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Fields (100), Cowan (800) qualify for nationals at Southwestern Relays

Jerisha Fields qualified for the national meet in the 100 meters on Saturday in the Southwestern Relays.
Jerisha Fields qualified for the national meet in the 100 meters on Saturday in the Southwestern Relays.

WINFIELD, Kan. (April 26, 2014) – Jerisha Fields and Maegan Cowan both took advantage of a final chance on Saturday at the Southwestern Relays.

Fields in the 100 meters and Cowan in the 800 meters each posted a qualifying time for the National Christian College Athletic Association Championships and will travel with the Lady Eagles next week to Rome, Ga., for the national meet.

Fields finished ninth in a 13-woman field in the 100 in 13.17 seconds, while Cowan won top honors among 14 women in the 800, finishing in 2:22.09. Teammate Maci Rich was third in 2:28.86 but just missed the NCCAA qualifying standard.

Four other Lady Eagles posted season-best times or marks. Roz Hamilton was third in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.05 seconds, Kara Drewke was fifth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:09.82 and Andrea Dennis was sixth in the 400 meters in 1:00.63. In the javelin, Miranda Ostlund won with a throw of 127 feet, 5 inches (38.83 meters) and Hamilton was sixth with a throw of 100 feet, 10 inches (30.73 meters).

OC’s 4x400-meter relay team of Rebecca Bloodworth, Cowan, Somer Helms and Dennis also had a season-best time of 4:01.59. The relay squad joined Drewke, Dennis and Hamilton in posting NCCAA qualifying times while Ostlund and Hamilton had national-qualifying marks.

OC junior Makenzie Brown posted her second straight meet win in the discus, with a top throw of 131 feet, 11¾ inches (40.22 meters), while Ostlund also was fifth in the hammer at 130 feet, 4 inches (39.72 meters). Both had already qualified for nationals in those respective events.