Bison alum anchors super NCAA relay

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
McCook High School alum Molly Sughroue (second from right) join her Oklahoma State University 1500-meter relay teammates after recording one of the nation’s top 25 times during the NCAA National Relay Championships last weekend.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. —The Oklahoma State track and field teams produced two of the top-25 4x1500-meter relay times in NCAA history at this weekend’s inaugural National Relay Championships.

“They did a great job,” head coach Dave Smith said. “They all ran really poised, intelligent races.”

In the women’s 4x1500-meter relay, it was a tight race between the Cowgirls — Ariane Ballner, Sinclaire Johnson, Kaylee Dodd and McCook Bison alum Molly Sughroue — with those host Arkansas Razorbacks came down to a gutsy anchor leg from Sughroue.

Sughroue, a senior, unleashed her notorious kick to edge out the Razorbacks in 17:45.75.

“Giving the baton to Molly on the anchor is always a good feeling,” Smith said.

“She came from way back to win it for us. All of a sudden with 100 meters to go, she’s back in the race and coming home like a freight train.”

Sughroue is finishing an NCAA Division that has featured both indoor and outdoor all-Big 12 honors.

She was a three-time all-class gold medalist in the 800 meters during her Bison track career along with three consecutive Class B 400-meter staet titles.

Sughroue is the daughter of Lori Sughroue and Harry Sughroue.

To follow last weekend, the Oklahoma Stae men’s 4x1500-meter quartet of Garrett Calhoun, Kevin Mulcaire, Ashenafi Hatte and Luis Martinez would earn the No. 19 time in NCAA history, running 15:19.43 and taking third overall.

In the individual events, two female sprinters made school history with their 400-meter marks.

Nicolette Dixon ran the event in 54.31, while Amira Coleman was right behind in 54.50.

Their times slot them at third and fourth, respectively, in the event in OSU history.

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