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Men’s track kicks off outdoor season

After traveling to Austin, TX, senior Landon Huslig qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships as the outdoor season kicked off with the Texas Relays March 29.

Huslig ran the 400-meter hurdles in 51.27 seconds to place 10th in the 83-man event. His time was .23 seconds faster than the automatic qualifying time and was the second-fastest time recorded in Division II this season.

Senior Emory Lobley ran his career best time in the 1,500 with a time of 3:56.88 to place 11th. Senior Kyle Broaddrick finished 24th in the 5,000 at 15:30.31.

Huslig joined teammates senior Sawyer Pehkonen, senior Austin Kruzich and freshman Javier Hernandez in the 4×400 on the second day, finishing 36th in the 38-team field at 3:23.08.

After finishing up in Austin, the Oklahoma Christian team competed in the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos, TX March 30.

Pehkonen finished 11th in the 400 out of 44 runners in 49.30 seconds. In the 100, junior Grant Smith took 25th in 11.13 seconds and Kruzich placed 27th at 11.14 in the 48-runner field.

Hernandez finished with a personal best time of 58.06 seconds in the 400 hurdles at 17th place.

During the second day of the Bobcat Invitational March 31, Huslig placed fourth with a career best time of 14.38 seconds in the 110 hurdles. His time was faster than the Division II qualifying standard and just .04 seconds off the Oklahoma Christian record.

Smith and Pehkonen both tied for 22nd out of 46 runners in the 200 with times of 22.09 seconds.

Lobley finished 18th out of 56 runners in the 800 at 1:57.07. Broaddrick placed 21st in 1:57.81.

While some runners were competing in Texas, another group traveled to Shawnee, OK to compete in the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational March 31.

Sophomore Kelton Reynolds took first in the 3,000 steeplechase with a career-best time of 10:01.4.

In the high jump, sophomore Justin Stewart tied for second with a jump of 1.92 meters, and in the triple jump, freshman Joseph Owens placed second at 13.66 meters and junior Austin Davis finished third with 13.07 meters.

In the 800, freshman Brady Aderholt took fifth in the 57-man event at 1:58.57, and junior Lawson Meredith finished ninth in 1:59.30.

The Eagles will travel to Wichita, KS April 8 to compete in the Friends Invitational.

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