Njonjo-Diaz (5K), Brown-Lankford (hammer) go 1-2 at OBU
SHAWNEE, Okla. (March 30, 2013) – Geoffrey Njonjo and Roberto Diaz finished 1-2 in the 5,000 meters and Larry Brown and Connor Lankford did the same in the hammer on Saturday at Oklahoma Baptist’s Bison Invitational at the Eddie J. Hurt Memorial Track Complex.
Njonjo pulled away from the field of 25 runners in the 5,000 to win easily in 14:56.70, the third-fastest time in that event this season by a student-athlete at a National Christian College Athletic Association school. Diaz finished in 15:04.89, the fifth-best NCCAA time this season.
Diaz also was second among 44 runners in the 1,500 meters in 3:54.44, the second-best time in the NCCAA this spring. Nick Stoots (11th in 4:08.92) and David Koistinen (12th in 4:09.39) also posted qualifying times for the NCCAA meet.
Ryan Lutterloh finished 10th among 35 runners in the 800 meters with a time of 1:59.30. OC assistant cross country coach Sam Dech and senior Brayden Barrientez, both running unattached, finished third and fourth, respectively, in 1:55.17 and 1:55.44.
Freshman Bryant Keirns, making his debut in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, was fifth among nine competitors, finishing in 10:01.85 and qualifying for the NCCAA meet.
The Eagles’ other 1-2 finish came in the hammer throw. In a field of four, Brown led the way with a 53.99-meter toss, while Lankford’s throw of 42.92 meters (140 feet, 10 inches) qualified him for the NCCAA meet.
Lankford also finished sixth in both the discus (38.00 meters) and shot put (12.74 meters). In the long jump, Tracy Marshall was seventh of 14 competitors with a top mark of 6.76 meters.
Renaldo Garrett posted an NCCAA qualifying mark in the 110-meter hurdles, taking third out of nine runners with a time of 14.97 seconds.