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Stanford sets school record to start outdoor season

As the outdoor season begins, the Oklahoma Christian University women’s track team competed in the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos, TX March 30.

Sophomore Lawanda Harvey placed 26th in the 100 dash with a time of 12.44 seconds. She then placed 25th in the 200 dash at 24.81.

Also on March 30, another set of competitors traveled to Shawnee, OK to participate in the Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational.

Junior Maia Zeno took second in the hammer throw out of 12 competitors with a toss of 44.40 meters. Zeno also finished fourth in discus at 38.03 meters and 11th in shot put with 11.17 meters.

Sophomore Destiny Grace placed second in the shot put with 12.88 meters and eighth in the hammer at 38.85 meters. Junior Alexus Woolly finished second in discus at 40.21 meters and sixth in the hammer throw with 40.52 meters.

Sophomore Kelsey Castillo finished 12th out of 56 runners in the 1,500 at 5:07.76. Freshman Ellie Little placed 22nd at 5:19.87
Senior McKenzie Stanford broke the Oklahoma Christian high jump record and finished first with a jump of 15.10 meters. Her jump also tied the highest record at the Oklahoma Baptist event and qualified her for the Division II Outdoor Championships.

Stanford also finished second in javelin at 33.75 meters, third in the 100 hurdles in 15.10 seconds, fifth in the shot put at 11.78 meters and 28th in the 200 in 27.25 seconds. Senior Audrey Hayes took third in the javelin with 32.63 meters.

Sophomore Jordyn Williams placed fourth in the 100 hurdles at 15.15 seconds and sophomore Ivy Lobley took ninth at 16.02 seconds.

Junior Leisa VanVooren finished the 400 dash in 58.47 seconds to take third and sophomore Allegra Sloan finished sixth in 1:00.68.

Junior Kayla Parker took ninth in the 100 dash in 12.71 seconds. Sophomore Kelsey Simmons finished fifth in the 800 at 2:21.77, sophomore Michaiah Chock took 10th at 2:25.62 and Castillo finished in 14th at 2:26.89.

Following the meet, Stanford was named as the HeroSports.com Division II HERO of the Week for women’s track and field, winning the fan vote.

After the Bobcat Invitational, freshman Rebecca Moore and Hayes traveled to Arkansas City, KS to compete in the Cowley County Heptathlon April 5.

The two-day event featured seven competitors. Moore finished in third with 3,452 points in her first collegiate heptathlon. Hayes placed fourth with 3,425 points.
Moore placed second in the long jump and Hayes won the javelin portion of the event.

The Lady Eagles will compete in the Friends Invitational April 8 in Wichita, KS and then will travel back to Wichita April 13-14 to compete in the K.T. Woodman Classic.

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