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Eagles and Lady Eagles compete in Southern Open

In a meet, which saw members of the Oklahoma Christian University track team take first, second, third and fourth place in the same event, the Eagles and Lady Eagles competed at the Missouri Southern State University Open at Mercy Indoor Track last Friday and Saturday.

Friday, in the 200-meter race, freshman Jaylen Brown placed first, junior Sawyer Pejkonen came in second, sophomore Elijah Sherrill finished in third and senior Joshua Jones grabbed fourth place, which featured 122 runners in the field. This was Brown’s first individual win as this was his collegiate second meet. He finished in 22.28 seconds, barely beating out Pehkonen who finished with a time of 22.612 seconds.

Sherrill clocked in at 22.618 seconds. Jones came in just behind Sherrill with a time of 22.64, his career-best in the 200-meters.

Brown and Sherrill also ran in the 60-meters in a field of 109 competitors. Brown ran a career-best 6.98 seconds and placed 10th while Sherrill came in 20th in 7.07 seconds.

Junior Landon Huslig finished sixth out of the 54 competitors 60-meter hurdles to qualify for the final heat on Saturday.

Saturday, Huslig took first in the 35-runner field in the 600-yard race with a time of 1:13.92. Senior Ryan Lutterloh placed second in 1:14.03. Huslig also finished in second in the 60-meter hurdles, with a career-best run of 8.38 seconds.

Pehkonen ran a 49.96 second 400-meter for first place out of the 77-runner field

Senior Kyle Broaddrick posted a second-place finish for the Eagles in the mile after running a 4:16.95, while junior Emory Lobley placed 12th in the event, running a 4:30.97.

In the field events, sophomore Santorio Brady threw a career-best 34 feet, four-and-a-half inches in the shot put, while sophomore Austin Davis jumped 42 feet in the triple jump to place 11th.

For the women’s team, senior Maci Rich, freshman Kelsey Simmons, sophomore Leisa VanVooren and senior Layne Hammer finished the 4,000-meter distance medley in 12:37.76, placing second out of the 16 competing teams.

Freshman Jordyn Williams posted a career-best time of 9.49 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles to place 23rd in the 66-woman field. Freshman Ivy Lobley finished 25th in 9.58 seconds for the Lady Eagles.

Another freshman, Lawanda Harvey, placed 15th out of 103 runners in the 60 meters, finishing with a time of 7.91 seconds in her first collegiate attempt. Harvey also placed 17th in the 121-woman field in the 200 meters, clocking in at 26.28 seconds.

Sophomore Alexus Woolly placed 11th in the 40-woman field for the weight throw with her longest throw of the day at 17 feet, three-and-three-fourths inches.

The 4×400-meter relay team of Harvey, VanVooren, Simmons and freshman Allegra Sloan placed sixth out of 29 teams in a time of 4:08.21. The Lady Eagles also ran a B-team, consisting of Williams, freshman Michaiah Chock, Rich and Ivy Lobley placed 19th in 4:25.02.

Chock placed 11th individually with a time of 1:34.44 in the 600-yard dash. Senior Sarah Cobb ran an 11:04.15 to place 12th among the 48 runners in the 3,000 meters.

Freshman Destiny Grace and sophomore Maia Zeno placed 18th and 19th, respectively, in the shot put. Grace’s top throw was 37 feet, four inches, while Zeno threw just a quarter-inch behind her at 37 feet, three-and-three-quarters inches.

Both Oklahoma Christian track teams will travel to Pittsburg, KS, to compete in the Pittsburg State Invitational on Jan. 28th.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information Office.

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