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School records broken in Arkansas Qualifier

While competing in the Arkansas Qualifier in Fayetteville, AR, senior Landon Huslig broke two Oklahoma Christian University men’s track records Feb. 16.

Huslig tied his own career best in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.09 seconds and took fourth as the only NCAA Division II runner in the 10-man field. He is currently ranked 18th in the Division II standings in the event.

In the 400-meter, Huslig ran a career best 47.41 seconds, breaking the previous Oklahoma Christian record of 48.09 seconds—held by Oklahoma Christian Athletic Hall of Famer Damon Sims since 1996—and beating the automatic qualifying time for the national meet by .01 seconds.

Huslig placed sixth in the 400 and now ranks fifth in the Division II standings. Freshman Ian Colbert finished in ninth at 48.11 and senior Sawyer Pehkonen took 10th at 48.23 in the 20-runner event.

Huslig, Pehkonen, Colbert and senior Austin Kruzich broke the school’s 4×400 relay record with a time of 3:12.20 to place first out of six teams. Previosuly, the record stood at 3:12.73, previously held by Huslig and Pehkonen’s team from last season, which placed them sixth in the Division II rankings.

“It always feels great to get a record,” Huslig said. “But the 4×4 was definitely sweeter than the open 400 for me.”

Following his record-breaking meet, Huslig was named Eagle of the Week for the second time this season.

For the Lady Eagles, both graduate students competing for the team improved their qualifying marks in the final indoor regular season meet.

Graduate senior McKenzie Stanford posted a career-best 1.71 meters in the high-jump, taking second place out of the four competitors. She currently ranks ninth in Division II for high-jump.

This is Stanford’s first time competing in the indoor season as she previously played basketball, which runs into indoor track season.

In the 3,000, graduate senior Layne Hammer took first in the seven-runner field at 9:52.35. She ranks 18th in Division II, a position which saw her make the final cut for nationals last season.

“Even though it’s nationals we’ll try to treat it like a normal meet,” Huslig said. “We will go hard for these next two weeks then taper just a little bit before we hit nationals.”

This was the final meet of the indoor season before national finalists are announced and the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships begin March 9-10 in Pittsburgh, KS.

The previous event’s results can be found here.

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