ECU runners compete

in North Texas Track Meet

 DENTON, Texas — East Central University cross country runner Ezekiel Kissorio earned a third-place finish in the 1500-meter run and a fifth-place effort in the 3000-meter run at the University of North Texas Spring Track and Field Classic Saturday at Fouts Field.

Kissorio, competing as an unattached runner, clocked in at 4:05.18 in the 1500, which was less than five seconds off the pace set by Texas-Tyler’s Ross Renfroe (4:00.37, a meet record). Kissorio then finished the fast section 3000-meter race in 8:47.61, which was nine seconds off the pace set by North Texas’ Patrick Strong (8:38.93).

Several other Tiger runners, including two females, participated in the two-day event.

ECU’s Daniel Kiptoo, also competing as an unattched runner, finished just behind Kissorio in the 1500 with a time of 4:05.3. Kiptoo also took eighth in the 800-meter run in 1:54.97.

Mitchell Haun, also of ECU, finished fifth and teammate Joel Dutton ended up ninth in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Haun clocked in at 10:03.4 and Dutton finished in 10:17.6.

On the women’s side, the Lady Tigers’ Hayley Jennings finished fifth in the 3000-meter race in 11:16.57. The pace was set by Northwood’s Ashley Ehrnhardt in 10:57.52.

ECU results

WOMEN

1500 METERS: 17. Hayley Jennings, 5:23.50; 18. Samantha Bartlett, 5:25.37

3000 METERS: 5. Hayley Jennings, 11:16.57; 11. Samantha Bartlett, 11:56.28

MEN

800 METERS: 8. Daniel Kiptoo (unattached), 1:54.97; 29. Joel Dutton, 2:03.41; 30. Mitchell Haun, 2:03.72

1500 METERS; 3. Ezekiel Kissorio (unattached), 4:05.18; 4. Daniel Kiptoo (unattached), 4:05.30; 10. Austin Christian, 4:08.39; 14. John Sutrick (unattached), 4:12.70; 18. Jim Sutrick, 4:14.70; 20. Stefan Terrell, 4:16.13

3000 METERS (Slow Section): 2. Austin Christian, 9:10.24; 7. Stefan Terrell, 9:26.66; 8. Tyler Jackson, 9:23.75; 10. Hunter Henrie, 9:28.07.

3000 METERS (Fast Section): 5. Ezekiel Kissorio (unattached), 8:47.61; 9. Jim Sutrick, 8:58.87; 12. John Sutrick (unattached), 9:08.88

3000-METER STEEPLECHASE: 5. Mitchell Haun, 10:03.40; 9. Joel Dutton, 10:17.60

Lady Tiger golfers settle for

15th place in Tarleton State Classic

 GRANBURY, Texas — The East Central University women’s golf team, coming off the best round in its brief three-year history on Monday, slumped a bit on Tuesday and settled for 15th place as the Tarleton State Coca-Cola Classic wrapped up its two-day, two-round run at the par-72 Harbor Lakes Golf Course.

After recording a school-best 31-over par 319 on Monday, the Lady Tigers ended up with a 335 on Tuesday.

Junior Whitney McDaniel, after shooting a 79 on Monday, finished with an 82 on Tuesday for a 161 as she tied for 41st place to lead ECU.

Two of her teammates – freshmen Carol Blanton and Megan Dutton – tied for 51st place with a 163. Blanton’s 18-hole totals were 77-86 while Dutton had an 84-79. That 79 was the best round of the day for the Lady Tigers.

Emily Wharton tied for 68th place with a 167 (79-88) and Ashley Cardwell was 87th with a 176 (88-88).

Grand Canyon’s Georgina Dunn won in a playoff over Tarleton State’s Carla Cooper and Hammerli Sriyai for medalist honors. That trio fired a 3-over 147 for the two regulation rounds.

Host Tarleton State captured the team title with a score of 602, which was 10 strokes better than second-place Grand Canyon (612). Northeastern State was third just one shot back of Grand Canyon at 613. West Texas A&M and St. Edward’s tied for fourth place at 624. Angelo State was sixth at 626, followed by Western Washington (631), Midwestern State (632), Nebraska-Omaha (633) and Cameron to round out the top 10.

Central Oklahoma was 11th at 636, followed by Incarnate Word (642), Dallas Baptist (646), Newman (647), ECU (654), Texas A&M-Commerce (656), Northwood (674) and Southwestern Oklahoma State (689).

The next tournament for the Lady Tigers will be the Lone Star Conference Championships on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at the WinStar Golf Course in Thackerville.

ECU nabs softball doubleheader

split at Central Oklahoma

 EDMOND — Wanda Malone tossed a six-hitter as East Central University edged host Central Oklahoma 2-1 Tuesday in the first game of a Lone Star Conference North softball doubleheader at Broncho Field.

UCO got to Malone in the second game and came away with a 6-2 victory over the Lady Tigers as the two teams settled for a split.

ECU moved to 27-17 overall and 8-10 in the LSC North with the split while the Bronchos went to 25-13 and 10-4.

Game 1

ECU 2, Central Oklahoma 1

Malone struck out nine and walked only one as she worked all seven innings in allowing the one earned run.

Both Lady Tiger runs, one of which was unearned, came in the fourth inning.

Desireé Nordie led off with a double, Kasey Barber advanced her to third with a single and Cassandra Nordie executed a bunt-single to load up the bases. One out later, Hillary Hughes knocked in a run with a fielder’s choice and an error on the play enabled her to go to second as Barber scored the unearned run.

The Nordie sisters, Desireé and Cassandra, along with Barber each went 2-for-3 from the plate for all six of ECU’s hits off losing pitcher Rachael Steverson, who struck out five and walked only one. Desireé Nordie had the only extra-base hit of the game for the Lady Tigers with a double.

Megan Bentley and Kayce Raines each went 2-for-3 for UCO. Raines’ RBI single in the second inning lifted the Bronchos to an early 1-0 advantage.

Game 2

Central Oklahoma 6, ECU 2

Nicole Sanchez homered in the seventh, but it was too little, too late as the Bronchos came away with the win. It was the third home run of the year for Sanchez.

UCO scored four runs in the third off the starter and loser Malone (12-9) and added two more scores in the fourth to take control at 4-1. Randee Crockett relieved Malone in the fourth with one runner on and worked the remaining three innings.

The Lady Tigers, who finished with just six hits, received a 2-for-3 effort from Brandi Goodrich, who scored ECU’s only other run in the third inning. Goodrich hit a one-out single up the middle, stole second base with two outs and scored the unearned run when Shelby Simmons singled and advanced on a throwing error.

Brittany Weaver hit a three-run homer to highlight UCO’s four-run third inning. Molly Shivers and Kelsey Tiger each went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the victorious Bronchos.

Shivers (14-7) allowed the two earned runs with four walks and five strikeouts for the pitching victory.

The two teams will do battle again on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Ada.

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