MARION, Ind. (May 26, 2012) - Oklahoma Christian freshman Makenzie Brown finished sixth in the discus on Saturday at the NAIA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, earning All-America honors in the process.
As a team, OC scored nine points in the meet - three by Brown and six by fellow freshman Katie Ostlund, who took third in the javelin on Thursday. The Lady Eagles tied for 30th out of 57 teams scoring points at the national meet.
On her first throw in the event finals, Brown posted a career-best mark of 147 feet, 4 inches (44.91 meters). The event winner, Gabriella Dixson of Concordia (Ore.), threw 52.74 meters.
"Both Makenzie and Katie are freshmen and both had (personal records) this meet," said OC assistant coach Jeff Bennett, who works with field-event competitors. "We are looking forward to some good marks in the future from them."
Bennett said since school ended in late April, he was able to work one-on-one with both Brown and Ostlund.
"They really got a chance to hone in on their skills and get their things done," Bennett said.
Three OC runners competed in the marathon, but only one finished. Senior Erin Sesemann was 22nd of 45 runners, finishing in 3:30:21. Danielle Brenon of Houghton (Mich.) won in 2:48:34.
OC seniors Melyssa Cardenas and Cady Block did not finish. OC head coach Randy Heath said Cardenas reached the 23-mile mark before leaving the race due to lightheadedness and cramping. Block stopped at the 14-mile mark.
"Melyssa went out harder than Erin, but Erin caught her about the 16- or 17-mile mark," Heath said. "They all competed well and did their very best."