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Track posts qualifiers for spring

Photo by: Nick Conley


Oklahoma Christian University wrapped up another weekend at the track with a couple first-place finishes.

The women’s team took the top spot in the 4×400 relay race at the Gorilla Classic, hosted by Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan.

The Lady Eagles squad, comprised of freshman Rebecca Bloodworth, sophomore Maegan Cowan and juniors Somer Helms and Andrea Dennis, won the race by almost five seconds over their closest competitor with a time of 4:01.54.

Three members of the relay team also qualified for the NCCAA spring championships, in addition to winning the 4×400 relay.

Cowan, Helms and Bloodworth all finished in the top 30 of the 200-meter race. Dennis, who had already qualified for the event, led the Lady Eagles with a 13th place finish in the 39 competitor field.

With the pressure of qualifying for their event behind them, two Lady Eagles performed well in their field events. Sophomore Katie Ostlund earned a second-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 136 feet, four inches.

Sophomore Makenzie Brown finished ninth in the discus throw, with a throw of 130 feet and 10 inches.

Freshman Tara Lewis continued her strong spring outdoor season, taking sixth out of 18 runners in the 1,500 meters.

Junior Roz Hamilton qualified for the NCCAA championships in the heptathlon the day before at Cowley County Community College, in Cowley, Kan. Hamilton posted her personal best with a score of 4,242 in the seven-event competition. Hamilton finished third in the event.

Sophomore Sarah DiBiasi finished 14th in the event with a score of 2,498, only two points shy of the NCCAA qualifying score of 2,500 points.

On the men’s side, sophomore Roberto Diaz posted another strong performance; Diaz took a second-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the Gorilla Classic meet.

Diaz’s efforts already qualified him for the NCCAA national meet in the 5,000 and 800 meters; his most recent race lets him add another qualifier to that list.

Freshman Ryan Lutterloh took fifth out of 44 runners in the 800 meters with a time of 1:56.00, qualifying him for the NCCAA nationals next month.

Junior Winston Ogletree finished eighth in the 400 meter hurdles, running a season-best 57.10 seconds. Ogletree’s effort qualifies him for the NCCAA nationals as well.

Freshman Myles Mukes qualified for nationals in the long jump with an effort of 21 feet and four inches.

Junior Larry Brown had another solid outing in the hammer throw, finishing 10th out of 38 competitors — team results that he predicts could be higher on more worn-in facilities.

“The throw facilities at Pitt state were really new and very slick, so most of the throwers didn’t perform as well as we usually do,” Brown said. “We were not used to how fast and slick the rings were.”

The Eagles men’s team had their best finish in the 4×400 meter relay of the season, finishing fifth in the event.

Freshman Austin Wallace took third place in the men’s decathlon. In his first decathlon Wallace posted a score of 6,016, breezing by the NCCAA qualifying mark of 4,500 to easily qualify him for the event.

The Eagles will head to McMurry University in Abilene, Texas for the Heartland/McMurry International meet today and tomorrow.

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