WINFIELD, Kan. (April 27, 2013) – Larry Brown won the hammer and four Oklahoma Christian competitors posted season bests as the Eagles completed the regular track and field season on Saturday at the Southwestern Relays.
The meet was the last one before OC heads to Illinois next week for the National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Championships and Brown will be coming off a win in his best event.
The sophomore from Shelbyville, Ind., beat a field of 19 throwers in the hammer. Brown’s mark of 170 feet, 3¼ inches (51.89 meters) was more than six feet further than the runner-up in the event. He ranks second in the NCCAA in the hammer.
Trenton Parker qualified for nationals in the 400 meters, finishing second in a field of six with a time of 51.67 seconds. Winston Ogletree also posted a season-best of 56.45 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing third. Ogletree has qualified for the NCCAA meet in the event.
Others posting season-best times included Bryant Keirns in the 1,500 meters (eighth among 28 runners in 4:02.78) and David Koistinen in the 800 meters (11th among 30 runners in 1:57.30). Koistinen finished behind a pair of teammates in the 800, Ryan Lutterloh (fifth in 1:56.04) and Roberto Diaz (10th in 1:57.16).
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, OC’s Trent Stephens and Evan Fike finished second and third, respectively, in the five-man field. Stephens’ time was 10:20.23, while Fike’s was 10:29.59.
Tracy Marshall prepped for a run at the NCCAA long jump title by finishing second among 19 competitors with a jump of 22 feet, 8½ inches (6.92 meters). OC freshman Myles Mukes was 10th with a mark of 20 feet, 5 inches (6.22 meters).
In the discus, Nate Donley took eighth among 26 throwers with a mark of 125 feet, 4¼ inches (38.20 meters).
OC’s 4x400-meter relay team finished second among nine squads in a time of 3:24.25 but did not qualify for the NCCAA meet. Thomas Ducat, who already had qualified in the 200 meters, was ninth in that event at Southwestern, finishing in 23.08 seconds in a field of 27 runners.