Gley qualifies for nationals in 2nd event at Missouri Southern meet

OC freshman Layne Hammer has qualified for the NCCAA Indoor Championships in the mile.
OC freshman Layne Hammer has qualified for the NCCAA Indoor Championships in the mile.

JOPLIN, Mo. (Feb. 1, 2014) – Senior Wilmina Gley qualified for the national meet in her second event in as many days and freshman Layne Hammer also earned a spot at nationals, leading Oklahoma Christian’s women’s track and field team on Saturday in the Missouri Southern Lion Invite.

Gley finished 16th among 40 runners in the 400 meters, posting a time of 1:02.99 to qualify her for the National Christian College Athletic Association Indoor Championships later this month. On Friday night, she qualified for the NCCAA meet in the 200 meters.

Hammer, who just missed posting a national-qualifying time in the mile two weeks ago at Texas Tech, came through on Saturday, finishing 10th in the 37-woman field in 5:33.12. She joined teammate Maci Rich in having qualified for the NCCAA mile.

Rich didn’t qualify for nationals in the 3,000 meters, but she ran a respectable 21st out of 42 runners on Saturday with a time of 11:31.47.

In the 4x400-meter relay, the OC quartet of Rebecca Bloodworth, Kara Drewke, Somer Helms and Andrea Dennis finished fourth among 14 teams, posting a time of 4:12.25, just .20 off the squad’s season best.

The Lady Eagles will return to action next Saturday, when Central Oklahoma will host an invitational meet in Norman at the University of Oklahoma’s indoor facility.