In the first meet of the outdoor season, junior Landon Huslig placed first in both the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdle events with times of 14.63 and 53.51 seconds respectively for the Oklahoma Christian University men’s track and field team.
Huslig’s 110-meter run at the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational March 25 in Shawnee, OK, was his personal best.
Alongside Huslig, sophomore Austin Davis and seniors Joshua Jones and Ryan Lutterloh made up the Eagle’s 4×400-meter relay team, where they ran a time of 3:21.14, finishing third out of the 12-team field.
“We always try to be better than our last race,” Huslig said. “We want to continue to improve on what we have already done.”
Sophomore Elijah Sherrill took second in the 100 meters after running a career-best 10.86. Freshman Jaylen Brown finished just .01 seconds after Sherrill at 10.87 to place third. Brown won the 200-meter race with a time of 21.84.
In the 800 meters, Oklahoma Christian had three runners finish in the top-10 of the 53-runner event with Lutterloh in fourth at 1:56.47, senior Kyle Broaddrick with 1:57.99 at seventh and junior Tanner Cate with a personal best of 1:58.56 in 10th. Junior Emory Lobley placed eighth in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:09.89.
In the field events, freshman Justin Stewart placed first in the high jump with a personal best of 1.98 meters and freshman Zach Johnson took third with a jump of 13.05 meters.
Men’s Track and Field Assistant Coach Brandon Jackson competed in the triple jump unattached alongside Davis. Jackson won the event at 14.37 meters and Davis took third with 13.05 meters. In the discus, junior Toye Alao finished second with a throw of 44.48 meters.
The Eagles competed in two separate events Thursday and Friday, the first of which was the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, TX.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Huslig ran the race in 52.49 seconds to finish 18th out of the 69 competitors.
“I always try to go in with confidence,” Huslig said. “The work I put in and the team puts in prepare us for the competition. So all that we can do is have confidence in ourselves.”
In the 100 meters, Brown finished 68th in 10.74 seconds and Sherrill ran a 10.90 to place 86th out of the 102-runner field.
Oklahoma Christian’s 4×400 relay team, consisting of Huslig, Lutterloh, junior Sawyer Pehkonen and Brown finished in 22nd in the 41-team event after running a season-best 3:14.47.
After finishing competition in Austin, the track headed to the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos, TX.
Huslig ran a career-best in the 110 meter, placing fourth with a time of 14.50 seconds in the 18-runner event. Brown also posted a new career best as he ran the 200 meters in 21.62 seconds to finish 10th in the 52-man field. Sherrill finished just behind him at 14th in 21.73 seconds. In the 1,500-meter run, Lobley placed 15th out of 37-runners in a time of 4:05.88.
For the Lady Eagles, senior Sarah Cobb placed third in the 1,500 meter with a time of 4:56.70 and ran a 2:29.44 in the 800 meters to take 13th. Both were personal bests for her at the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational.
Senior Layne Hammer also ran a personal best in the 800 meters as she took fifth place in the event with a time of 2:21.83.Freshman Lawanda Harvey placed second in the 100 meters with a time of 12.20 seconds and sophomore Kayla Parker placed eighth with a personal-best 12.74 seconds.
Harvey also placed second in the 200 meters with a time of 25.62 seconds. Junior McKenzie Stanford finished in third place in the high jump, posting a height of 1.63 meters in her first competition of the season.
Sophomores Alexus Woolly and Maia Zeno both placed in the top four of two different throwing events. Woolly finished third in the hammer throw after throwing 42.79 meters and fourth in discus with a toss of 37.48 meters.
Meanwhile, Zeno placed third in shot put with a throw of 11.72 meters and was just behind Woolly in the hammer at fourth at 42.07 meters.
At the Texas Relays, Hammer posted a career-best time of 18:16.50 in the 5,000 meter. She finished in 21st place out of the 23 runners competing. Harvey ran her best time in the 100 meters, finishing the race in 12.11 seconds in 67th place in the 90-runner field.
Freshman Ivy Lobley finished the 100 meters in 70th place with a time of 15.57 seconds and freshman Jordyn Williams finished in 71st at 15.64.
Harvey ran another career best at the Bobcat Invitational where she finished 15th out of the 78 competitors in the 200 meters with a time of 24.53 seconds. She also broke her previous best time in the 100 meters when she ran an 11.99 and placed 20th out of 60 runners. Stanford tied for ninth place in the high jump at 1.60 meters.
Both teams will compete in the Cowley Tiger Heptathlon and Decathlon in Arkansas City, KS, April 5 and 6, and in the Friends Invitational April 7 and 8 in Wichita, KS.
Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.