare Named USTFCCCA Midwest Indoor Track Athlete Of The Year

      Tulsa senior Chris O’Hare was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Midwest Region Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, the organization announced today.

      A senior from Edinburgh, Scotland, O’Hare smashed the collegiate record in the indoor mile during the Wanamaker Mile at the 106th Millrose Games with a time 3:52.98.  O’Hare won his fourth-straight Conference USA mile title, his third-straight 800-meter crown in the league, and was a member of the winning DMR at the conference meet this season. He also holds a top-14 national time with a school-record at 800 meters of 1:48.28, which happens to be the TU school record.

      O’Hare was also named USTFCCCA Midwest Region Athlete of the Year during the 2012 cross country season. In addition, O’Hare was added to the Bowerman Award watch list, compiled by the USTFCCCA, which is collegiate track and field’s highest honor.

Robinson Named Freshman of the Meet at C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championships

      Tulsa freshman Bryce Robinson was named “Freshman of the Year”, at the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Robinson won the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.67, and finished second in the 200-meter dash with a school best time of 21.19. Robinson was also a part of TU’s 4x400 meter relay squad that claimed second with a time of 3:14.17. 

O’Hare Appears In Numerous Publications After Record Breaking Performance

      Since Chris O’Hare broke the collegiate record in the mile, he has appeared in numerous national publications. Besides appearing in “Faces in the Crowd” in Sports Illustrated, O’Hare has been featured in Track and Field News, Running Times, Runners World and the Tulsa World.

O’Hare Named USTFCCCA National Athlete Of The Week And Conference USA Athlete Of The Week

  Tulsa senior Chris O’Hare was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Men’s National Athlete of the Week and Conference USA Indoor Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week, the organizations announced on February 19.

  O’Hare shattered the collegiate mile record at the 106th Millrose Games clocking a time of 3:52.98 in the prestigious Wanamaker Mile against some of the worlds top athletes.

  O’Hare’s time of 3:52.98 obliterated the time of 3:54.54 set last year at the Millrose Games by BYU’s Miles Batty. O’Hare’s mark also is the second fastest time by a British athlete, and shattered his old personal best of 3:56.48, which also happened to be the school record.

  This marked the second time in as many weeks O’Hare broke one of his school records, as last weekend he broke his record in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:48.28 at the Tyson Invitational. That time ranks ninth nationally, and O’Hare is the only runner in the country to have a top-10 national time in the 800 and mile. 

Tulsa Men’s Track Checks In At 20th In USTFCCCA Rankings

  For the first time in program history, the Tulsa men’s track and field team was ranked on February 19 edition of the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings, the association announced.

  Tulsa checked in at No. 20, and moved up 20 spots from last week’s computer rankings. The Hurricane’s jump was the second largest in this weeks rankings, trailing Northern Arizona, who moved up from 46th to 23rd.

  TU has top-10 times in three different events, as senior Chris O’Hare has the nations fastest time in the mile (3:52.98) and the ninth-fastest time in the 800-meters (1:48.28). Freshman Bryce Robinson holds the third-fastest time in the 60-meter dash (6.61). The Hurricane tabulated 42.32 points.

  The National Computer Team Rankings projects how a team will finish in a National Championship Meet setting, rather than a triangular or dual. The rankings are compiled from meet data in the 2012-13 season.

Robinson Named Conference USA Athlete Of The Week

  Freshman Bryce Robinson was named the Conference USA Indoor Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week, the league announced today.

  Robinson shattered his own school record in the 60-meter dash at the Frank Sevigne Invitational as the former Edmond Memorial track and field star matched the nation’s fastest time of 6.61. That time broke his old school record of 6.73 that he set two weeks prior at the Wildcat Invitational.

  Robinson also broke the school record in the 200-meter dash crossing the line in 21.32. He wrapped up the weekend running on the TU 4x400-meter relay squad that finished fourth in the invitational heat clocking in at 3:15.46.

  Robinson also received honorable mention for the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honor.

TU Finishes 18th In Final Fall Learfield Cup Standings:

After the completion of all the fall NCAA Championships, The University of Tulsa is ranked 18th in the Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. Tulsa has totaled 239 points and is the highest ranked team in Conference USA and in the state of Oklahoma. The next closest C-USA teams are SMU, ranked 56th, and UCF, ranked 58th. In the state of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State is ranked 24th and Oklahoma is 27th.

Golden Hurricane Leads Conference USA Title Race:

Since the new Conference USA was formed and began competition in the 2005-06 season, Tulsa athletic teams have won a league-best 48 Conference USA Championships, including regular season and post-season tournament titles. The next closest since 2005 is SMU with 23 C-USA titles. TU won its first crown in the 2012-13 season with a third straight men’s cross country title in October. Tulsa has added C-USA volleyball regular season and postseason titles, a men’s soccer postseason crown and football West Division title and overall crown. Tulsa won eight C-USA Championships in 2011-12 including: men’s cross country, men’s indoor track, women’s golf; men’s tennis, women’s tennis, volleyball and women’s softball (regular season & tournament titles).

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