TULSA — ‘The competition field was really steep,” O’Hare said. “I went into the race very confident. I was sitting behind Lawi after the first lap, and thought he was playing in our hands, but my legs weren’t being cooperative today. I started to go backwards, I had a few words with myself, and managed to get back to the front of the pack and tried to find a pace again, Obviously, very disappointed, but I’ll et back to training and will see what I’ll do outdoors.”
For O’Hare, the 2012 NCAA champion in the mile, tonight’s race marked his final race indoors for TU. O’Hare concludes his indoor career for the Hurricane as TU’s first NCAA track and field Champion, a three-time first time All-American in the mile and the school’s record holder in the mile, 800 and 1,000-meter run.
“It’s been a good indoor career,” O’Hare said. ”It would have been great to go out with a bang tonight. Things always don’t’ got as planned, but I have to look at the positives.”
Tulsa tied for 40th in the team standings with five team points. Arkansas won the team title with 74 points, while Florida was second with 59 points.
“It was a disappointing race for Chris,” commented Head Coach Steve Gulley. “He’s had some many great races this year, and a bad race came at the wrong time. We are extremely proud of Bryce making the 60-meter dash as a freshman, and we are excited to see what the outdoor campaign will bring.”
The Golden Hurricane will switch its attention to the outdoor circuit, as TU hosts the Tulsa Duels on Saturday, March 16 at the Hurricane Track and Soccer Stadium.