By Murray Evans
ROME, Ga. (May 1, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian’s two basketball players-turned-track and field standouts started the Lady Eagles off in strong fashion on the opening day of the National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Championships on Thursday.
Junior Makenzie Brown – who finished sixth in the discus in her two previous national meets – improved by a spot with a fifth-place finish, while senior Roz Hamilton moved into second place after the first day of the heptathlon.
The four team points Brown earned put OC in 11th place in the team completion, with two days remaining.
“Makenzie has been really strong all outdoor season after coming out from basketball,” OC head coach Randy Heath said. “She did a great job. Those points will really help us. Roz had a good first day of the heptathlon and has a good chance to finish strong.”
Hamilton started the day in the heptathlon and finished the first three events – the 100-meter hurdles, high jump and shot put – with 2,774 points. She trails Lindsay Honea of Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) by 136 points heading into the final four events on Friday.
Brown unleashed a 40.41-meter discus throw to earn a spot in the finals but couldn’t move up on her final three throws. Hamilton also competed in the discus, finishing 19th in the 21-woman field with a throw of 33.31 meters.
OC also is guaranteed team points out of its 4x400-meter relay team. The foursome of Rebecca Bloodworth, Maegan Cowan, Somer Helms and Andrea Dennis finished sixth in qualifying with a season-best time of 3:57.62 and will run in the final on Saturday in the meet’s final event.
“They ran really good and I’m proud of them,” Heath said. “That’s a good start for us.”
Other Lady Eagles who competed Thursday included Kara Drewke, who was 17th among 23 runners in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:09.15, and Jerisha Fields, who finished the 100 meters in 13.36 seconds, 21st out of 23 women in the race.