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Keirns takes NCCAA honor after strong outing at Missouri Southern

OC sophomore Bryant Keirns has been named as the NCCAA men's track and field student-athlete of the week.
OC sophomore Bryant Keirns has been named as the NCCAA men's track and field student-athlete of the week.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 14, 2014) – On the heels of a strong season-opening outing, Oklahoma Christian distance runner Bryant Keirns was named  Tuesday as the National Christian College Athletic Association men’s indoor track and field student-athlete of the week.

Keirns, a sophomore from Wichita, Kan., finished second in the 3,000 meters on Saturday at the Missouri Southern Indoor Invitational, posting a qualifying time for the season-ending NCCAA Indoor Championships next month.

Without much turnaround time, Keirns then made his debut on one of the Eagles’ 4x400-meter relay teams competing in the meet. He ran the anchor leg on OC’s ‘B’ team that finished in 3:44.72, good for an eighth-place finish in the nine-team event.

In November, Keirns finished fifth individually and earned All-America status while leading OC to a fourth-place team finish at the NCCAA Cross Country Championships in Cedarville, Ohio.

Keirns is the second OC competitor to receive the NCCAA men’s indoor track and field weekly honor this academic year, joining thrower Larry Brown. OC swept the NCCAA indoor track awards this week, as junior sprinter Maegan Cowan took the women’s national honor.