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Diaz’s strong 5K leads to NCCAA men’s track honor

OC's Roberto Diaz posted the fastest time this season in the 5,000 meters by an NCCAA runner.
OC's Roberto Diaz posted the fastest time this season in the 5,000 meters by an NCCAA runner.

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 9, 2013) – A strong outing in the 5,000 meters at the Emporia State Relays earned Oklahoma Christian’s Roberto Diaz the National Christian College Athletic Association’s men’s outdoor track and field student-athlete of the week award on Tuesday.

On Saturday, the sophomore from Austin, Texas, posted the fastest time in the 5,000 meters this spring by a runner at an NCCAA school, finishing in 14:48.25 to take second place at the meet in Emporia, Kan. Diaz's time was more than two seconds faster than any other NCCAA runner has posted in the 5K during the outdoor season.

He also helped three of his teammates – David McWilliams, Timothy Zuercher and Bryant Keirns – finish in the top 12 in the race, with all of them posting national-qualifying times.

Diaz has qualified for the NCCAA Outdoor Championships in three events – the 5,000, the 1,500 meters and the 800 meters – and ranks in the top 10 in each event.

He’s the first OC track athlete to receive the NCCAA weekly award during the outdoor season. Middle-distance runner Brayden Barrientez and thrower Larry Brown took the honor during the indoor season.