As its first season as an official NCAA Division II university came to a close, four Oklahoma Christian University teams qualified for post-season play. Several of these sports wrapped up as students were deep into studying for their final exams, while some continued on into the summer.
The softball team ended the year with an above .500 winning percentage for the sixth straight season. It finished third in the Heartland Conference, fourth in the Conference tournament and claimed the Heartland academic title, with a team GPA of 3.45.
Niki Davidson joined the All-Tournament team after going 4-for-6 with a single RBI and two walks in the three games Oklahoma Christian played in the tournament. Sheridan Bond, Haley Squier and Madison Hagood made the All-Heartland Conference first-team while Davidson received a second-team selection.
The Lady Eagles ended their season with a 9-1 loss to St. Mary’s University during tournament play.
The baseball team completed the season with a 30-22 record, placing third in the Heartland Conference and coming in as the runner-up in the Heartland Conference tournament after St. Edwards University bested the Eagles 6-0 in the conference championship.
The Eagles finished the season with a win percentage of .577. Ben McKenzie was named to the All-South Central Region second-team.
“This past season was a great year for us as we were fully into Division II,” freshman Slater Springman said. “Making it to our conference championship, we exceeded a lot of expectations that other people had about our team. We lost a lot of seniors, but we are bringing in a lot of good talent this year and we have high expectations for this coming season,”
The women’s golf team finished eighth overall in the NCAA Division II West Super Regional.
Freshman Kate Goodwin recorded the program’s first ever hole-in-one, followed by senior Audrey Meisch shooting the best round of her career, 4-under-par 68. With that performance, Meisch jumped from 28 to the number 2 slot, giving her an automatic individual berth into the Division II Championship, where she would go on to finish 59.
The men’s golf team advanced from NCAA Division II West Super Regional to the Division II Championship. Sam Johnston shot 5-under 66 to win by three shots.
Head golf coach David Lynn was named the South Central Region men’s golf Coach of the Year, while Johnston was named an All-American for the third time in his collegiate career after he was selected to the NCAA Division II PING All-America third-team.
As a team, the Eagles finished 14 at the Championship tournament.
Landon Huslig and Austin Wallace of the men’s track and field team received outdoor All-Region honors for their achievements in the 400 hurdles and decathlon, respectively.
“Our 4×4 team broke the school record during indoor season and by the end of the year most of us were happy with how we did,” sophomore Austin Davis said. “As a team we did well. We are looking to improve a lot going forward with the recruits coming in.”
The Lady Eagle track and field team ended their season with Maci Rich breaking the school record in the 5,000-meter, with a time of 4:43.78.