Keirns, Marshall, DMR win at Missouri Southern meet

Tracy Marshall set a personal-best mark while winning the long jump at the Missouri Southern Open Invitational.
Tracy Marshall set a personal-best mark while winning the long jump at the Missouri Southern Open Invitational.

JOPLIN, Mo. (Jan. 11, 2013) – Tracy Marshall set a personal-best mark while winning the long jump and freshman Bryant Keirns won his first individual collegiate indoor track event on Friday on the first day of the Missouri Southern Open Invitational.

In the first meet of the indoor season, OC picked up a third event win in the distance medley relay.

Marshall’s second jump of the meet was 22 feet, 10½ inches (6.97 meters), a mark that held up through the remaining four rounds, allowing the OC senior to win by 2¾ inches over unattached competitor Taylor McClelland.

Keirns, from Wichita, Kan., scored his win in the 5,000 meters, finishing in 15:36.47, well ahead of his teammate (and runner-up) Timothy Zuercher, who finished in 16:16.78.

The Eagles entered two squads in the distance medley relay, a race in which OC traditionally has been strong. The quartet of Roberto Diaz, Ryan Lutterloh, Nick Stoots and Brayden Barrientez took top honors with a time of 10:30.99, outdueling the squad from Missouri Southern, the host school, by 1.23 seconds.

OC’s other DMR team – comprised of David McWilliams, Trenton Parker, David Koistinen and Geoffrey Njonjo – finished fourth in 10:52.26.

The meet will continue on Saturday.

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