Hamilton shines again as OC finishes regular season in Kansas

Somer Helms led OC's runners in the 200 meters at the Southwestern Relays.
Somer Helms led OC's runners in the 200 meters at the Southwestern Relays.

WINFIELD, Kan. (April 27, 2013) – Roz Hamilton won the discus and finished in the top three in the high jump and long jump to lead Oklahoma Christian on Saturday in the Southwestern (Kan.) Relays.

The meet served as the final tune-up for the Lady Eagles before they travel to Illinois next week for the National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Hamilton, a junior from Idabel, showed that she’s ready for nationals.

The reigning NCCAA women’s track student-athlete of the week uncorked a season-best throw of 131 feet, ¼ inch (39.93 meters) to win the discus. Teammate Makenzie Brown took fourth in the 18-women event with a throw of 123 feet, 9 inches (37.71 meters).

Hamilton also posted a season-best in the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 1 inch (1.55 meters) to take second among six competitors and was third among eight competitors in the long jump, leaping 16 feet, 8¾ inches (5.10 meters). She also finished 12th among 21 runners in the 200 meters with a time of 26.94 seconds.

OC’s other runners in the 200 included Somer Helms, who finished seventh in 26.56 seconds, and Andrea Dennis, who was ninth in 26.58 seconds. Maegan Cowan was 13th in 27.01 seconds.

In the women’s 4x400-meter relay, OC finished second behind Southern Nazarene with a time of 4:02.25.

Freshman Kara Drewke qualified for the NCCAA meet in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing seventh among 12 runners in 1:10.80.

As for OC’s middle-distance and distance runners, Tara Lewis led the way, joining teammate Erin Sesemann in attempting the 800 meter-1,500 meter double. Lewis was third among 21 in the 1,500 (4:56.96) and fourth among 28 in the 800 (2:26.52).

Sesemann, the team’s lone senior who was running in her last collegiate meet, was 14th in the 1,500 (5:25.12) and 15th in the 800 (2:37.27).

Sophomore Noemi Hernandez was fourth among seven runners in the 5,000 meters, posting a time of 20:17.57.