The Oklahoma Christian University track and field team began its outdoor season on March 24 and 25 in Shawnee, OK, at the Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational.
Oklahoma Christian’s showing earned nine podium finishes, with Elizabeth Hefferman recording the school’s only first-place finish in the women’s 5,000-meter run at 17:12.55.
Bryah Davis broke a school record in the women’s 100-meter dash with her 11.81 time, taking second in the event and qualifying for nationals in May.
Verrell McBride hit a qualifying mark with his 10.51 men’s 100 meters time.
Head coach Wade Miller shared his thoughts on the new season’s opening.
“We had a good start to the outdoor season. We had excellent weather for the most part, and we were able to compete well and put up some strong marks,” Miller said. “ Overall, [it was] an excellent start to the season, and we will look to carry that momentum into the coming weeks.”
Distance runner Caroline Karr spoke on the first meet and what it means for the rest of the season.
“The first meet can be used as a map,” Karr said. “It serves as a guide in leading us to where we want to be, and how we come away from the first meet is a determinator of how the rest of the season might go.”
Karr took eighth in the women’s 1,500-meter run with a 5:00.88.
The outdoor season follows the conclusion of the indoor season Eagle track and field has participated in since January.
“I used the indoor season as my training ground, learning what it is like to compete and realize my own strengths and weaknesses,” Karr said.
The indoor season ended with the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships on March 11 two weeks before the outdoor season began.
Oklahoma Christian will continue its outdoor season this upcoming weekend on March 30 in Austin, TX, for the Texas Relays and lead up to the NCAA Division II Nationals on May 25-27.