Oklahoma Baptist runners Nikita Tracey
and Verone Chambers
turned in the
best NAIA times of the season in their events Saturday at Baylor's
Michael Johnson Classic.
Chambers ran the 400 meters in 53.45 seconds to top her previous
national No. 1 time in the event. Tracey ran the 400 hurdles in 58.58
seconds for the best time at the NAIA level this season in that event.
Several other athletes had qualifying and provisional marks with a few improvements along the way.
In the women's 200 meters, Chambers was at 24.08 seconds and Gayon Evans
at 24.10. Chambers has a better mark than that this season, while Evans turned in the fifth-best time of the season for the NAIA.Stacy Warrior
(56.37 in the 400), Yesenia Avila
(2:14.49 in the 800) and Nicole Cummings (37-11.5 in the triple jump) all hit automatic qualifying marks but not their best marks this season. The same was true of the mile relay team of Warrior, Tracey, Evans and Chambers at 3:42.80 and the 4x100 team of Warrior, Chambers, Cummings and Shondia Drew
at 47.04.Evan Shimanek
, who already has an automatic qualifying height in the pole vault, cleared the provisional standard Saturday at 11-5.75.
For the men, Jeff Lewis
cleared the bar at 16-0.75 in the pole vault for the third-best height of the season at the NAIA level.Roman Gray
, Justin Frye
, Ethan Mignard
and Seagram Kern
had the third-best time in the mile relay this season at 3:12.72.Adam Godwin
's 3:52.08 is the ninth-best time this season in the NAIA and a national qualifying time.
Kern met the B standard time in the 400 hurdles and improved to No. 17 in the NAIA at 54.32 seconds.Derik Douglas
(54.05 in the 400 hurdles), Jory Custar
(1:53.57 in the 800), Airick Johnson
(15.05 in the 110 hurdles), Henry Caster
(15.08 in the 110 hurdles) and Juan Gonzales
(15-7 in the pole vault) met provisional marks in their events but have better ones this season. Similarly, the 4x100 relay of Kern, Mignard, Gray and Frye met the provisional standard and have a better time this season.
OBU returns to action Thursday at the Drake Relays.