The Norman Transcript


June 7, 2014

Koscinski not inclined to deviate from winning formula

NORMAN — Norman North stood atop the cross country world a year ago. The girls’ team won the state title going away while Ben Barrett walked away an individual champion on the boys’ side. It was a fitting end to the career of longtime coach Mike Ramsey, who coached both teams as they continually improved before taking down the titles.

Ramsey stepped down at the end of the academic year, but not much else as changed around the program.

Jonathan Koscinski has been coaching at North for five years and was tabbed to take over the program heading into next season. His goal so far has been simple: Keep things familiar for the athletes.

“I’m just trying to have the kids not miss a beat,” Koscinski said. “I want to continue what coach Ramsey did and have that continuity. We had so much success with him, why change it if it’s not broken?”

It’s an approach that could pay off for the T-Wolves again next season.

While several of the girls from the state title group graduated, more return and Koscinski is excited about the talent he has in the program.

On the boys’ side he said North would be loaded, led by returning champion Barrett.

And one athlete who hasn’t missed a single step is Barrett.

The senior has been competing in off-season events around the country and has acquitted himself well, setting new personal bests along the way including a mile time on at a race on Thursday that would give Barrett the state record had it been run in Oklahoma.

“He has basically continued on the same exact training program we had him on all spring,” Koscinski said. “He hasn’t missed a beat.

“He’s got the New Balance nationals in North Carolina in two weeks, then he gets to take a little bit of a break.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Big 12 Media Days Football Most Big 12 squads won’t shy from tough non-conference

    DALLAS — Never have the words “Final Four” been used so often at a football media gathering. Monday at Big 12 Football Media Days, the College Football Playoff was the hot topic. On Dec. 7, the 12-member panel will announce the best four ...

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Commish forecasts end of college sports as we know them

    You really have to read everything Bob Bowlsby said Monday, because kicking off Big 12 Football Media Days, all the conference commissioner did was not only predict the end of college sports as we know them, but explain with fairly ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Tour leader Nibali says he’s ‘flag-bearer’ against doping

    CARCASSONNE, France — Barring a disaster for him on French roads from now until Sunday, the man who looks set to win the Tour de France says he understands that cycling is still paying for its longtime doping plague....

    July 22, 2014

  • McIlroy will emerge even stronger than ever

    HOYLAKE, England — The celebration began long before Rory McIlroy had a chance to drink out of the claret jug....

    July 22, 2014

  • Petrino ushers Louisville into ACC

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Bobby Petrino turned Louisville into a top-10 team nearly a decade ago. Now, more than two years after a scandal derailed his career, Petrino is back with the Cardinals as they enter the Atlantic Coast Conference....

    July 22, 2014

  • Bowlsby:Changes come with a price

    DALLAS — Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby spoke in a reserved tone Monday. But what he said to begin the Big 12 Football Media Days news conference painted a bleak future for college athletics....

    July 22, 2014

  • Stewart still riding high

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart heads into the busiest week of his year riding high from a win in his return to sprint car racing. Stewart raced in a sprint car last weekend for the first time since he broke his leg in an extracurricular ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Witness: Sterling must sell to pay debts

    LOS ANGELES — The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling’s properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Mikolas pitches Rangers past sloppy Yankees

    NEW YORK — Miles Mikolas earned his first win as a starter, pitching into the eighth inning Monday night and leading the Texas Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the sloppy New York Yankees. Trailing by a run with none on and two outs in the ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Angels with latest big move before deadline

    Oakland general manager Billy Beane acted boldly, trading top prospect Addison Russell in a deal that brought starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics....

    July 22, 2014