Ostlund, Stanford take first in OBU track meet

Aubree Hughes runs the 5,000-meters at March 26's OBU Invitational. Photo by Murray Evans.

Aubree Hughes runs the 5,000-meters at March 26's OBU Invitational. Photo by Murray Evans.

Lady Eagles McKenzie Stanford and Miranda Ostlund led Oklahoma Christian University by winning their respective events at the Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational on Saturday, March 26.

Stanford tied for first in the high jump with her top mark of 5 feet 3/4 inches and Ostlund finished first out of the 12 competitors in the javelin throw with her top throw of 119 feet 11 inches.

Stanford said she felt proud of her team and her personal success during the one-day meet.

“As a team I thought we did really well Saturday, setting quite a few personal records,” Stanford said. “Personally, I was content with how I did. I improved since my last meet, which is a big plus for me, remembering that I have only been in practice for two weeks since basketball.”

Head Coach Wade Miller said Ostlund and Stanford’s performances are an encouraging step forward for the Lady Eagles.

“Miranda Osltund and McKenzie Stanford’s first place finishes were really key and will give us some big points in future meets,” Miller said.

Maci Rich competed in the 1,500-meter and took second among the 42 competitors with her time of 4:48.21.

Kayla Parker posted personal bests on both the 100- and 200-meter. Parker finished in 12.75 seconds in the 100 and 26.26 seconds in the 200, placing her 11th in the 200.

Alexus Woolly and Maia Zeno also competed in the field events for the Lady Eagles.

Woolly threw personal-best marks in both the discus and the hammer. In the discus, she threw a top mark of 125 feet and in the hammer threw a top throw of 123 feet 8 inches. Zeno also recorded a personal-best throw in the hammer with a top mark of 123 feet 2 inches.

The company hired to score the meet did not officially record times for the 800- and 5,000-meter accurately, due to timing errors.

The Lady Eagles will split between two different meets next weekend. Some competitors will go to the Texas Relays in in Austin, Texas and the others will go to San Marcos, Texas for the Bobcat Invitational, hosted by Texas State University.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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