Harasyn, Schwab Take Early Big 12 Leads

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Eric Harasyn and Kevin Schwab took an early season Big 12 lead in the mile and 3,000-meter run, respectively, Friday at the Gladstein Invitational. With a group of seven OU men’s distance athletes making their 2011 debut, Harasyn took third in the invitational men’s mile with a time of 4:06.01, less than a second off the winning time of 4:05.54 from Indiana’s Daniel Stockberger.

Harasyn’s time puts the senior atop the early Big 12 leaderboard as the leading time on the season entering the weekend was the 4:10.65 run by Baylor’s Zac Flowers.

Harasyn, who owns the second-fastest mile time in OU history, was one of four Oklahoma athletes in the invitational mile as George Alex was next across the line with a time of 4:06.32, the eighth-fastest time in Oklahoma history. Kevin Williams was sixth with a personal-bes time of 4:08.61 and Bill Kogel rounded out the group in seventh with a time of 4:11.46.

Schwab finished seventh overall in the invitational 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:09.66, just over four seconds off his PR of 8:05.02 in the event. The time also places the sophomore atop the Big 12 as the top time entering the weekend was the 8:28.57 run by Texas’ Leonn Dean.

The men’s open 3,000-meter run saw two Oklahoma freshman compete for the first time this season. Ryan Poland finished sixth with a time of 8:26.74 while Danny Nicolls was ninth with a time of 8:32.21.

While the group travels back from Indiana on Saturday, OU hosts the 11th annual J.D. Martin Invitational inside the Mosier Indoor Facility. Admission to the meet is free.

Oklahoma Final Results:
Men’s 3,000-Meter Run: 6. Ryan Poland 8:26.74; 9. Danny Nicolls 8:32.21
Men’s Invitational 3,000-Meter Run: 7. Kevin Schwab 8:09.66
Men’s Invitational Mile: 3. Eric Harasyn 4:06.01; 4. George Alex 4:06.32; 6. Kevin Williams 4:08.61; 7. Bill Kogel 4:11.46

Updated 01-27-2011

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