Rich breaks 5,000-meter school record

Maci Rich sets a new school record in the 5,000-meters on March 10 at the Southwestern Invitational. Photo by Katie Jones.

Maci Rich sets a new school record in the 5,000-meters on March 10 at the Southwestern Invitational. Photo by Katie Jones.

Maci Rich set a new school record, Roberto Diaz and Evan McQuirk finished in the top five and Landon Huslig won the 400-meter hurdles to highlight the men and women’s track meet at the Southwestern University Invitational on Thursday.

Rich beat the previous school record in the 5,000-meter run with her time of 18:04.66, beating the previous record by more than five seconds. Sylvia Chirchir set this record in 2008 with her time of 18:10.96. Rich’s record-breaking time was fast enough to place her third in her race.

Diaz and McQuirk both ran in the 1500-meter race and took second and third, respectively. Diaz came in second with his time of 3:59.00 and McQuirk came in just after him at 4:00.00.

Other times for the women included Kayla Parker, who came in 12th with her time of 12.90 in the 100-meter dash. Parker also ran in the 200 and posted a time of 26.93 to place 14th. In the 400, Heather Jones came in 20th with her time of 1:04.50. Leisa VanVooren ran in the 800 and posted a time of 2:19.50 and placed 11th.

Sarah Cobb, Katie Jones and Tara Lewis all ran in the 1500-meter race and clocked in within twenty seconds of each other. Cobb came in 13th with her time of 5:06.35, Jones posted a time of 5:19.50 and Lewis came in 25th with her time of 5:21.28.

For the women’s field competitors, Alexus Woolly threw a top mark of 36.50 meters in the discus throw. Aimee Gay threw a 28.91 meters and Maia Zeno posted a top throw of 33.50 meters.

Zeno, Woolly and Hayes finished 16th, 17th and 19th consecutively in the shot put as well. Zeno threw 11.85 meters, Woolly threw 10.95 meters and Hayes threw a top mark of 9.22 meters.

Miranda Ostlund finished sixth in the javelin throw with a mark of 35.90 meters. She also grabbed eighth place in the hammer after throwing 41.39 meters.

Huslig won his race in the 400-meter hurdles with his time of 52.49 and is now the school’s first NCAA Division II outdoor national qualifier.

Diaz and McQuirk took second and third place, respectively, in the 1,500-meter’s 71-man field. Diaz recorded a time of 3:59.87 followed by McQuirk in 4:02.71.

Austin Kruzich and Eli Sherrill ran in the 100-meter dash. Kruzich posted a time of 11.10 to place 12th and Sherrill placed 21st with his time of 11.51.

Sawyer Pehkonen came in fourth in the 200 with his time of 22.19, less than a half-second behind the winner. Kruzich came in at seventh with his time of 22.58, Joshua Jones came in at 10th place with his time of 22.84 and Austin Davis rounded out the Eagles’ runners with his time of 23.90. Pehkonen placed fourth in the 400-meter as well with his time of 48.75.

In the 5000-meter, Kyle Broaddick, Bryant Kierns and Evan Durrill came in consecutively sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Broaddick posted a 15:30.61, Kierns posted a 15:32.00 and Durrill posted a 15:3.19.

The relay teams for the Eagles took fifth in the 4×100 and ninth in the 4×400 relays.

In his debut of the season, Adetoye Alao threw a top mark of 41.14 meters and Austin Wallace also threw and posted a top mark of 34.82 meters.

The next meet for both teams will be March 26 at the Oklahoma Baptist University Open.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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