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Ostlund (javelin), Hamilton (800) score wins for OC at Heartland meet

OC's Roz Hamilton (left) runs away from the field while winning the 800 meters on Saturday in the Heartland/McMurry Invitational.
OC's Roz Hamilton (left) runs away from the field while winning the 800 meters on Saturday in the Heartland/McMurry Invitational.

ABILENE, Texas (April 20, 2013) – Katie Ostlund continued her season-long dominance in the javelin and Roz Hamilton won the 800 and placed in the top four in four other events to lead Oklahoma Christian to a second-place finish on Saturday in the Heartland/McMurry Invitational track and field meet.

The meet served as a de facto conference championship event, since the Heartland has only three schools – McMurry (Texas), OC and Dallas Baptist (Texas) – which offer track and the conference doesn’t sponsor a formal championship meet.

McMurry took the team title with 308 points, followed by OC with 178 and Dallas Baptist with 95.

Ostlund prepped for the upcoming National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Championships by leading a 1-2-3 finish by the Lady Eagles in the javelin. Ostlund won with a throw of 41.94 meters, followed by Hamilton (29.44 meters) and Roxann Gonzalez (27.94 meters). Hamilton qualified for the NCCAA meet in the event with her throw.

Hamilton, who won the high jump on Friday, added the 800-meter title on Saturday, prevailing in a field of 15 runners with a time of 2:29.90. Hamilton also was fourth out of seven competitors in the discus with a throw of 33.25 meters, took third in the shot put (11.80 meters) and ran the leadoff leg on OC’s 4x400-meter relay team, which finished second among three teams with a time of 4:06.71.

Maegan Cowan, Somer Helms and Andrea Dennis rounded out the 4x400-meter relay team and each also placed individually. Dennis (25.57 seconds) and Helms (26.38 seconds) were third and fourth, respectively, in the 200 meters – each posting a season-best time – while Cowan was second in a 10-woman field in the 400 meters with a season-best time of 1:00.69.

Wilmena Gley took fourth among nine runners in the 100 meters in 13.05 seconds and was fifth in the 200 in 26.92 seconds. Both were her best times of the season and she has qualified for the NCCAA meet in both events.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Rebecca Bloodworth, Cowan, Dennis and Helms took second with a time of 51.45 seconds.