Oklahoma State Claims Two All-Americans on Day One at NCAAs

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Oklahoma State’s competitors at the Indoor Championships completed their first day of competition with two All-Americans and a spot in the women’s mile finals in front of 3,233 fans at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

Cowboy sophomore Colby Lowe and Cowgirl junior Felicity Milton earned All-American honors with eighth-place finishes in the men’s and women’s 5,000 meters.

Cowgirl junior Mihaela Susa coasted her way into Saturday’s mile finals with a fourth-place finish in her preliminary heat.

Lowe clocked a time of 13:54.90 to finish three seconds clear of the ninth-place finisher and notch an All-America honor in his first Indoor Championships.

The Southlake, Texas, native was an All-American in cross country in the fall and becomes only the second Cowboy to earn indoor 5,000 meter All-American honors. Christopher Kebenei also earned the distinction in 1997.

Lowe’s time was the fifth-fastest in school history, giving him spots No. 1 and 5 on the all-time indoor 5,000 meter list.

Milton’s time of 16:01.90 finished more than five seconds ahead of ninth place and earned Oklahoma State’s first women’s indoor All-America honor since 2002.

Milton becomes the third Cowgirl to earn All-American honors in the 5,000 meters all-time, joining Champion Siri Alfheim in 2002 and Sara Wells in 2001.

Her mark was the third-fastest on OSU’s all-time indoor 5,000 meter list. The Oakham, England, native staked claim to the No. 2 spot on the list at the Husky Classic on Feb. 12.

“I’m really proud of both of them,” coach Dave Smith said. “They both made All-American. Felicity ran a brilliant race. She moved up in the pack, got herself in position and then held on to that spot. She did a great job. For Colby, this is his highest finish ever at the national championships. He’s the youngest guy in the top-eight, by far. He did a fantastic job.

In the women’s mile, the top four finishers and the next two fastest times from the two heats advanced to Saturday’s finals at 6:25 p.m. Susa ran conservatively, yet effective enough to finish with a time of 4:42.03.

“She ran exactly the way we wanted her to,” Smith said. “She did what we talked about and got herself into tomorrow’s finals. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

Susa qualified seventh overall, but was less than two-tenths of a second behind Washington’s Katie Follett, who qualified first.

Her mark is the third-fastest in school history in the indoor mile, supplanting a spot she already held. Susa now ranks first, third and fourth on the Cowgirl all-time indoor mile list.

Indoor Championships – Day One

Women’s Mile Prelims
7 Mihaela Susa 4:42.03 – Qualified for Saturday’s finals

Men’s 5,000 Meters
8 Colby Lowe 13:54.90 – All-America honors

Women’s 5,000 Meters
8 Felicity Milton 16:01.90 – All-America honors

Updated 03-13-2010

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