Njonjo wins for 1st time this season, taking 5K at Missouri Southern

OC senior Geoffrey Njonjo took top honors in the 5,000 meters on Friday night at the Missouri Southern Lion Invite.
OC senior Geoffrey Njonjo took top honors in the 5,000 meters on Friday night at the Missouri Southern Lion Invite.

JOPLIN, Mo. (Feb. 1, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian senior Geoffrey Njonjo posted his first individual win of the current indoor track and field season, taking top honors in the 5,000 meters on Friday night in the Missouri Southern Lion Invite.

Njonjo dominated the 14-man field, finishing with a time of 14:54.48 seconds, almost 45 seconds ahead of runner-up Dominic Cabada of St. Gregory’s.

Another OC senior, Tracy Marshall, continued a strong start to the indoor season, taking fifth among 39 competitors in the long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 9 inches (6.93 meters). He missed his best-ever indoor mark by just 1½ inches.

Freshman Austin Wallace stood in fourth place among nine competitors with 2,461 points after the first four events of the heptathlon – the 60 meters, shot put, high jump and long jump. Wallace won the 60 meters in 7.25 seconds and was second in the shot put with a mark of 37 feet, 3 inches (11.35 meters).

On Saturday, the heptathletes will compete in the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters. Wallace finished with a score of 4,256 points in a heptathlon last week.

In other events on Friday, Larry Brown finished 19th and Connor Lankford was 28th among 37 competitors in the weight throw. Brown’s best throw was 46 feet, 4¾ inches (14.14 meters) while Lankford’s top mark was 37 feet, ½ inch (11.29 meters).

Jamal George finished 43rd among 56 runners in the 60 meters with a time of 7.35 seconds, then led three OC runners in the 200 meters, taking 38th in a 53-man field with a time of 23.95 seconds. Winston Ogletree (24.00) was 40th and Trenton Parker (24.46) was 46th.

The meet will continue Saturday.

 

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