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Smeeton Ends Illustrious Cowboy Career with Third All-America Finish in Steeplechase

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EUGENE, Oregon – Oklahoma State outdoor track & field wrapped up competition on the men’s side at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Friday, with Ryan Smeeton earning a fourth-place finish in the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase.
 
Smeeton held serve for much of the race near the front of the pack, before making his final pass just meters before the finish line for his third career All-America finish in the event. In the process, Smeeton obliterated his own school record set in the semifinals with his time of 8:20.06. This puts the Canadian under the World Championship standard time of 8:22.00.
 
Smeeton’s time also makes him unofficially the 11th-fastest collegian of all-time, according to the USTFCCCA, in what ended up being one of the fastest NCAA Steeplechase finals ever.
 
With Smeeton’s fourth and Alex Maier’s runner-up finish in the men’s 10K, the Cowboys earned 13 points at the national meet, which put them in a tie for 18th-place overall. The 18th-place finish was the highest since 2019, when the Cowboys also tied for 18th at the NCAA meet.
 

This is the fifth time under Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Dave Smith that the Cowboys have placed inside the top 20 at the outdoor championships. It is also the sixth time the Cowboys have scored more than 10 points outdoors.
 
Earlier in the day, Ryan Schoppe also competed for the Cowboys, earning a 12th-place finish in the men’s 1,500 Meter final, giving him second-team All-America honors. The Big 12 runner-up finished with a time of 3:47.68 and was just two seconds off the winning time in the event.
 
The Cowgirls wrap up action on Saturday with all four athletes still in contention after Gabby Hentemann’s sixth-place finish in the 10K on Thursday. Bailey Golden and Olivija Vaitaityte have three of seven events left in the Heptathlon: The Long Jump, Javelin Throw and 800 Meters.
 
Gabija Galvydyte makes her first career appearance in an NCAA final in the 800 Meters after winning her semifinal with a personal best time of 2:02.46. Galvydyte is the only underclassman in the final as a freshman and is looking to bring home her first All-America honor after placing ninth at the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this year.
 
Wrapping up the meet for OSU is Taylor Roe in the 5,000 Meter final. Roe enters the final with the fourth fastest time this season in the 5K and is looking to become just the second Cowgirl to win two national championships in the same calendar year after Jackie Goodman did so in 1989. Roe currently holds the school record in the 5K, setting her mark of 15:21.47 earlier this season at the Bryan Clay Invitational in California.
 
The entirety of the NCAA Outdoor Championships is broadcast across ESPN’s family of networks with live results being updated throughout the weekend at the link below.
 
https://flashresults.ncaa.com/Outdoor/2022/index.htm?_ga=2.28803580.1122277350.1652365118-
 
For more information on the Cowboys and Cowgirls, continue to check back with okstate.com.
 



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