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Layne Hammer breaks records again

After breaking the 5,0000-meter record in a meet the previous week, senior Layne Hammer once again broke the Oklahoma Christian University women’s track record on Friday in the Pittsburg State Gorilla Classic in Pittsburg, KS.

Hammer beat her previous record of 17:13.72 by more than 10 seconds as she ran a 17:03.27, which gave her second place out of the 44-runner field.

“I’m happy about getting it,” Hammer said. “I’m glad there’s something slightly permanent from my time here.”

On the second day of the meet, Hammer broke another school record in the 3,000 meters. Her time of 9:40.38 was 27 seconds faster than the previous Oklahoma Christian women’s record and gave her a one-second victory over the second-place runner. Both of Hammer’s performances in the 5,000 meters and the 3,000 meters met the provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

“I felt good going in,” Hammer said. “I had some rough workouts but the last couple of weeks have been good, so I was fairly confident.”

Only one other runner, senior Sarah Cobb, competed for the Lady Eagles in the Gorilla Classic. Cobb ran a career-best 5:25.88 to place 18th out of the 36 runners competing in the mile.

“I think one of the main things we as seniors should be doing is setting a good example for the underclassmen,” Hammer said. “I think this performance, as well as any made by the seniors or upperclassmen, just shows what happens when you follow the system and put in the work.”

On Thursday, a group of Lady Eagles traveled to Frisco, TX, to compete in the Dunamis Sports Group Indoor Classic.

Freshman Ivy Lobley ran a career best in the 60-meter hurdles, where she placed 17th out of 44 hurdlers with a time of 9.35 seconds.

In the 200 meters, freshman Lawanda Harvey ran a 25.57 to place 17th among the 72 runners competing. Lobley also ran this race and placed 42nd with a personal best of 26.52 seconds. Sophomore Leisa VanVooren placed 11th out of 34 participants in the 800 meters as she finished in 2:22.17.

For the men’s track team, at the Gorilla Classic, the 4×400 relay team posted their best time of the season.

The four-man team of juniors Sawyer Pehkonen and Landon Huslig, senior Joshua Jones and freshman Jalen Brown finished fifth in the event with a time of 3:14.92.

Junior Emory Lobley ran a season best in the 800 meters at 1:58.76 as he grabbed 16th place out of the 53 competing runners and senior Kyle Broaddrick recorded a career-best time in the 3,000 as he placed ninth in the 19-man field with a time of 8:26.42.

At the Dunamis Sports Group Indoor Classic three runners ran season-best times in the 200 meters.

Brown, who competed in both meets, placed 10th in 21.98 seconds, sophomore Eli Sherrill grabbed 13th at 22.14 seconds and sophomore Grant Smith finished at 37th with a time of 22.95 seconds. These placements were all among 59 runners.

Sophomore Austin Davis placed 11th out of 15 competitors in the triple jump with a career-best of 13.23 meters.

Both teams will run Friday, Feb. 17 in the Nebraska Tune-Up in Lincoln, NE.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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