Most students finished their last assignments and headed home for the summer, but many Oklahoma Christian University athletes stayed on campus and prepared for the rest of the work left to do in their sports.
Junior pitcher Madison Hagood was honored as the Heartland Conference pitcher of the year. This announcement coincided with the release of the All-Conference team honors list, where Hagood was listed on the first-team for the second time in her career.
Hagood posted a 15-10 record, a 1.58 ERA, 115 strikeouts and five saves in approximately 164 innings pitched. She was second in ERA, strikeouts, saves and innings pitched in the Heartland Conference.
Junior Sheridan Bond, Junior Madison Nordyke, Senior Haley Squier and sophomore Kaylie Upton were all named to the All-Conference second-team.
Competition for Oklahoma Christian’s track and field program continued as Landon Huslig broke the school record, which he set himself, in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Huslig broke his previous record of 51.30 seconds with his new record time of 50.99 seconds.
At the Track and Field Championships May 26th and 27th, Oklahoma Christian tied for 38th place out of 106 competing teams.
The men’s track team was also named as an All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.151.
For her contributions on both the basketball and track and field teams, McKenzie Stanford was nominated as one of the two Heartland Conference representatives for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Stanford is the first woman to be nominated for the award from Oklahoma Christian. In September, the Woman of the Year selection committee will choose their Top 30 nominees, later narrowing the list down to nine finalists before naming the winner on October 22nd in Indianapolis, IN.
As a final farewell to John Moon, the recent basketball graduate was named the Heartland Conference male Scholar-Athlete of the Year after finishing his time at Oklahoma Christian with a 3.937 GPA.
Moon, who graduated in April, is the first student from Oklahoma Christian to receive this honor since the university joined the conference in the 2012-13 academic year.
For the men’s golf team, junior Ethan Smith played at the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship. Smith advanced to the second round before being eliminated by a five and four score.
In her final event for the 2017 golf season, junior Kate Goodwin placed fourth in the Oklahoma Rose Creek Collegiate Player Tour when she a shot 76, 79 and 77 throughout the three-day event. Her total score for the event was 232. Junior Elizabeth Freeman finished 11th in the event with a final tally at 244.
Freeman also competed in the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship where she ended her run in the quarterfinals.
As a culmination for the year in sports, Oklahoma Christian led the Heartland Conference in student-athletes named as recipients of the Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award with 66 student-athletes.
The 2017-18 sports season begins Thursday, August 31st when the women’s soccer team competes against East Central University at 6 pm.