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Eagles and Lady Eagles post top 10 finishes

In her first heptathlon of the season, junior Audrey Hayes finished fourth out of six competitors at the Cowley Tiger Heptathlon competing for the Oklahoma Christian University women’s track team April 5 and 6.

Hayes ended the meet with a final score of 3,401 after seven events. Her highest placing event was the high jump, where she placed second with a distance of 1.49 meters.

Other members of the Oklahoma Christian track teams competed in the Friends Invitational in Wichita, KS, where they placed fourth in the 20-team competition April 7 and 8.

Freshman Lawanda Harvey, who was named Great American Conference women’s track athlete of the week before the event, won the 200-meter race in a time of 24.02 seconds. She also took third in the 100 meters, finishing at 11.90 seconds in the 27-runner field.

The 4×100-meter relay team of freshmen Ivy Lobley, Jordyn Williams, Harvey and sophomore Kayla Parker finished second in the 11-team event at 48.30 seconds.

Senior Layne Hammer placed first in the 1,500 meter in a time of 4:53.82. In the 5,000-meter run, senior Sarah Cobb finished fourth in 18:27.21 and senior Katie Jones placed ninth in 19:49.08. Both were personal bests in the outdoor track season.

For the men’s team, senior Landon Huslig finished second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.45.

“It was a great event,” Huslig said. “As a team we did well and as an individual I was happy with my performance. Heading into the last few half of the season, we hope to keep improving.”

In the 100 meters, freshman Jalen Brown finished sixth at 10.57 seconds, sophomore Elijah Sherrill ended seventh with 10.59, junior Austin Kruzich placed seventh with 10.62 and Sawyer Pehkonen at 10th with a time of 10.64 to give the Eagles four of the top-10 finishers.

Sophomore Grant Smith came in at 13th with a time of 10.72. Brown also placed third in the 200 meter at 21.46 seconds. Sherrill was .3 seconds off at 21.79 and finished in ninth. Junior Emory Lobley finished third in the 5,000-meter race in 15:34.18 and freshman Derek Espinoza finished with a time of 15:41.41 in sixth place.

The Eagles finished the event in sixth place out of the 23 competing teams.

Both teams will return to Wichita, KS, April 14 and 15 to compete in the K.T. Woodman Classic.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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