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Barrientez, Diaz win events for OC in Missouri Southern meet

Brayden Barrientez won the mile at the Missouri Southern Open Invitational and added a runner-up finish in the 800 meters.
Brayden Barrientez won the mile at the Missouri Southern Open Invitational and added a runner-up finish in the 800 meters.

JOPLIN, Mo. (Jan. 12, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian’s Brayden Barrientez won the mile and Roberto Diaz took top honors in the 3,000 meters on Saturday in the Missouri Southern Open Invitational.

The two runners continued OC’s dominance in the opening meet of the indoor track and field season. OC won five events during the two-day meet, having taken the long jump (Tracy Marshall), 5,000 meters (Bryant Keirns) and distance medley relay on Friday.

Barrientez put on a dominant show in the mile, finishing in 4:16.26, more than six seconds ahead of the runner-up, Jacob Phillips of Dallas Baptist (Texas). The Eagles had three runners finish in the top eight of the 27-man race, with Geoffrey Njonjo sixth (4:30.38) and Keirns eighth (4:30.90).

Barrientez almost won a second race but was caught at the wire in the 800 meters by Miles Migliara of Missouri Southern. Migliara finished in 1:57.35, Barrientez in 1:57.41.

Ryan Lutterloh (fourth in 1:59.13) and Nick Stoots (eighth in 2:03.15) gave the Eagles three top-10 finishers in the 15-man field in the 800.

Diaz and David McWilliams gave OC a 1-2 finish in the 3,000, with Diaz posting a time of 8:35.55 and McWilliams finishing in 8:42.48.

OC’s 4x400-meter relay team of Lutterloh, Austin Wallace, Trenton Parker and Winston Ogletree finished fourth among eight teams in 3:34.33

In the field events, Larry Brown had OC’s top performance on Saturday, finishing 10th among 20 competitors in the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 6 inches.

Marshall finished last among seven competitors in the triple jump but still uncorked a mark of 43 feet, 10 inches, good enough to qualify him for the National Christian College Athletic Association Indoor Championships next month.