Hammer breaks record at indoor event

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Breaking the previous record by almost 20 seconds, senior Layne Hammer beat the Oklahoma Christian University women’s track team record for the 5,000 meters on Saturday at the Pittsburg State Invitational in Pittsburg, KS with a time of 17:13.72.

In the women’s 3000-meter race, senior Maci Rich placed fifth among the 23 runners with a time of 10:39.69. In the mile race, senior Sarah Cobb placed 12th in the 47-woman field with a time of 5:28.89.

The only thrower to compete for Oklahoma Christian was sophomore Maia Zeno, who threw career-bests in both of her events. She threw 40 feet, two inches, placing 13th out of the 39 throwers in shot put, and placed 17th in the 37-woman event of weight throw after throwing 47 feet, five-and-three-quarters inches.

In the men’s 4×400 relay, the Eagles’ team, consisting of junior Sawyer Pehkonen, freshman Jalen Brown, senior Ryan Lutterloh and junior Landon Huslig, ran a time of 3:14.26 to place fifth, just missing the school record for the event.

“We definitely know we can be better than last year,” Huslig said. “We went in really confident. We did really well at this event last year and knew we could do even better this year.”

Huslig posted a career-best time of 8.18 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles and placed fourth in the 49-man field.

“I was surprised when I got it,” Huslig said. “But, once I got in I said, ‘All right, here we go,’ and I just went. 8.18 is a great time. I never thought I would be able to get my time down that low.”

Senior distance runner Kyle Broaddrick placed second in the 44-man field of the 5,000 meter. He posted a career-best time of 14:39.14 and is the first Oklahoma Christian indoor track athlete to qualify for the NCAA DII Indoor Track and Field Championship.

The distance medley relay team, made up of juniors Emory Lobley, Austin Kruzich, Tanner Cate and Broaddrick placed fourth out of 21 teams with a time of 10:27.18.

Freshman Kelton Reynolds and Lobley posted career-marks in the mile run. Reynolds placed 10th with a time of 4:25.83 and Lobley 13th in 4:26.18 in the 41-man competition.

“Our confidence in ourselves and the hard work we put in every day is reflecting in the performances our guys are having,” Huslig said. “We know we are a good team and with how we are flying out there it only stands for us to get better.”

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office

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