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Track teams open outdoor season at OBU

Story by Chad Mullen, Writer

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The Baker track and field team had two athletes hit NAIA national qualifying marks at the Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational Friday and Saturday.

Junior Cory Peoples made the A standard in the men’s shot put, earning first place with a throw of 16.00 meters. He also finished second in the hammer throw, trailed by junior CJ Hess, who placed third in the event. Sophomore Logan Lamb also hit the A standard in the men’s decathlon, earning 5,636 points in a fifth-place finish.

Other highlights on the men’s side included Simeon Windibiziri’s second-place finish in the javelin, where Hess earned another top-three finish as well. Freshman Greg Flores placed fifth in the 5,000-meter run. Senior Avery Parker and freshman Deverius Brown finished fourth and fifth respectively in the triple jump, and Garret Howland gave the Wildcat men one more top-five finish in the pole vault.

Junior Gloria Mares performed well, placing fourth in the 200 meter dash, and was part of the women’s 4×400 meter relay team along with Kiana Turner, Myan Elrington and Erica Esch that finished fifth. Their 4×100 meter team finished fourth of eight teams with a time of 49.99. Sophomore Maggie Shea’s pole vault of 2.86 meters gave her a third-place finish in the event.

The Wildcats will compete next at the BU-hosted Baker Relays on April 1 at Liston Stadium.