Keirns, Kaelin go 1-4 in 3,000 meters to lead OC at Texas Tech Open

OC's Winston Ogletree posted a national-qualifying time in the 200 meters at the Texas Tech Open.
OC's Winston Ogletree posted a national-qualifying time in the 200 meters at the Texas Tech Open.

LUBBOCK, Texas (Jan. 18, 2014) – Bryant Keirns and Brennym Kaelin finished first and fourth, respectively, in the 3,000 meters, highlighting a successful day for Oklahoma Christian’s men’s track and field team at the Texas Tech Open.

During the two-day meet, six OC runners posted a qualifying time or mark for the National Christian College Athletic Association Indoor Championships, one in multiple events, as did OC’s 4x400-meter relay team.

Keirns, the reigning NCCAA indoor track student-athlete of the week, took top honors in the 3,000 with a time of 8:48.91, more than two second better than his time a week earlier at Missouri Southern. Kaelin also joined the list of NCCAA 3,000-meter qualifiers with his time of 9:02.82.

Freshman Kyle Broaddrick was 18th in a 50-man field in the mile with a time of 4:33.27, good enough to qualify him for nationals. Evan Durrill was 24th in the race in 4:36.40.

Larry Brown, who had already qualified for nationals in the weight throw, was fourth in that event in a 12-man field, posting a mark of 50 feet, 8¾ inches (15.46 meters).

In the 200 meters, the Eagles had a pair of national qualifiers in Winston Ogletree and Jamal George. Ogletree was 24th in the 53-man field with a time of 23.27 seconds, while George was 27th in 23.33 seconds. Two other OC runners also competed in the race – Trenton Parker (36th in 23.87 seconds) and Joshua Jones (38th in 23.88 seconds).

Austin Wallace earlier qualified for nationals in the 60-meter dash and the 60-meter hurdles by running a fast-enough time in the 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles race at Texas Tech.

Wallace also ran a 50.2-second split for OC’s 4x400-meter relay team. The quartet of Parker, Wallace, Ogletree and Jones finished 14th in the 22-team field in 3:27.10, a good-enough time for Heath to allow the Eagles to run in the event at the NCCAA meet.