ROME, GA - The Ohio Christian University Track and Field team sent 8 qualifying competitors to Rome, GA for the 2016 NCCAA National Meet. This is the last meet for the 2016 Track and Field campaign, as they competed in the NAIA and KIAC for the first time in the programs history.
On day one, Faith Layman would set a new school record and her own personal record in the 100 meter hurdles with a 12.93. Under the weather, Brian Chandler (JR/Westerville, OH) would go and compete, falling just short of the 400 meter, but Chandler would overcome the sickness to nearly setting a new school record and his own personal record in the 100 meter. Ian Monaghan (SO/Baltimore, OH) would tie his own school record of a 6'2 high jump.
On day two, Sidney Pell would place 6th in the shot put. Ciara Herring would finish closely behind, finishing 8th in the shot. Allison Devore would complete her senior season with her second best hammer throw ever and place fourth in the nation. This would put the women's track and field team in 18th place out of 36 competing teams.
"The weather was great, the competition was tough, and our team was firing on all engines," said Coach Eric Hamner, "Many of our athletes threw, ran, or jumped their best times, heights, and distances at the right times(conference through nationals). The team was plaques with a stomach bug the couple days leading into the meet. We had to drive a "quarantine vehicle" to Georgia and I'm sure it affected them a bit but we competed very well. I am very proud of the team and grateful to God for such great season with such great young men and women. It's also a little bittersweet to see some compete for the last time in an OCU jersey. Our seniors will be missed."
The Track and Field program finished their 2016 campaign with several successes throughout the year. Several student athletes broke school records and their own personal records. As the 2017 year is just around the corner, the Track and Field program looks to grow on the success and compete at a higher level in the new RSC (River States Conference) that will change from the KIAC July 1st.
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