Hallam takes 8th in 800 meters at NCCAA meet; 4x400 relay 9th

OC's Cassandra Hallam finished eighth in the 800 meters at the NCCAA Indoor Championships.
OC's Cassandra Hallam finished eighth in the 800 meters at the NCCAA Indoor Championships.

MARION, Ind. (Feb. 16, 2013) – Cassandra Hallam took eighth in the 800 meters, giving Oklahoma Christian a second scorer in the National Christian College Athletic Association Indoor Track Championships, which ended Saturday.

Hallam, running just her second 800 of the indoor season, finished in 2:22.87 in the 21-woman race. She joined Sarah DiBiasi, who was seventh in the heptathlon on Friday, as OC’s two scorers in the meet. The Lady Eagles finished 22nd with three team points in their inaugural NCCAA national event at Troyer Fieldhouse.

Shorter (Ga.) won the team title with 149 points.

“Both of them had their season bests and that was good to see,” OC coach Randy Heath said of Hallam and DiBiasi. “You always want to do your best at the national meet.”

OC’s 4x400-meter relay team of Rebecca Bloodworth, Maegan Cowan, Somer Helms and Andrea Dennis finished one spot out of scoring position, taking ninth among 17 teams with a time of 4:08.58. The same foursome also finished ninth on Friday in the 4x200 relay.

“We had some near misses in the relays,” Heath said. “We had some difficulties in the relays with contact, but those things happen. Those girls did well.”

In individual sprint events on Saturday, Cowan led OC with a 12th-place finish among 34 runners in the 400 meters, posting a time of 1:01.15. Teammate Wilmena Gley was 31st in 1:04.19.

Three OC sprinters ran in the 200 meters, with Dennis (14th in 27.03 seconds) leading the way. Bloodworth was 18th among the 29 runners in 27.18 seconds, while Helms was 24th in 27.78 seconds.

DiBiasi also competed in the high jump and took 21st of 26 jumpers with a mark of 1.50 meters.