#4 in 2013 – Ostlund wins javelin, captures first OC women’s outdoor title in 20 years

Katie Ostlund prepares for a throw during the javelin competition at the NCCAA Championships in May in Joliet, Ill. Ostlund became the third OC woman to win an individual national track and field title.
Katie Ostlund prepares for a throw during the javelin competition at the NCCAA Championships in May in Joliet, Ill. Ostlund became the third OC woman to win an individual national track and field title.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of posts recapping the top stories in Oklahoma Christian athletics during the 2013 calendar year.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 28, 2013) – The list of Oklahoma Christian’s individual national champions in women’s track and field was short, but Katie Ostlund made it just a little bit longer at the National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Championships this year.

Ostlund’s NCCAA javelin championship – the first national title by a female OC outdoor track and field athlete in 20 years – was No. 4 on the list of top stories in OC athletics in 2013.

Peggy Murphy became OC’s first individual women’s track champion by winning the NAIA marathon in 1991 and 1993. Denise Mattoon won the NAIA indoor shot put in 2010 and the indoor weight throw in 2010 and 2011, giving OC a second individual champ.

Ostlund finished sixth and earned All-America honors in the NAIA javelin as a freshman in 2012. It appeared she would have a good chance to join Murphy and Mattoon on the list of OC champions, as Ostlund spent most of the season atop the NCCAA javelin rankings.

Ostlund, from Mount Hope, Kan., fulfilled that promise on an overcast May day at the NCCAA meet in Joliet, Ill. During the preliminary round – battling a stiff crosswind, occasional light rain and temperatures in the 50s – she uncorked a throw of 136 feet (41.45 meters) and no one came within 13 feet of matching that mark.

She proved to be the only OC woman to take All-America honors at the NCCAA meet and she helped the banged-up Lady Eagles post a 16th-place team finish.

With two seasons yet to go, it would seem Ostlund would have a shot at a couple more national titles and a chance to extend her school record of 146 feet, 7 inches, which she set as a freshman.