OC relay earns all-American

OC’s team of Curtis Pratt, Cole McAllister, Eric Poole and Josh Wayland placed sixth in the finals of the 4x800 relay at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships Friday.

The sixth-place finish earned the foursome NAIA All-America honors and earned a point for Oklahoma Christian in the overall team standings.

The relay team’s time of 7:44.06 was its best of the season, surpassing the 7:46.77 set in Thursday’s preliminary round.

Individually, Kenneth Bowling, Chris Plank, Jordan Powell and Lady Eagle Kate Hudgens were unable to earn spots in their respective finals.

Hudgens placed 13th in the 3,000-meter preliminaries. Her time of 10:28.68 was the best of all runners not to qualify for the finals.

Bowling (8:48.75) was 14th in the men’s 3,000-meter preliminaries, just two places out of qualifying for the finals.

Powell also missed qualifying by two places; his time of 4:21.08 in the mile was good for 12th place in the opening round.

Plank ran 8.52 to place 20th in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles.