Colorado XC standout Hammer signs to run at OC

Colorado prep standout Layne Hammer has signed to run women's cross country at OC.
Colorado prep standout Layne Hammer has signed to run women's cross country at OC.

GREELEY, Colo. (Feb. 20, 2013) – Layne Hammer, a standout middle- and long-distance runner from Greeley West High School in Colorado, has signed a letter of intent to run collegiately for Oklahoma Christian, OC women’s cross country coach Wade Miller said Wednesday.

Hammer has a personal-best time of 18:48.80 in the 5,000 meters. She has an added advantage of being used to competing at longer distances, as Colorado prep cross country races typically are run at 5,000 meters instead of the shorter two-mile races run in other states. College cross country races typically are 5,000 meters.

She figures to make an immediate impact with an OC team that had only six runners last season.

"I am thrilled that Layne has chosen to run for OC,” Miller said. “She has proven to be an excellent runner and will be a great fit for us. With her strength, I expect she will boost our depth in cross county and give us an added component on the track. I am excited to work with her in the future and can't wait to see the contributions that she will make to the team."

Hammer has personal-best times of 5:31.86 in the 1,600 meters and 2:32.28 in the 800 meters.

Last fall, she finished 114th in the Colorado Class 5A state meet with a time of 21:43.70. She also ran a 19:24.80 at the Nike Cross Regionals Southwest in Gilbert, Ariz., placing 138th.

Hammer is one of two runners who have signed with OC during the current NCAA signing period, joining Maci Rich of Marlow, Okla.