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Texas Panhandle standout Lobley signs to run cross country for Eagles

Emory Lobley of Dalhart, Texas, has signed to compete in cross country for Oklahoma Christian.
Emory Lobley of Dalhart, Texas, has signed to compete in cross country for Oklahoma Christian.

DALHART, Texas (June 4, 2014) – Emory Lobley of Dalhart, who placed in two events in the Texas Class 3A state track and field meet as a senior, has signed a letter of intent to run cross country at Oklahoma Christian, OC coach Wade Miller said Wednesday.

Lobley qualified for the Texas Class 3A cross country meet last fall but was unable to compete due to injury. During the spring at the state track meet, he ran fifth in the 800 meters and seventh as part of Dalhart’s 4x400-meter relay.

He has personal-best times of 1:59.41 in the 800 and 16:19 over three miles.

“Emory has good foot speed and will be great for our relay pool,” Miller said. “He has shown a great work ethic and I know he is going to use that to be successful throughout his career at OC.”

Lobley joins Sisay Gillock of Portland, Ore., and Evan McQuirk of Van Alstyne, Texas, as newcomers to OC’s cross country squad. They are joining an OC team that’s on a sustained run of success. The Eagles won the NAIA title in 2011, then took the National Christian College Athletic Association title in 2012 as the university began its transition toward NCAA Division II status.

In 2013, OC was fourth in the NCCAA and would have won top honors in the Division II Heartland Conference had the Eagles’ results at the conference meet been counted.