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Wallace, Keirns give OC sweep of NCCAA weekly men’s track and field honors

OC sophomore Austin Wallace's third-place finish in the decathlon at the Kansas Relays earned him honors from the NCCAA.
OC sophomore Austin Wallace's third-place finish in the decathlon at the Kansas Relays earned him honors from the NCCAA.

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 22, 2014) – A pair of strong performances last week at the prestigious Kansas Relays has resulted in honors for two Oklahoma Christian track and field performers.

Distance runner Bryant Keirns and decathlete Austin Wallace were named Tuesday as the National Christian College Athletic Association men’s outdoor track and field student-athletes of the week, giving the Eagles a sweep of the awards for the first time since joining the NCCAA before the 2012-13 academic year.

Keirns took the track honor after his second-place finish in the 5,000 meters on Thursday in Lawrence, Kan. He finished with a time of 14:46.10, the second-best in the event this spring among NCCAA runners.

The sophomore from Wichita, Kan., also ran on OC’s 4x1600-meter relay team on Friday at the Kansas Relays. Keirns’ leg of 4:25.63 was the fastest on the team and helped the Eagles finish second in the race in 17:51.93.

It was the third time this year that Keirns has received a weekly NCCAA honor, having done so once in January during the indoor season as well as two weeks ago in outdoor competition.

Wallace, a sophomore from Edmond, took the NCCAA field award after competing in his second decathlon in as many weeks. He overcame less-than-optimal windy and cold conditions on Wednesday and Thursday in Lawrence to post a score of 6,083, the second-best score of his career. The only two competitors to top Wallace each came from a NCAA Division I school.

During the 10-event competition, Wallace won both the 100 meters (10.88 seconds) and 400 meters (52.99 seconds). He has qualified for the NCCAA Outdoor Championships in four individual decathlon events, as well as in the overall decathlon. He ranks second in the NCCAA in the decathlon.