Oklahoma Christian track and field started their 2023 indoor season on Jan. 13 in Lubbock, TX. The short indoor season spans three months and seven competitions, including the NCAA Division II Championships on March 10.
On Feb. 3 and 4 in Topeka, KS, Oklahoma Christian had a school record-breaking performance with a few Eagles even finishing in the top three of their events.
Chaney Martin broke his own Oklahoma Christian record from last season in the Heptathlon. Martin placed second overall in the event and ranks 12th in the nation in the men’s heptathlon, which puts him on track to qualify for nationals in March.
Dylan Burrows placed second in the mile, Elizabeth Heffernan won first in the 5000 meter and teammate Caroline Karr finished second. Heffernan also placed fourth in the mile.
Owen Pearce placed within the top three of his 5000 meter run and Verrrell McBride took fifth in the 200 meter sprint.
Head coach Wade Miller gave a quote on the team’s performance over the weekend.
“We had a good opportunity for most of our team to get on a banked track for the first time this season and get some experience for our conference and national meet, which will also be on banked tracks,” Miller said. “We had quite a few strong performances throughout the meet, and Chaney put together a strong weekend in the [Heptathlon].”
Both Martin and Burrows have been solid competitors for Oklahoma Chrisitan during this indoor season and are headed to qualifying for nationals in their respective events.
The conclusion of the Washburn Open leaves only one more meet until the Lone Star Conference Indoor Championships on Feb. 18 and 19. The Eagles will go back to Pittsburgh, KS, this coming weekend, Feb. 10, for their last chance to qualify for the conference championships.