Hamilton sets PR at Cowley County heptathlon, qualifies for nationals

OC junior Roz Hamilton has qualified for the NCCAA Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon.
OC junior Roz Hamilton has qualified for the NCCAA Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon.

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 12, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian’s Roz Hamilton set a personal-best mark and qualified for a national meet in the Cowley Tiger Heptathlon, which ended Friday at Cowley County (Kan.) Community College.

Hamilton, a junior from Idabel, posted a score of 4,242 points in the seven-event competition, finishing third overall. As of Friday, her score was the second-highest recorded this outdoor season by a competitor at a National Christian College Athletic Association school.

Only Lindsay Honea of Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.), who posted a 4,602 score earlier this spring, ranks higher than Hamilton in the NCCAA in the event.

Hamilton joined a list of seven competitors who have qualified for next month’s NCCAA Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon, which includes the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meters, long jump, javelin and 800 meters.

Her teammate, Cibola, Texas, sophomore Sarah DiBiasi, finished 14th in the Cowley County event with a score of 2,498 points, two points shy of the NCCAA qualifying standard of 2,500. DiBiasi, who was competing in her first career heptathlon, was unable to record a mark in the long jump, which kept her from reaching the qualifying standard.

OC’s school record in the heptathlon is 4,555 points, set by Julie Haynes in 1987. It is the university’s longest-standing women’s track record.