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Palmer improves stock in triple jump, Barrientez wins 1,500 at Southwestern

OC freshman Keegan Palmer recorded a season-best mark in the triple jump at the Southwestern Relays.
OC freshman Keegan Palmer recorded a season-best mark in the triple jump at the Southwestern Relays.

WINFIELD, Kan. (April 26, 2014) – Keegan Palmer improved his stock in the triple jump and Brayden Barrientez took top honors in the 1,500 on Saturday at the Southwestern Relays.

The meet was the final tuneup for Oklahoma Christian’s men’s track and field team before the National Christian College Athletic Association Championships. Several of OC’s top competitors bypassed the Southwestern meet, choosing instead to rest and train up until next week’s national meet in Rome, Ga.

Palmer, a freshman, finished sixth among 16 competitors in the triple jump with a season-best effort of 42 feet, 9¾ inches (13.05 meters). He will compete in the event next week.

Barrientez, a senior, led OC’s domination of the 1,500, as the Eagles had four runners place in the top six in the 19-man field. Barrientez won in 4:06.48, with Bryant Keirns second in 4:07.62, Brennym Kaelin fourth in 4:12.08 and Evan Durrill sixth in 4:13.11. Barrientez and Keirns already had qualified for the NCCAA meet in the event.

Jamal George (10.89 second in the 100 meters) and Winston Ogletree (56.81 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles) also ran national-qualifying times, although both already had qualified for nationals in those events.