HILLSBORO, Kan. (April 16, 2014) – Makenzie Brown won the discus and Katie Ostlund resumed her domination in the javelin, leading Oklahoma Christian on Wednesday in the Tabor Invitational.
Brown uncorked a season-best throw of 144 feet, 1 inch (43.92 meters) to finish atop the 23-woman competition in the discus. The junior from Savanna ranks fourth in the National Christian College Athletic Association and already has qualified for the NCCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
So has Ostlund, who struggled somewhat in her last meet in the javelin, an event in which she’s the defending NCCAA champion. But throwing just down the road from her hometown of Mount Hope, Kan., Ostlund was back to form with a throw of 129 feet (39.32 meters) to win in a field of 31 throwers.
Her sister, Miranda Ostlund, was 12th in the javelin with a throw of 115 feet, 9 inches (35.29 meters). Both have qualified for nationals in the event.
Miranda Ostlund also took fourth among 25 women in the hammer, posting a top mark of 137 feet, 1 inch (41.79 meters). She has qualified for the NCCAA meet in that event, too. Katie Ostlund was ninth in the hammer with a throw of 115 feet, 9 inches (35.29 meters), just short of the NCCAA qualifying standard.
OC’s sprinters also had a successful meet, with three posting NCCAA qualifying times. Wilmina Gley was 18th among 28 runners in the 100 meters in 13.20 seconds, while in the 200, Andrea Dennis (26.36 seconds) and Somer Helms (26.78 seconds) finished 11th and 15th, respectively, among the 32 runners.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Kara Drewke had a NCCAA qualifying time of 1:10.74, putting her ninth in the 17-woman race.