SHAWNEE, Okla. (Oct. 12, 2013) – With several of the team’s top runners sitting out, Oklahoma Christian finished seventh among 11 teams on Saturday morning in the Oklahoma Baptist Bison Invitational.
With the Eagles set to run for the first time at the Heartland Conference Championships in two weeks, OC coach Wade Miller had four runners who had been running among the Eagles’ top seven – Roberto Diaz, Bryant Keirns, Evan Durrill and Timothy Zuercher – skip the race. OC also was again without another top runner, Kyle Broaddrick.
Miller opted to have other OC runners race to sharpen themselves for the conference meet. Brennym Kaelin, a consistent top-five performer for OC this year, led the way for the Eagles, finishing 13th in the 95-man field while covering the 8,000 meters in 26:08.70.
Trent Stephens and Nick Stoots, who also are competing for spots in the Eagles’ starting lineup, finished 22nd (26:50) and 50th (28:08), respectively.
Nathan Giles (89th in 32:10) and Riley Compton (94th in 34:41) were OC’s other two runners. The Eagles posted a team score of 198 and finished ahead of three squads.
“I decided to have a few guys train through this weekend instead of racing,” Miller said. “Brennym and Trent ran well.”
“We have a training block coming up, during which we can put our heads down and get some work done,” Miller said.