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George, Keirns, Durrill, Broaddrick join NCCAA qualifying lists at UCO meet

Jamal George (left) takes the baton from Winston Ogletree on Saturday during the 4x220-yard relay at the Central Oklahoma Indoor Invitational. The Eagles won the race.
Jamal George (left) takes the baton from Winston Ogletree on Saturday during the 4x220-yard relay at the Central Oklahoma Indoor Invitational. The Eagles won the race.

NORMAN, Okla. (Feb. 8, 2014) – Jamal George, Bryant Keirns, Evan Durrill and Kyle Broaddrick all posted new national-qualifying marks and so did two Oklahoma Christian relay teams on a successful Saturday at the Central Oklahoma Indoor Invitational at the University of Oklahoma.

George, who already had qualified for the National Christian College Athletic Association Championships in the 200 meters, added the 60 meters to his portfolio with a 7.24-second effort, good enough to also place him 20th in the 48-man field. Teammate Austin Kruzich, who already had qualified for nationals in the 60, was 24th in 7.29 seconds.

Keirns, like George, has qualified for the NCCAA meet in multiple events. He entered Saturday having already done so in the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters and he now is eligible to run in the mile at nationals, taking fourth in a 40-man field in 4:28.69.

Keirns was the fastest non-unattached runner in the race, which was won in 4:11.73 by OC alum Silas Kisorio, who was prepping himself to run in the 2,000 meters next week at the Millrose Games in New York. Kisorio also ran second in the 800 meters with a time of 1:55.97, letting up ever so slightly at the end of the race.

Durrill, a freshman, joined Keirns in qualifying for nationals in the mile, placing 10th with a time of 4:35.93. Another freshman, Broaddrick, made the NCCAA field in the 3,000, with his time of 9:08.07 good for fifth place in a 33-man event.

In the 4x220-yard relay – a slightly longer event than the standard 4x200-meter race – the OC foursome of Kruzich, Joshua Jones, Winston Ogletree and George finished first among five squads in 1:33.91, which coach Randy Heath said was good enough to send them on to the NCCAA Championships.

In the 4x440-yard relay, OC’s squad of Trenton Parker, Austin Wallace, Ogletree and Jones put together a time of 3:31.81, winning their heat – with Jones rallying past a runner from Southern Nazarene on the final leg – and finishing sixth overall. That time also met Heath’s standard to advance to nationals in the 4x400-meter relay.

Senior Larry Brown won the weight throw with a mark of 50 feet, 5½ inches (15.38 meters), good enough to finish atop the 13-man competition but not close to his season-best effort. Brown already has qualified for nationals in the event and ranks fourth in the NCCAA.

Other top OC finishers Saturday included Kruzich in the 200 meters (16th in 23.77 seconds).

The Eagles will have one final chance to qualify for nationals – or improve their seeding possibility for the NCCAA meet – next Saturday at the Oklahoma Baptist Indoor Invitational in Norman.