After a rainy Friday, the rest of the weekend was sunny and in the 60s, which set up for great weather to watch Harding sporting events.
The Harding men’s and women’s track teams hosted the annual Bison Invitational on Saturday. Ewa Zaborowska, Kristen Celsor and Rachael Domeyer each reached NCAA provisional marks on the women’s side, and on the men’s side Jacob McDonald set a new school record in the hammer throw, and Josh Syrotchen recorded an NCAA provisional mark in the discus. Zaborowska won the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 12.25 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in the event this season in NCAA II. Celsor cleared 5 feet, 6 inches, to tie the seventh-best height in NCAA II, and Domeyer won the javelin with a school-record throw of 132 feet, 4 inches, which ranks 15th in NCAA II this season. Harding’s women had several other event victories Saturday. In the sprints, Shana Holmes won the 200 meters in 25.91. Both distance events went to the Lady Bisons. Dallis Bailey won the 1,500 meters in 4:55.95, and Kelsey Taylor won the 5,000 meters in 18:45.46. The Lady Bisons won both relays. Holmes, Sarah Coleman, Rachael Price and Celsor combined to win the 4×100 meters in 49.53. Tammy Kim, Holmes, Zaborowska, and Celsor won the 4×400 in 3:58.63.
On the men’s side Jacob McDonald won the hammer with a throw of 156 feet, 10 inches, breaking his own record of 147 feet, 2 inches. Josh Syrotchen, won the discus with a throw of 164 feet, the fifth-best discus throw in NCAA II this season, and only four inches short of Harding’s record of 164-04 set by Bryan Rampey in 1997. Harding also won four other field events. Trey Adkison won the pole vault (13-11.75), Andrew Dather won the long jump (19-05.50), Ryan Cagle won the shot put (48-10), and Max McBride won the javelin (178-08). The Bisons also had an outstanding meet in the running events. Donatella Luckett won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He ran 11.04 in the 100 meters, and 23.04 in the 200 meters. Landon Belcher won the 400 meters in 49.45. In the distance events, Lucas Goodspeed won the 800 meters in 1:57.24, Taylor Lively won the 1,500 meters in 4:02.70, and Andrew Evans won the 5,000 meters in 15:17.65. Stephen Hedlund won the 400-meter hurdles in 55.70. Harding’s teams won both relays. The team of Corey Bassett, Kevin Naceanceno, Dillon Bagwell and Luckett won the 4×100 meters in 43.00. Naceanceno, Trevor Holloway, Bagwell and Belcher won the 4×400 relay in 3:20.52.
Baseball: Harding bounced back after a losing skid to sweep Northwestern Oklahoma in Great American Conference action on Saturday and Sunday. The Bisons won the first game on Saturday 11-4 and then won both games on Sunday 10-5 and 4-2. On Saturday, Trent Wooldridge, Erin McCarver and James Anderson had three hits each, and the Bisons scored in five straight innings to get the win. On Sunday, Noah Chandler went 5-for-6 with two doubles and three runs scored to lead the Bisons in the doubleheader. Cameron Walker got the win in game one, Hunter Payne got the win in game two, and Collin Campbell got the win in game three. Andrew Fiddler and Bronson Smith both recorded a save in the series.
Softball: The Lady Bisons struggled with the wind in Oklahoma this weekend. Harding dropped the first two games of the series on Friday and then split the doubleheader on Saturday. In the Lady Bisons’ 13-9 win on Saturday, Courtney Derrick, the first batter of the game, hit a homerun to right field to give Harding the lead. The Lady Bisons led the rest of the way as they scored in every inning and hit a season-high seven homeruns with Amanda Berdon hitting two. It was her first career multi-homer game and pushed her season total to five. Kinsey Beck (2), Carolyn Clayton (3), Kimmy Hendricks (4) and Courtney Chambers all had homeruns. It was Chambers’ first collegiate homerun. Harding also picked up two GAC wins against Arkansas Tech on Tuesday.
Men’s tennis: Harding went 0-2 on the week. The Bisons fell to Nebraska-Kearney and No. 16 Northwest Missouri by a 4-5 score. Mathaus Spiering won at the No. 1 singles for Harding in both matches.
Women’s tennis: Harding went 3-0 this week. The Lady Bisons defeated Nebraska-Kearney 6-3, Northwest Missouri 5-1 and Southern Nazarene 7-2. Harding led 4-3 over Nebraska-Kearney as the final two singles matches moved to the third set. The Lady Bisons needed only one win from either Piper Huey at No. 2 singles or Lauren Doversola at No. 4 singles, but both won. Against Northwest Missouri, Harding’s No. 1 doubles team of Benyapa Phumtip and Huey upset Lorena Jarolim and Alexis Bartek, ranked No. 5 in the Central Region, 8-5 to give the Lady Bisons a 1-0 lead. With a 2-1 lead, Harding quickly won two singles matches at No. 4 and No. 6. Kaleigh Wagner won 6-0, 6-0 and Doversola won her fourth-straight singles match. The Lady Bisons stayed undefeated in GAC action this season in their win over Southern Nazarene. Harding won 2-of-3 doubles and then won 5-of-6 singles matches.
Men’s golf: Harding saved its best for last Tuesday in the final round of the Jim Bishop Toyota Classic in Alabama, a 54-hole tournament played over two days on the Robert Trent Jones Fighting Joe Course. The Bisons entered the third and final round in 13th place but tied for the second-best round of the day and jumped to 10th of 14 teams with a 306. Harding finished at 938 after shooting 311 and 321 in Monday’s first two rounds. Harding’s best individual score of the third round was a 2-over 74 from Jordan Perry.
This week’s schedule (home games in bold):
Tuesday, April 1
- Men’s and women’s golf host Natural State Classic, 8 a.m.
- Baseball vs. Union University, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2
- Men’s tennis vs. Ouachita Baptist University, 1 p.m.
Thursday, April 3
- Men’s tennis at LeMoyne-Owen College, 3 p.m.
Friday, April 4
- Softball doubleheader vs. Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 2 p.m.
- Baseball at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 2 p.m.
- Women’s tennis at Arkansas Tech University, 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 5
- Softball doubleheader vs. Southwestern Oklahoma State University, noon
- Baseball doubleheader at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, noon
- Men’s and women’s tennis vs. Southeastern Oklahoma, 1 p.m.
- Men’s and women’s track at Ole Miss Invitational, TBA
Remember to check HardingSports.com for all the latest information on your Bisons and Lady Bisons.
Nathan Looney, assistant sports information director