Brown, Kaumba Spearhead Big Final Day

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  Pat Brown and Mirriam Kaumba closed out their college track careers in style, capturing NAIA national records, event championships and to top it all off Outstanding Athletes of the 2005 NAIA Outdoor Championship Meet.

As far as the team scores, the OBU women pulled into second place with their 4x400 relay championship, while the men used their 4x400 relay crown to capture fourth place.

For the day, OBU had two top-five team finishes, two MVA awards, two national records, 23 All-America honors and four national event championships. For the meet, OBU added another two event titles and 12 more All-America honors for a total of 35 at the meet.

The Bison finished with 70 points, 29 behind national champion Dickinson State, 13 behind Virginia Intermont and 11 behind Lindenwood. The Lady Bison came in second with 64 points, trailing only Simon Fraser with 79.5.

“It was an exciting day,” said OBU coach Ford Mastin. “Pat and Mirriam set national records and won multiple events. Those national records probably swung the vote to them in the committee that decides the Outstanding Athlete awards.”

Brown, who won the 110 hurdles on Friday, bounced back for a fourth-place finish with Clint Goodson, E.J. Rusher and Derek Nettles in the 4x100 relay in 41.06 seconds  an All-American finish for the four athletes.

Brown then went on his championship run. He won the 400 hurdles in a national record 49.51 seconds, erasing record of Ed Brown of Saginaw Valley State, 50.04, set in 1984. Brown led a trio of Bison in the event, with Leonarde Smith taking third at 52.24 and Lamar Baskin taking sixth at 52.80.

Goodson, Brown, Smith and freshman T.J. Lightsey then pulled off the 4x400 relay. Goodson handed off to Brown, who pushed himself out to a strong lead before handing off to Smith, who anchored the relay in the first two rounds. Smith gave the Bison an even larger lead, before giving way to Lightsey. Lightsey, running for the first time since his leg injury in March, held off a hard-charging pack to claim the title.

“They were coming on strong,” said Mastin, “but E.J. was able to finish and hold them off.”

Bryce Bell joined the final foursome at the victory stand, having helped qualify the team for the finals in the first two rounds.

Kaumba, who won the 10,000 meters on Friday, left the 5,000 pack early and set the NAIA record at 16:44.1, eclipsing Adams State’s Amy Giblin’s 1992 record 16:44.48. Kaumba ended her OBU career with seven NAIA national titles, tying her with Dudley Dawkins for the most of any OBU athlete  male or female.

OBU’s 4x400 relay team of Keyonna Hornbuckle, Melissa Mount, Kyta Ferrer and Kyli Bean won the national championship in 3:44.50. Ferrer took the second handoff from Mount with a slight lead, but fell behind in the back straightaway. Ferrer then passed into first place down the home straightaway and Kyli Bean took over with a lead. Bean also fell slightly behind, but had enough fuel in the tank to charge back and win going away.

OBU’s marathon entrants all had a memorable experience Saturday morning.

Becka Brock, running in her first marathon, earned All-America status with her runner-up finish. Brock, a junior from Enid, achieved her first Al-America honor with a time of 2:59:13.

Sarah Hale, a sophomore from Grapevine, Texas, finished 12th with a time of 3:12:31.

On the men’s side, Daniel Ellis earned his second All-America honor. The junior from Sapulpa ran the race in 2:28:22 for fourth place. Ellis was All-American in the marathon last year in fifth place.

Ferrer also took second in the 800 with a time of 2:06.14. Hornbuckle was third in the 400 hurdles at 1:00.55, and Bean was fifth in the 400 meters at 56.06 seconds. All three earned All-America honors.

Michelle Carpenter was 14th and Deena Almohandis 19th in the high jump, both clearing 5-3.

Landon Willets was third in the 1500 meters at 3:51.51, as was Jeremiah Campo in the discus at 169-6, both winning All-America status.

Dominique Chan-Low was 10th in the triple jump at 46-9.5.

OBU Saturday Finals


MVP-Pat Brown

4x400 Relay: 1. Clint Goodson, Pat Brown, Leonarde Smith, T.J. Lightsey, 3:08.44

400 Hurdles: 1. Pat Brown, 49.51 (NAIA Record), 3. Leonarde Smith, 52.24; 6. Lamar Baskin, 52.80.

1500 Meters: 3. Landon Willets, 3:51.51

Discus: 3. Jeremiah Campo, 169-6

4x100: 4. Pat Brown, Clint Goodson, E.J. Rusher, Derek Nettles, 41.06

Marathon: 4. Daniel Ellis, 2:28:22.

Triple Jump: 10. Dominique Chan Low, 46-9.5


MVP-Mirriam Kaumba

4x400 Relay: 1. Keyonna Hornbuckle, Melissa Mount, Kyta Ferrer, Kyli Bean, 3:44.50

5000 Meters: 1. Mirriam Kaumba, 16:44.1 (NAIA Record)

Marathon: 2. Becka Brock, 2:59:13; 12. Sarah Hale, 3:12:31

800 Meters: 2. Kyta Ferrer, 2:06.14

400 Hurdles: 3. Keyonna Hornbuckle, 1:00.55

400 Meters: 5. Kyli Bean, 56.06

High Jump: 14. Michelle Carpenter, 5-3; 19. Deena Almohandis, 5-3

OBU’s Friday Finals


3200 Relay  2. Chandra Huckabay, Melissa Mount, Kyli Bean and Kyta Ferrer, 8:49.40.

Heptathlon  9. Sara Thurber, 4491

100 Hurdles  9. Sara Thurber, 14.89

Triple Jump  20. Mai Fukada, 36-7.75


110 Hurdles  1. Pat Brown, 14.05; 5. Lamar Baskin, 14.64

3200 Relay  2. Prophet Bailey, Bryce Bell, Michael Elizondo, Landon Willets, 7:28.73.

Decathlon  6. Mitch Henry, 6532

Shot Put  18. Jeremiah Campo, 47-6.5

OBU’s Thursday Finals


10,000- 1. Mirriam Kaumba, 35:03.61


Javelin  13. Mike Chavez, 185-09.