OC sprinters win 4x400 relay, qualify for nationals at Pitt State

Rebecca Bloodworth qualified for the NCCAA Championships in the 200 meters and helped the Lady Eagles win the 4x400-meter relay on Saturday at Pittsburg State.
Rebecca Bloodworth qualified for the NCCAA Championships in the 200 meters and helped the Lady Eagles win the 4x400-meter relay on Saturday at Pittsburg State.

PITTSBURG, Kan. (April 13, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian won the 4x400-meter relay and three of that team’s members also posted national-qualifying times in the 200 meters on Saturday at the David Suenram Gorilla Classic at Pittsburg State’s Prentice Gudgen Track.

The Lady Eagles’ foursome of Rebecca Bloodworth, Maegan Cowan, Somer Helms and Andrea Dennis, bested six other teams in the 4x400, winning by almost five seconds with a season-best time of 4:01.54.

Dennis already had qualified for the National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Championships in the 200 meters and she led the way for OC in that race Saturday, finishing 13th in the 39-woman field in 26.17 seconds.

Her three relay teammates also posted times that qualified them for the NCCAA meet in the event. Cowan was 15th in 26.49 seconds, Bloodworth 17th in 26.66 seconds and Helms 26th in 27.11 seconds.

Four Lady Eagles posted top-10 finishes in their respective events. In the javelin, Katie Ostlund took second among 23 throwers with a mark of 136 feet, 4 inches (41.56 meters), while Makenzie Brown took ninth among 20 throwers in the discus, posting a mark of 130 feet, 10 inches (39.88 meters). Both already have qualified for nationals in their respective specialties.

In running events, Tara Lewis continued her strong season in the middle-distance races, taking sixth among 18 runners in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:58.90. She’d already qualified for nationals in that event.

Kara Drewke took ninth out of 15 competitors in the 400-meter hurdles and her time of 1:10.95 qualified her for the NCCAA Championships in the event.