JOPLIN, Mo. (Jan. 11, 2014) – Bryant Keirns finished second in the 3,000 meters, leading a contingent of six Oklahoma Christian men who posted national-qualifying efforts during the Missouri Southern Indoor Invitational, which ended Saturday.
Keirns joined Austin Wallace (60-meter hurdles), Jamal George (200 meters), Brennym Kaelin (mile), Keegan Palmer (triple jump) and Larry Brown (weight throw) in earning spots in the season-ending National Christian College Athletic Association Indoor Championships.
Wallace, George and Brown posted their marks on the meet’s first day on Friday. Keirns joined them Saturday with a solid 3,000-meter time of 8:50.96, while freshman Kyle Broaddrick, sidelined for most of the cross country season due to injury, ran eighth in the 21-man field with a time of 9:11.49.
In the mile, Kaelin (4:35.87) and Evan Durrill (10th in 4:36.42) gave the Eagles a pair of top-10 finishers in the 26-man field. Junior-college transfer Blake Thompson also made his OC competitive debut in the race, taking 21st in 4:52.74.
Palmer, a freshman, posted a mark of 41 feet, 3¾ inches (12.59 meters) and although he took eighth in the nine-man field, he still qualified for the NCCAA meet.
Wallace qualified for the 60-meter hurdles final but didn’t run. He did, however, compete in three other events Saturday, taking 13th among 14 in the long jump (19 feet, ¾ inch, or 5.81 meters), 11th among 20 in the shot put (38 feet, 9½ inches or 11.82 meters) and eighth among 17 in the 400 meters (52.84 seconds).