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Running at Wichita State, Eagles pick up 4 more qualifiers for national meet

OC's Timothy Zuercher qualified for nationals in the 10,000 meters while running in a meet hosted by Wichita State.
OC's Timothy Zuercher qualified for nationals in the 10,000 meters while running in a meet hosted by Wichita State.

WICHITA, Kan. (April 11, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian’s Bryant Keirns, Kyle Broaddrick and Roberto Diaz all qualified for nationals in the 1,500 meters and Timothy Zuercher did the same in the 10,000 meters on Friday night at the K.T. Woodman Classic, hosted by Wichita State at Cessna Stadium.

In the 1,500 meters, four Eagles finished beneath the qualifying standard for the National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Brayden Barrientez, who had already qualified for nationals in the event, finished 14th in the 93-man field with a time of 4:01.50.

After Barrientez came three other qualifiers, in quick succession – Keirns, in 19th place in 4:03.89; Broaddrick, in 20th place in 4:03.96; and Diaz, in 35th place in 4:07.39, just under the qualifying standard of 4:08. Another OC runner, Brennym Kaelin, just missed qualifying, finishing in 42nd place in 4:08.55.

Two other OC runners, Blake Thompson (4:29.56) and Nate Giles (4:29.85) also ran in the 1,500.

In the 10,000, Zuercher was 11th in a 27-man field in a time of 33:18.34, almost a minute under the NCCAA qualifying standard. His time was the 10th-best this season by a runner at a NCCAA school.

Two OC runners competed in the 5,000 meters but didn’t qualify for nationals. Evan Durrill was 30th among 56 runners, finishing in 16:26.99, while Thompson was 49th in 17:26.57.