#10 in 2013 – Brown’s 2nd-place hammer finish leads OC at NCCAA outdoor meet
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of posts recapping the top stories in Oklahoma Christian athletics during the 2013 calendar year.
OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 23, 2013) – One big throw by Larry Brown in the hammer and some outstanding performances by Oklahoma Christian’s distance runners highlighted a strong sixth-place team showing for the Eagles at the National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Championships.
Those performances were No. 10 on the list of top stories in OC athletics in 2013.
Brown, then a junior from Shelbyville, Ind., posted the highest individual finish by any OC male competitor at the NCCAA meet, held May 3-4 in Joliet, Ill., just outside Chicago. He uncorked a throw of 170 feet, 2 inches (51.86 meters) to finish as the runner-up in the hammer and earn All-America status.
Two other Eagles earned All-America honors at the meet, one of those in two different events. Roberto Diaz did so while attempting a challenging double, running the 5,000 meters and 1,500 meters on the same day. He finished third in the 1,500 in 4:00.74, then turned around a little more than two hours later to take second in the 5,000 in 14:54.55.
In the 5,000, Diaz led a dominant team performance as three other OC runners – Geoffrey Njonjo (fifth), David McWilliams (eighth) and Timothy Zuercher (10th) – also in the top 10, thanks in good part to the pace set by yet another teammate who had qualified for the event, Bryant Keirns.
Diaz capped a sophomore campaign during which the Austin, Texas, product earned NCCAA All-America status a combined six times in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.
McWilliams, a senior running a short drive from his hometown of Naperville, Ill., was OC’s other All-American, running a tactically brilliant race to finish third in the 10,000 meters in 31:18.36. McWilliams ran fourth for much of the race before making his move and passing a rival from Spring Arbor (Mich.) on the final lap.
The All-America honor was the sixth of McWilliams’ stellar track and cross country career.
In the team race, OC finished with a healthy 45 points and finished behind Azusa Pacific (Calif.), McMurry (Texas), Cedarville (Ohio), Indiana Wesleyan and Olivet Nazarene (Ill.).