North Carolina sprint standout Henson signs to run for Lady Eagles

EDMOND, Okla. (July 15, 2014) – Paradise Henson, a sprint standout from North Carolina who has Oklahoma connections, has signed a letter of intent to compete in track and field for Oklahoma Christian, OC track coach Randy Heath said Tuesday.

Henson, from Wilson, N.C., has spent this summer in Edmond with family members and has competed in summer meets with friends from an area high school.

In her home state, Henson finished ninth in the 300 meters for Fike High School at the North Carolina Class 3A Indoor State Championships as a senior with a time of 44.03 seconds. Her top times in sprint events are 7.84 seconds in the 55 meters, 12.37 seconds in the 100 meters and 26.14 in the 200 meters. She’s also run a 59-second split in the 400-meter relay.

Earlier this month in the U.S. Track and Field Region 9 Championships in Hendrix, Ark., Henson finished fifth in the 100 meters in the 17-18 age division with a time of 12.87 seconds and fifth in the 200 meters in 26.14 seconds.

“Paradise will be our top sprinter next year and should be very competitive in the short sprints in every meet on our schedule,” Heath said. “Also, Paradise will be an outstanding relay sprinter for the Lady Eagles.”