Garrett leads four OC winners at Heartland/McMurry Invitational

OC freshman Ryan Lutterloh (maroon jersey) leads the way in the 800 meters at the Heartland/McMurry Invitational, followed by teammates David Koistinen (middle) and Nick Stoots (far left).
OC freshman Ryan Lutterloh (maroon jersey) leads the way in the 800 meters at the Heartland/McMurry Invitational, followed by teammates David Koistinen (middle) and Nick Stoots (far left).

ABILENE, Texas (April 20, 2013) – Senior Renaldo Garrett won the 110-meter hurdles and three Oklahoma Christian middle- and long-distance runners claimed individual championships on Saturday in the Heartland/McMurry Invitational track and field meet.

The meet served as a de facto conference championship event, since the Heartland has only three schools – McMurry (Texas), OC and Dallas Baptist (Texas) – which offer track and the conference doesn’t sponsor a formal championship meet.

McMurry took the team title with 379 points, followed by OC with 235 and Dallas Baptist with 61.

Garrett took the title in his specialty, the 110-meter hurdles, winning in a season-best 14.97 seconds. Freshman Austin Wallace took third in the six-man field with a time of 15.95 seconds and, like Garrett, has qualified for the National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Championships in the event.

Wallace posted strong finishes in the javelin and shot put, taking second in the former (40.67 meters) and third in the latter (12.11 meters). He also took sixth among 13 runners in the 100 meters in 11.04 seconds. He’s qualified for nationals in the 100.

The Eagles also posted individual wins in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters. OC dominated the nine-man 800-meter race, placing three runners in the top four – freshman Ryan Lutterloh, who won in 1:59.54; David Koistinen, who was second in 2:00.58, and Nick Stoots, who was fourth in 2:01.70.

Brennym Kaelin bested a field of 12 runners in the 1,500 with a time of 4:18.61, while freshman Timothy Zuercher beat 10 other runners to take the 5,000 title in 16:28.86.

Winston Ogletree posted a pair of second-place finishes for the Eagles. He was the runner-up among four competitors in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in 57.82 seconds, and joined Thomas Ducat, Lutterloh and Trenton Parker on the 4x400-meter relay team that finished in 3:27.82.

In the other sprint races, Jamal George led OC with a fifth-place finish in the 200 meters (22.63 seconds)  and Ducat (51.04 seconds) and Parker (51.79 seconds) took fourth and fifth in the 10-man field in the 400 meters. George and Ducat have qualified for nationals in those respective events.