Diaz, Keirns post top-5 finishes in University Division at Cowboy Jamboree

Bryant Keirns finished fifth among non-Division I runners in the University Division race at the Cowboy Jamboree.
Bryant Keirns finished fifth among non-Division I runners in the University Division race at the Cowboy Jamboree.

STILLWATER, Okla. (Sept. 28, 2013) – Led by top-five finishes by Roberto Diaz and Bryant Keirns, Oklahoma Christian tied for third in the non-Division I portion of the University Division men’s race at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree on a cool, wet Saturday morning.

Under new NCAA rules this year, runners from Division I schools and non-Division I schools are scored separately, even when the runners compete in the same race. Among the non-Division I runners in the eight-kilometer race on a course made soggy by heavy rain, Diaz was fourth in 25:52.52, while Keirns was fifth in 26:05.17.

Cameron’s Thomas Toth won in 25:16.02, while Drury (Mo.) took the team title with 50 points. Oklahoma City University (57 points) finished second, while OC (72 points) and Cameron tied for third among the five non-Division I teams in the University Division cross country race.

The Eagles ran without two of their top five runners, Kyle Broaddrick and Timothy Zuercher.

OC freshman Evan Durrill was the Eagles’ No. 3 runner, finishing 18th among the 48 runners in 27:29.26, while junior Brennym Kaelin was 21st in 27:42.01. OC’s other two finishers were Trenton Stephens (32nd in 28:19.03) and Nick Stoots (44th in 29:41.02).

“We are still beat up and missing some key runners,” OC coach Wade Miller said. “But overall, there are some very positive takeaways. Roberto and Bryant ran well for us up front and Evan put together a good race.”

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