The McMurry University Track and Field teams had an outstanding weekend and today were rewarded for their efforts, earning three of the possible four Player of the Week awards given out by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). The POTW honors for running events went to the War Hawks’ Tiana Alexander for the women and Victor Cruz for the men, while men’s triple jumper Chris Ogle was recognized for field events.
Competing at Abilene Christian University’s Kittley Invitational, and – both juniors – highlighted the event for the War Hawks with record-setting performances.
Alexander (Killeen, Texas), who also owns the McM indoor record for the 60-meter hurdles, became the first female athlete for McM to break the 14-second barrier in the 100-meter hurdles with a clocking of 13.88, placing her fifth in the strong field. That gave her the top time for the 100 hurdles in the NCCAA this season.
The previous record time of 14.18 seconds was set by Yvonne Silva at the 2001 ASC championships.
Alexander also placed ninth in the women's long jump, hitting a season-best 18' 7 ¼", to give her the top NCCAA mark in that event. Just for good measure, Alexander ran the third leg of McM’s 4x100 meter relay team which not only won the race at the Kittley Invitational, but also posted the top time among NCCAA schools (47.09).
Ogle (Eden, Texas) surpassed former teammate Everett Miller's triple jump record (50' 3 ½"), by leaping 50' 6 ¼" to finish fourth at ACU. Ogle’s first-ever leap over 50 feet outdoors also gave him the No. 1 ranking in the NCCAA.
Cruz (Abilene, Texas), a sophomore sprinter, ran a 21.00 second time in the 200 meters, earning sixth place. He was also eighth in the 100-meter dash at 10.50 seconds. Cruz’s times placed him third in the NCCAA for both races.
Information for this story provided by McMurry Athletics.