Harding Women's Track and Field Wins GAC Championship

Harding Women's Track and Field Wins GAC Championship

SHAWNEE, Okla. - Harding women's track and field totaled 167 points and won the team championship at the inaugural Great American Conference Championship on Friday at Eddie Hurt Memorial Stadium on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist.

Southern Arkansas was second with 90 points and Oklahoma Christian third with 75.

Harding senior Sarah Coleman won the Most Valuable Athlete award for scoring a meet-best 22 points, and Lady Bison head coach Steve Guymonreceived GAC Coach of the Year. Coleman, of Searcy, Arkansas, was second in the heptathlon (8 points), second in the 100-meter hurdles (8), fourth in the 4x100-relay (1), and third in the high jump (5).

Harding's women won four individual titles, including three in the field events. In the running events, Harding senior Kelsey Taylor won the 1,500 meters in 4 minutes, 33.85 seconds, an NCAA provisional time that currently ranks 40th this season in Division II.

Senior Bailey Pearson won the high jump with a clearance of 5 feet, 3 inches. Sophomore Kaeli Miller won the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, 6 inches, and junior Caroline Embry won the triple jump with a mark of 35 feet, 5 inches.

Harding's highest-scoring running event was the 1,500 meters. The Lady Bisons totaled 15 points, with Taylor earning 10 for her victory, and Madison Drennan scoring four points for a fourth-place finish and Kaitlyn Leonardadding a point for a sixth-place finish.

Harding scored 18 points in the triple jump and 17 points in the high jump and pole vault.