Hamilton breaks 27-year-old school record in women’s heptathlon

Roz Hamilton prepares to make a jump in the high jump competition during the heptathlon at last year's NCCAA Outdoor Championships. Hamilton broke the school record in the heptathlon on Thursday.
Roz Hamilton prepares to make a jump in the high jump competition during the heptathlon at last year's NCCAA Outdoor Championships. Hamilton broke the school record in the heptathlon on Thursday.

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 10, 2014) – The longest-standing record in the Oklahoma Christian women’s track and field record book is no more.

Roz Hamilton finished the Cowley Tiger Heptathlon on Thursday with 4,561 points, breaking the school record of 4,555 set by Julie Haynes in 1987 – OC’s first season of women’s track and field. Haynes was a fifth-year senior when she set the record, as Hamilton is now.

Amazingly, Hamilton, who’s from Idabel, is less than three weeks removed from starring for OC’s basketball team. She earned National Christian College Athletic Association All-America second-team honors and led the Lady Eagles to a fifth-place national finish in hoops before focusing her energies on track.

Her previous career-best in the heptathlon was 4,242 points, which she far surpassed while finishing third in the 15-woman field in the competition at Cowley County (Kan.) Community College.

“She has had a fantastic start to the outdoor season,” OC track coach Randy Heath said.

Hamilton scored 2,801 points in four events on Wednesday – the shot put, high jump, 200 meters and 400 meters – setting the stage for a shot at the OC record on Thursday.

In the long jump, Hamilton leapt 5.22 meters (17 feet, 1½ inches), and she threw the javelin 26.43 meters (86 feet, 8½ inches). In the final event, the 800 meters, she won with a time of 2:26.96.

Hamilton now has two spots in the OC women’s track record book. She was part of a relay team (along with Maegan Cowan, Andrea Dennis and Somer Helms) who set the 4x200-meter outdoor record of 1:45.81 in 2012.

With Haynes’ heptathlon record having fallen, the oldest mark in the OC women’s outdoor record book now is that set in 1988 by the quartet of Linda Pryor, Elaine Estes, Kerianne Thomas (Roper) and Melanie Mills, who ran a 13:00.34 in the distance medley relay. One OC women’s indoor record also dates to 1988 – Gwen Beauford’s mark in the triple jump of 35 feet, 7¾ inches.