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Brown, OC sprinters move up NCCAA charts at Pittsburg State meet

Makenzie Brown posted a season-best mark in the discus on Saturday in a meet at Pittsburg State.
Makenzie Brown posted a season-best mark in the discus on Saturday in a meet at Pittsburg State.

PITTSBURG, Kan. (April 12, 2014) – Makenzie Brown improved again in the discus and three Oklahoma Christian sprinters improved on their national-qualifying times in the 200 meters on Saturday at the David Suneram Gorilla Classic, hosted by Pittsburg State.

Brown, just three weeks removed from playing for OC’s women’s basketball team, threw a season-best 134 feet, 1 inch (40.86 meters) in the discus, the fifth-best mark this season among competitors from National Christian College Athletic Association squads. The junior from Savanna finished 11th among the 21 competitors in the Pitt State meet.

The Lady Eagles also had considerable success in the 200, with Andrea Dennis, Somer Helms and Wilmina Gley all running season-best times. Dennis finished 12th in the 30-woman field in 26.04 seconds, while Helms was 17th in 26.70 seconds and Gley was 18th in 26.77 seconds.

The sprint trio also helped the Lady Eagles post a national-qualifying time in the 4x400-meter relay. Kara Drewke, Gley, Helms and Dennis teamed to post a season-best time of 4:08.09 and finish third in the five-team race.

Although OC freshman Miranda Ostlund didn’t post a season-best mark in the javelin, she did finish fourth among 19 competitors with a top throw of 123 feet, 3 inches (37.56 meters). She has already qualified for the NCCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the event, as has her sister, Katie Ostlund, who was 10th on Saturday with a throw of 106 feet (32.31). Katie Ostlund is the defending NCCAA champion in the javelin.