Fall sports 2007 season underway
Friday, September 7, 2007
By Tyler Hancock
While most Oklahoma Christian University students were already on summer break, two teams were still competing in their respective NAIA National Tournaments.
The golf team placed third overall with a team total of 1184 marking the eighth year they have placed in the top four. Oklahoma City University won the tournament with a team score of 1154. The men’s and women’s track and field teams placed 51st and 37th respectively.
Spending nearly the entire season ranked No. 1 in the nation, the golf team did not play as well as expected toward the end of the season.
“We peaked towards the end of March,” Coach David Lynn said, “The last three events were good and bad. We really did not put together four good rounds. This year our goal is to peak at the end of the year.”
Oklahoma Christian ended up with four players placed on the All-American roster for golf. Rhein Gibson and Bruno Buccolo were selected to the first team. Buccolo placed fifth with a score of 289.This was Gibson’s third consecutive All-American award as he finished 18th in the tournament with a score of 297.
The team broke several school records and had four players in the overall top 40. They won five tournaments overall including the Kauai Collegiate Cup at an NCAA medium level Division 1 tournament in Hawaii.
“We will have a stronger team than last year; there are more guys to choose from,” Lynn said. “We are really excited about the new talent, Jordan Cook, who is a transfer from ULM (University of Louisiana Monroe), where he played all 14 events for them last year.”
In track and field, women’s high jumper Charlotte Heron, who ranked third going into nationals, placed sixth with a jump of 5’7” just one inch below her personal best. The sixth place finish gave Heron NAIA All-American honors.
In men’s track and field, Eric Poole, Jordan Powell, Curtis Pratt and Josh Wayland earned NAIA All-American honors with their fifth place finish in the 3200 meter relay.
“The lead off was Curtis Pratt. He got boxed in on the last turn of the second lap of the lead off carry. He gets tripped up and falls down on all fours. By the time he gets up, there is only one runner behind him.
“We were ranked third going into the race. He did a great job getting back into the race. He handed off to Eric Poole and Poole to Jordan Powell, and they worked us back up. Josh Wayland was the anchor and did an excellent job and finished with a time of 7:39.93.”
The team of four that ran at nationals was not the team that the Eagles expected to have out on the track.
“Cole McAllister was supposed to run in the semis, and Powell was not supposed to because of his other events. McAllister got sick the night before the trip so Powell had to step up,” Heath said.
The other two points for Oklahoma Christian were scored by Jordan Powell who placed seventh in the 1500 meter race.
Men’s golf has five events in the fall and several tournaments in the spring. Track will pick back up in the spring, but will practice during the off season.