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Cowboys Named Scholar Cross Country Team Of Year
February 25, 2013

Oklahoma State was named the Division I 2012 Scholar Team of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Cowboys also won the NCAA national championship, the school's third title in the last four years. Oklahoma State also was named the Scholar Team of the Year in 2009.

Scholar Teams of the year are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest as a team at the most recent NCAA Championships. The Cowboys earned a 3.203 cumulative grade point average through the 2012 fall semester.

After sharing the Midwest Regional crown with in-state Rival Oklahoma, the Cowboys stormed back for one of the more dominant NCAA Championship performances in recent memory, taking their third NCAA title in four years with a trim 72 points - the fewest since Wisconsin's 37 in 2005 - in a 63-point victory over runner-up and defending champion Wisconsin.

Senior Girma Mecheso led the Cowboys with a fifth-place individual finish as one of Oklahoma State's national-best four All-Americans. Junior Tom Farrell (ninth), junior Shadrack Kipchirchir (18th) and junior Joseph Manilafasha (24th) also earned All-America honors from the USTFCCCA.

The USTFCCCA also announced those men's and women's teams that earned 2012 Division I All-Academic Cross Country status.

Oklahoma State joined Baylor and Kansas as Big 12 schools that had both their men's and women's teams make the list. Texas Tech's men's team along with the women's teams from Iowa State, Kansas State, TCU, Texas and West Virginia were also placed on the academic lists that honored over 300 men's and women's teams

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