GREAT AMERICAN CONFERENCE NEWS RELEASE
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – One year after claiming the Great American Conference Women’s Track & Field Championship crown, Oklahoma Baptist enters the 2019 outdoor season as the league favorite, the conference announced on Wednesday.
Oklahoma Baptist received eight first-place votes and the Lady Bison return four reigning GAC champions.
Leah Molter took first in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles.
She has won the 100 at each of the three previous GAC Championships.
McKae Mitchell won the 400-meter dash, Tesa Potter claimed victory in the 1500-meter run, Julianna Horner took first in the hammer throw.
Harding picked up two first-place votes and took second in the poll. The Lady Bisons feature Chelesea Howard, the 2018 GAC Most Valuable Athlete. She won in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, finished second in the long jump, took fourth in the triple jump and ran on both relays.
Emily Field returns after she placed first in the triple jump and the javelin.
The also bring back GAC Champions Kinga Szarzynska, 800, Alicja Minczuk, steeplechase and Kaylin Turley, heptathlon.
Southern Arkansas finished third in the voting, followed by Oklahoma Christian.
The Eagles’ Destiny Grace won the shot put at the GAC Championships. Rogers State finished fifth in the balloting. Audrianna Morgan, who ran on the champion 400-meter relay team and took second in the 100, returns for her senior season.
East Central edged Southern Nazarene for sixth place. Northwestern Oklahoma State, Southwestern Oklahoma State and Southeastern Oklahoma State rounded out the poll.
The Rangers and Savage Storm restarted outdoor programs this season.
Oklahoma Baptist will host the 2019 GAC Championships from April 18-20.