Eagles prep for track season at indoor invitational

Josh Jones runs his leg of the record-breaking 4x400-meter team on Feb. 13. Photo by Katie Jones.

Josh Jones runs his leg of the record-breaking 4x400-meter team on Feb. 13. Photo by Katie Jones.

The Oklahoma Christian University men’s track team kicked off its 2016-17 indoor season by sending competitors to run in the Pittsburgh State’s Crimson and Gold Invitational meet Dec. 10th.

In their first race of the season, the 4×400 team consisting of juniors Sawyer Pehkonen and Landon Huslig, freshman Jalen Brown and senior Joshua Jones took 3rd place in the 23-team field with a time of 3:16.87.

Pehkonen followed up the 4×400 with a win in the 300 meters, posting a time of 34.97 seconds. Jones also competed in the event and placed 5th in the 17-man field with a time of 35.98 seconds.

In the 200 meters, Brown ran a time of 22.19 seconds to place 8th out of 42 runners. Sophomore Grant Smith put up a career-best 23 seconds to finish in 24th.

Huslig, who qualified for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter hurdles last spring, tied his career-best time of 8.40 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles and placed 5th in the 20-man race.

Senior Ryan Lutterloh ran an indoor career-best 1:55.00 in the 800 meters as he took 6th place in the 30-runner field.

Three other runners for Oklahoma Christian posted career-bests in the 60-meter dash. Sophomore Eli Sherrill ran 7.02 seconds to place 13th, junior Austin Kruzich ran 7.13 seconds for 21st place and Smith placed 34th with a run of 7.25 seconds.

Sophomore Austin Davis recorded his career-best mark in the triple jump, jumping 41-feet-eight-inches, or 12.70 meters, to place 18th.

The Eagles and Lady Eagles will compete again Friday and Saturday at the Holiday Inn Invitational in Lincoln, NE.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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