Lady Eagles achieve personal and season records on the track

Molly McQuirk leads the Lady Eagles in the 3,000-meter race on Jan. 23. Photo by Katie Jones

Molly McQuirk leads the Lady Eagles in the 3,000-meter race on Jan. 23. Photo by Katie Jones

The Lady Eagles recorded multiple season-best postings at the Missouri Southern Open Invitational on Jan. 22 and 23.

Track and Field Head Coach Wade Miller said he was pleased overall with the way the team performed this weekend.

“I feel we accomplished some good things over the weekend,” Miller said. “As a group, the majority of our team has now raced on time so we are looking forward to taking some confidence and momentum into the next few meets.”

On the first day of the meet, Katie Jones placed third in her first 5,000-meter race of the season with a time of 19:49.00. Kayla Parker and Heather Jones both ran in the 200-meter race, posting times of 29.00 seconds and 30.56 seconds, respectively.

Three Lady Eagles competed in the weight throw. Miranda Ostlund led Oklahoma Christian University with her top mark of 46 feet 9 inches. Alexus Woolly and Maia Zeno, the other two Lady Eagle throwers, recorded top marks of 41 feet 10 inches and 38 feet 10 inches, respectively.

The meet continued on Saturday, where Zeno and Woolly both threw the shot put and the Lady Eagles competed in distance races.

Zeno threw a career-best in the shot put with 38 feet and 10 1/2 inches, far enough for 8th place, while Woolly posted a top mark of 32 feet 7 inches, placing 17th.

Leisa VanVooren ran in the 600-yard race and placed fifth, the highest among Oklahoma Christian runners, with her time posting at 1:28.31.

In the mile race, Molly McQuirk led the way for Lady Eagles, finishing 25th with a time of 5:41.77. Sarah Cobb came in 26th, directly after McQuirk, with her time of 5:44.26, followed by Tara Lewis, who ran 5:50.75 for 31st place.

The Oklahoma Christian women will travel to the Pittsburg State Invitational, where individuals must qualify to compete in the one-day meet, on Jan. 29.

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