Lady Bison Win National Indoor Track Title
March 10, 2007
After looking deflated after a negated national championship in the 200 meters, Oklahoma Baptist got some unexpected help to win the 2007 NAIA Women’s Indoor Track and Field National Championship Saturday.
OBU’s men finished second – marking the first time one school was first and second in the same national meet.
Known primarily for its relays and middle distance, the Lady Bison scored in one of the few field events in which they had representation – and that from Michelle Carpenter who was considered the team’s second-best high jumper heading into the meet.
OBU’s Sherene Pinnock was disqualified for stepping on the line more than twice in the women’s 200 meter finals, which would have clinched the championship for the team.
Instead, heading into the 4x400 relay, typically the final event of the meet, OBU had a one-point edge on Wayland Baptist.
“I didn’t see Sherene step on the line a third time, but that’s why they have judges,” said OBU coach Ford Mastin, who won NAIA Women’s Coach of the Year honors.
Sensing a national championship was in their grasp, Wayland Baptist upset the Lady Bison 4x400 relay team, only to have OBU claim the title by 1.33 points when Carpenter had the jump of her life.
“She had a big jump her freshman year (when OBU won the national title in 2005), but this was bigger,” said Mastin. “I’m amazed she scored. We wouldn’t have won if it hadn’t been for her.”
Carpenter, cleared 5-5, as did Marissa Moseley of OBU, and did so with few enough faults to forge a three-way tie for fourth place- picking up 2.33 points and giving the Lady Bison a 1.33 margin of victory over Sooner Athletic Conference rival Wayland Baptist. Carpenter also earned All-America status with the jump.
Moseley finished seventh in the event but was distracted, knowing she had to represent OBU in the 4x400 relay.
Kyli Bean, Moseley, Amanda Mayfield and Pinnock were All-America in the 4x400 in second place with a time of 3:44.166.
OBU claimed three other event championships on the day. Mike Rodgers won the men’s 200 meters in 20.916 seconds, with Olabusomi Bashorun of OBU finishing seventh in 21.96. Rodgers also won the 60 meters with a meet a national record 6.696 seconds.
Rodgers won both of those events last year while at Lindenwood University.
Mayfield also set a meet record, but it was somewhat bittersweet for OBU. The sophomore beat senior Kyli Bean and erased Bean’s national record in the 600 meters. Mayfield’s new record is 1:32.32, while Bean finished her senior meet in second at 1:32.54.
Lamar Baskin was second in the men’s 60 meter hurdles in 8.29 seconds and T.J. Lightsey was second in the 600 meters at 1:19.26.
“A lot of people are very happy with second place, but Kyli, Lamar and T.J. have been champions in those events, so they aren’t really satisfied with second,” said Mastin. “But second is very good.”
Also finishing second was Pinnock in the women’s 400 meters in 54.95 seconds, while Moseley was fourth at 56.52.
The men’s 4x400 relay was third in 3:10.986 – an unusually strong time for third place turned in by Rodgers, Bashorun, James Hall and Lightsey.
“We broke the record and finished third,” Mastin said. “And we shattered the school record.”
Also for the men, Michael Elizondo, Derek Nettles, Bryce Bell and Justin Stroup were All-America with a third place finish in the distance medley relay in 10:10.26.
Durrell Williams, running the 1000 meters for just the third time in his college career, turned in All-America results, finishing fourth in 2:26.35 and missing third place by 1/100th of a second.
For the Lady Bison, Kisha Gaspard was fifth in the 800 meters, earning All-America status with a time of 2:19.
Lauren Watson was 11th in the 3000 meters at 10:32.26.
On Friday, OBU claimed two national championships in the 4x800 relays.
Gaspard, Mayfield, Bean and Pinnock won the women’s 4x800 relay in 9:06.52. It was Bean’s third national indoor championship and the first for each of the rest of the relay team. It also was a school record.
The women’s team then joined in the celebration as A.J. Carter, Williams, Prophet Bailey and Lightsey won the men’s 4x800 relay in 7:35.55. The national title is the first for Carter, Williams and Bailey and the second for Lightsey.
The Lady Bison finished with 52.33 points, followed by Wayland Baptist at 51 and Simon Fraser at 48.
The Bison finished with 62 points, second only to Azusa Pacific with 83.
Forty-two teams scored points in each of the meets.
Overall Women: NATIONAL CHAMPION - Oklahoma Baptist 52.33
600 Meters – National Champion – Amanda Mayfield, 1:32.32 (NAIA Record); 2. Kyli Bean, 1:32.54
4x800 Relay – National Champion – Kisha Gaspard, Amanda Mayfield, Kyli Bean, Sherene Pinnock, 9:06.52
400 Meters – 2. Sherene Pinnock, 54.95; 4. Marissa Moseley, 56.52
4x400 Relay 2. Kyli Bean, Marissa Moseley, Amanda Mayfield, Sherene Pinnock, 3:44.116
High Jump – 4. Michelle Carpenter, 5-5; 7. Marissa Moseley, 5-5
800 Meters – 5. Kisha Gaspard, 2:19
3000 Meters – 11. Lauren Watson, 10:32.26
Women’s Pentathlon – 11. Breanna Shippey, 2911 points.
Women’s Weight Throw – 17. Olivia Boisse, 47-6.5
Overall Men: 2. Oklahoma Baptist, 62
60 Meters – National Champion Mike Rodgers, 6.696 (NAIA Record)
200 Meters – National Champion Mike Rodgers, 20.916; 7. Olasubomi Bashorun, 21.96
4x800 Relay – National Champion A.J. Carter, Durrell Williams, Prophet Bailey, T.J. Lightsey, 7:35.55
60 Meter Hurdles – 2. Lamar Baskin, 8.29
600 Meters – 2. T.J. Lightsey, 1:19.26
Distance Medley Relay – 3. Michael Elizondo, Derek Nettles, Bryce Bell, Justin Stroup, 10:10.26
1000 Meters – 4. Durrell Williams, 2:26.35
Men’s High Jump – 11. Jonathan Hilton, 6-4.75