Keirns, Diaz shine in 5,000, Wallace 3rd in decathlon at Kansas Relays

At the Kansas Relays, Roberto Diaz posted the third-best 5,000-meter time this spring by a NCCAA runner.
At the Kansas Relays, Roberto Diaz posted the third-best 5,000-meter time this spring by a NCCAA runner.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (April 17, 2014) – Bryant Keirns and Roberto Diaz ran strong in the 5,000 meters and Austin Wallace finished third in the decathlon as Oklahoma Christian performers made an appearance on Thursday at the prestigious Kansas Relays.

Keirns and Diaz both established themselves as threats to earn All-America status at the upcoming National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships, running two of the top three 5,000-meter times this season in the NCCAA.

Keirns, a sophomore from Wichita, Kan., was sixth in the 22-man field with a time of 14:46.10, while Diaz, a junior from Austin, Texas, was eight in 14:48.75. Both were season-best marks.

Wallace overcame less-than-ideal conditions, including cool temperatures and wind, to finish the 10-event decathlon with 6,083 points, the second-best total of his career. On Wednesday, during the decathlon’s first day, the sophomore from Edmond won both the 100 meters (10.88 seconds) and the 400 meters (52.99 seconds).

His 6,280-point outing last week in the Cowley Tiger Decathlon in Arkansas City, Kan., remains the best decathlon score in the NCCAA so far this spring.

Two other Eagles also competed Thursday. Senior thrower Larry Brown qualified for the finals in the hammer and finished ninth in the 20-man field with a top mark of 54.59 meters. Brown already had qualified for the NCCAA Championships in the event.

OC freshman Kyle Broaddrick ran in the 1,500 meters and finished in 4:12.48.