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OSU Cross Country Earns Trip To NCAA National Championships

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The Oklahoma State men's cross country team finished tied for first place with Oklahoma and the women's team held off Minnesota by one point to finish in second place at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships held Friday.

By finishing in the top two, both teams have earned a bid to next week's NCAA National Championships.

The Cowboys tied Oklahoma with 45 points, and just held off Tulsa who earned 47 points to earn their 19th trip to the national championships in the last 20 years. Girma Mecheso led the Pokes once again by finishing in second place with a time of 30:26.39. Tom Farrell (30:29.06) and Shane Moskowitz (30:30.21) finished in fourth and seventh place, respectively.

The Cowgirls earned their third-consecutive trip to the NCAA National Championships by earning 95 points and holding off Minnesota. They also overcame the loss of Victoria Hanna, who was unable to finish the race with three meters to go. They were able to do this in large part to Monika Juodeskaite and Natalja Piliusina. Juodeskaite (20:51.34) finished in ninth place and Piliusina (21:00.03) placed 11th. Jackie Campos (21:25.57) and Kate Kujawa (21:30.37) also contributed to the team by finishing 23rd and 24th, respectively.

Both teams return to action next Saturday when they travel to Louisville, Ky. for the 2012 NCAA National Championships.

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