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Ostlund wins, Hamilton makes strong debut at OBU meet

OC's Maegan Cowan (left) hands the baton to Somer Helms during the 4x400-meter relay on Saturday at the Bison Invitational. The Lady Eagles finished fourth in the race.
OC's Maegan Cowan (left) hands the baton to Somer Helms during the 4x400-meter relay on Saturday at the Bison Invitational. The Lady Eagles finished fourth in the race.

SHAWNEE, Okla. (March 30, 2013) – Katie Ostlund won the javelin and finished second in the hammer, while Roz Hamilton posted top-seven finishes in three events to highlight Oklahoma Christian’s outing on Saturday in Oklahoma Baptist’s Bison Invitational at the Eddie Hurt Jr. Memorial Track Complex.

Ostlund’s javelin throw of 139 feet, 3 inches (42.44 meters) was the longest by a National Christian College Athletic Association student-athlete this spring. She also posted a national qualifying mark in the hammer with a mark of 122 feet, 11 inches (37.46 meters).

Hamilton, making her track debut after helping OC’s women’s basketball team to a fourth-place national finish, was seventh in the 400 meters in 1:01.07 and was fifth among 15 competitors in the shot put with a mark of 39 feet, 5 inches (12.01 meters). In the discus, she was fourth among 17 competitors with a throw of 122 feet, 4 inches (37.29 meters). She qualified for the NCCAA meet in all three events.

Hamilton finished one spot ahead of fellow basketball player Makenzie Brown in the discus. Brown, who was an NAIA All-American in the event last year, had a throw of 122 feet, 3 inches (37.27 inches) to qualify for the NCCAA meet.

OC freshman Tara Lewis posted a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 800 meters (2:26.79) and 1,500 meters (5:00.82). She had already qualified for the NCCAA meet in both events. Senior Erin Sesemann was ninth among 26 runners in the 800, finishing in 2:32.72.

Andrea Dennis had the Lady Eagles’ top sprint performance, taking seventh among 21 runners in the 200 meters in 26.25 seconds, good enough to qualify her for the national meet. Maegan Cowan, who finished 12th (one spot behind teammate Rebecca Bloodworth) also posted a national-meet qualifying time of 26.83 seconds. Bloodworth already had qualified.

In the 4x400-meter relay, OC’s team of Bloodworth, Cowan, Somer Helms and Dennis took fourth among 12 teams with a time of 4:04.78. That qualified the quartet for the NCCAA meet.