Multi-event athletes take second, sixth at Cowley

Sports Editorial

Two Oklahoma Christian University track athletes competed in the Cowley Tiger Heptathlon and Decathlon in Arkansas City, Kansas on Wednesday and Thursday. Sophomore Audrey Hayes finished sixth in the heptathlon and junior Austin Wallace took second overall in the decathlon.

In her second heptathlon of the year, Hayes set a personal-best in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.67 seconds. During the opening day of the meet, Hayes also competed in the high jump, shot put and 200-meter run.

“Running track in college was never something I saw myself doing since I didn’t even run track until my senior year of high school,” Hayes said. “I had already decided to come to OC for basketball when I talked to Coach Heath and Coach Bennett about joining the track team. They thought I had potential to do the heptathlon, and I thought it’d be fun to try something new and continue running track.”

Hayes’ best effort in the high jump was 4 feet 9.5 inches. She went on to run the 200 in 28.67 seconds and threw the shot put 27 feet 6 inches.

After the first day of the meet, Hayes sat in sixth place with a score of 2,002 points.

The second day of the meet also brought a personal-record for the sophomore as Hayes marked 98 feet 6 inches in the javelin throw. Hayes finished second in the 800-meter with a time of 2:51.91 and marked 14 feet 1.75 inches in the long jump.

Hayes finished the heptathlon with a sixth place finish in the meet, with 3,304 points.

Fellow track athlete Wallace represented Oklahoma Christian in the decathlon, placing second overall and first among collegiate competitors.

Wallace won the 100-meter with a time of 11.04 seconds and added a personal best in the long jump with a mark of 20 feet 7.25 inches. He also threw 39 feet 3 inches in the shot put, ran the 400-meter run with a time 51.36 seconds and finished the high jump with a mark of 5 feet 9.75 inches.

The junior claimed a one-point lead going into the second day of the meet, boasting a score of 3,459 points.

During the final day of the meet, Wallace took third in the discus with a throw of 114 feet 9 inches and placed second in the 100-meter with a career-best 15.43-second run. He cleared 7 feet 3.75 inches during the pole-vault competition, threw 156 feet 3 inches in the javelin to win the event and finished third in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:23.56.

Wallace finished the decathlon with a score of 5,989.

The Oklahoma Christian track team will compete in the Friends University Invitational Thursday and Friday in Wichita, Kansas.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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