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Indoor track season ends with six All-America honors

At the Division II National Championship meet, all six Oklahoma Christian University athletes earned Division II All-American honors for their final season performances March 9-10 in Pittsburg, KS.

Senior Landon Huslig returned to the indoor championship, marking his fourth national championship appearance during his time as an Eagle.

In the first day of competition, Huslig ran the 400-meter preliminary race. He ran a 47.59, which placed him eighth out of 18 runners. Huslig’s time qualified him for the final race with only .06 seconds to spare.

During the final 400 race March 10, Huslig placed fourth out of eight runners with a time of 47.54, the second fastest time in school history. This finish earned Huslig his third career, All-American honor.

Huslig was also a part of the Oklahoma Christian’s 4×400 relay team who made it to the national championship race and ran the same day Huslig ran his final for the 400.

On Saturday, the relay team consisting of Huslig, senior Sawyer Pehkonen, freshman Ian Colbert and graduate student Austin Kruzich finished with a time of 3:13.37 to place seventh. The four Eagles were awarded All-American honors.

For their performance Saturday, the quartet of Eagles were also named to NCAA Division II All-America first team list. This marked Huslig’s fourth All-America honor and Pehkonen’s second. Kruzich and Colbert both earned their first as Colbert ran in his first national meet of his career.

On the women’s side, two Lady Eagles competed at the national championship.

In her first national championship appearance, senior McKenzie Stanford placed 12th in the high jump, clearing a final height of 1.67 meters. She earned second team All-American honors for her performance.

With this All-American award, Stanford becomes the first Oklahoma Christian athlete two earn All-American status in two unrelated sports at the Division II level.

Graduate student Layne Hammer ran the 5,000 meters in her final race as an Oklahoma Christian Lady Eagle. Hammer also placed 12th in the event, earning second team All-American honors.

This marks Hammer’s first All-American honor.

The national championship meet closed the indoor season for Oklahoma Christian. Outdoor track and field season begins March 15 as the Eagles travel to Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK to compete in the Oklahoma Baptist Early Outdoor Invitational. The meet begins at 12 p.m.

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