OSU training partners win OKC Memorial Marathon

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — There will be celebrations in Stillwater after two Cowboys took the top spots in the 22nd annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

Throughout the race, OSU assistant professor McKale Montgomery took the lead and never looked back.

Montgomery crossed the finish line with a preliminary time of 2:41:06.

His average pace for the entire race was 6:09 per mile.

With the arrival of Montgomery, she set a new course record for the women’s race.

The men’s side of the race had more drama than the women’s.

Daniel Murphy took the lead early in the race, but lost it to Bryant Keirns near the 20-mile mark.

Keirns was able to cross the finish line at 9:54 with a final time of 2:08:35. His average pace was 4:56 per mile.

After the race was over, we learned that Montgomery and Keirns are training partners at Oklahoma State University. While Montgomery is a professor in the nutrition department, Keirns is a graduate student.

While Keirns said he knew Montgomery would finish strong, she had no idea his training partner won the men’s race.

While being interviewed by Tara Blume of KFOR, Montgomery heard the news.

“Did Bryant win? He’s my sparring partner! Go Bryant! Go Pokemon! Montgomery said.

“That was our goal! That’s awesome!” she added.

Montgomery says that in the last two years they’ve probably put in over 2,000 training miles.

“He had a fantastic run in Houston in January and I told him he knew my goal all year was to win in Oklahoma City and I said, ‘That’s your goal now too. And he got a little surprised look on his face and he started to believe. And I knew he had it,” she said.

She says their next goal together is to make it to the Olympic trials in 2024.

Milton S. Rodgers