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High Noon Highlights(3/2): Mike Boynton’s shoe game is strong

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Mike Boynton makes statement with his sneakers:

When Mike Boynton goes on a recruiting visit, he’s always sure to bring a fresh look, including his choice of sneakers. A cool piece from the O’Colly looks at Oklahoma State Basketball’s sneaker culture.

“The truth is people always look at what you wear,” Boynton said. “People can identify your shoe game, especially younger guys. When I’m out on the road for recruiting, kids notice what shoes I wear. (So I wear) something that maybe the gym hasn’t seen or definitely something else that no other coach is wearing.”

Boynton’s shoe game obviously isn’t what swings decisions from recruits, such as Cade Cunningham, the nation’s top recruit, to come to OSU. But standing out in a way young people can identify with can’t hurt. {O’Colly}

Oklahoma State Linebackers heading into spring ball:

Oklahoma State Athletics released a short preview on what to expect from the linebacker core as spring practices are set to begin.

Perhaps the biggest variable entering 2020 is senior Calvin Bundage. Bundage sat out 2019 due to injury, but when healthy, has proven himself as a dynamic and explosive talent. A healthy Bundage in the lineup alongside Ogbongbemiga and Rodriguez could make the OSU linebacking corps even more formidable. {}

Track and Field break records on final day of Big 12 Championships:

Aaliyah Birmingham made history over the weekend. She broke two school records in Ames at the Big 12 indoor championships over the weekend.

“What I think sometimes goes unnoticed about Aaliyah is, I don’t know the last time I saw someone run the 60 meters and the 400 meters at the Big 12 meet,” sprints coach Giles McDonnell said. “She has that rare combination of being able to run 7.22 and then come back and run 53.15 in the 400 meters. I think that really shows the versatility she has as a sprinter. It shows that she can be an elite-level 400-meter runner.” {okstate}

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