Big 12 Claims Three Titles at NCAA Cross Country Championships
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 11/17/2012
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The Oklahoma State men's cross country team has captured its third NCAA title in the last four seasons at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky. Texas Tech's Kennedy Kithuka and Iowa State's Betsy Saina also claimed NCAA individual titles.

The Cowboys, who earned a score of 72, placed 63 points ahead of second-place finisher Wisconsin. Oklahoma (eighth) and Texas (ninth) also earned top-10 finishes.

Texas Tech's Kennedy Kithuka took home the men' individual crown with a time of 28:31. The junior finished the 2012 season unbeaten and is the first NCAA male cross country champion in school history.

Five other runners earned All-America honors, including Oklahoma State's Gima Mecheso, Tom Farrell, Shadrack Kipchirchir and Joseph Manilafasha, and Texas' Ryan Dohner. 

On the women's side, Iowa State's Betsy Saina claimed the individual title with a time of 19:27. She is the fourth NCAA individual women's champion for the Big 12 in the last seven years. The Cyclones took 11th place in the team competition, while Texas (25th) and Oklahoma State (26th) rounded out the finishers for the Big 12.

Two other individuals earned All-America honors, including Meaghan Nelson (Iowa State) and Marielle Hall (Texas).

With today's three titles, the Big 12 now has 48 NCAA team national championships and 519 individual NCAA champions.

2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships
Big 12 Men's Team Results (score)
1. Oklahoma State (72)
8. Oklahoma (262)
9. Texas (291)

All-America Honors (Top 40 Finishers)
5. Girma Mecheso, Oklahoma State, Sr., 29:14
9. Tom Farrell, Oklahoma State, Jr., 29:26
18. Shadrack Kipchirchir, Oklahoma State, Jr., 29:43
19. Ryan Dohner, Texas, Jr., 29:43
24. Joseph Manilafasha, Oklahoma State, Jr., 29:48

Big 12 Women's Team Results
11. Iowa State (350)
25. Texas (526)
26. Oklahoma State (565)

All-America Honors (Top 40 Finishers)
1. Betsy Saina, Iowa State, Sr., 19:27
16. Meaghan Nelson, Iowa State, Sr., 20:01
23. Marielle Hall, Texas, Jr., 20:04

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