5 earn spots at nationals on 1st day at Missouri Southern meet
JOPLIN, Mo. (Jan. 31, 2014) – Austin Kruzich posted national-qualifying times in two events and three Oklahoma Christian runners did the same in the 5,000 meters on the opening night of the Missouri Southern Lion Invitational on Friday.
Kruzich qualified for the National Christian College Athletic Association Indoor Championships in the 60 meters, finishing 39th in a 68-man field with a time of 7.25 seconds.
In the 200 meters, he joined teammate Joshua Jones in posting a national-qualifying time. Jones was 39th in the 85-man field in 23.53 seconds, while Kruzich was 42nd in 23.60 seconds. Two other OC runners, Jamal George and Winston Ogletree, already had qualified for the national meet in the 200. George led the Eagles on Friday in the event, finishing 38th in 23.51 seconds.
In the 5,000 meters, three Eagles – sophomores Bryant Keirns and Timothy Zuercher and freshmen Kyle Broaddrick – each earned a spot in the NCCAA field in the event. Keirns was sixth in the 34-man race with a time of 15:14.94, while Broaddrick was 10th in 15:48.21 and Zuercher was 15th in 16:06.36.
Senior Larry Brown finished 13th in the weight throw with a mark of 48 feet, 10 inches (14.88 meters). He already had qualified for the national meet in the event.
Also Friday, Austin Wallace began competing in the heptathlon. After four events (the 60 meters, long jump, shot put and high jump) in the two-day competition, he was in eighth place with 2,672 points.