3 OCXC runners earn NCCAA Scholar-Athlete honors

David McWilliams, seen running down the stretch at the NCCAA Championship race on Saturday, was one of three OC cross country runners named to the NCCAA's Scholar-Athlete team.
David McWilliams, seen running down the stretch at the NCCAA Championship race on Saturday, was one of three OC cross country runners named to the NCCAA's Scholar-Athlete team.

CEDARVILLE, Ohio (Nov. 12, 2012) – Oklahoma Christian cross country runners Brayden Barrientez, Trevor Martin and David McWilliams have been named to the NCCAA Scholar-Athlete list.

To qualify for the honor, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior academically and have a grade-point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. The 68 cross country honorees were announced Saturday at a banquet following the NCCAA Championship race, which OC won.

Barrientez, a senior missions major from Wichita, Kan., has a 3.83 GPA. Martin, a junior mechanical engineering major, from Nederland, Texas, carries a perfect 4.0 GPA, as does McWilliams, a senior Bible major from Naperville, Ill.

Barrientez and McWilliams have earned a handful of academic honors during their careers. Both were named during the 2011-12 school year as NAIA Scholar-Athletes in cross country and track and field and also received Capital One Academic All-America College Division first-team honors for cross country/track and field.

On Saturday, Barrientez finished fifth overall in the NCCAA race, while McWilliams was 10th, helping the Eagles win the national team championship.