#7 in 2013 – Barrientez, Marshall, McWilliams give OC 3 1st-team Academic All-Americans

Tracy Marshall competes in the long jump at an indoor meet at Texas Tech in January. Marshall was one of three OC track and field competitors to earn first-team Academic All-America honors in 2013.
Tracy Marshall competes in the long jump at an indoor meet at Texas Tech in January. Marshall was one of three OC track and field competitors to earn first-team Academic All-America honors in 2013.

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. 25, 2013) – A trio of Oklahoma Christian track and field student-athletes accomplished a remarkable and unusual repeat performance in 2013, making the prestigious Capital One Academic All-America first-team list for NCAA Division II a year after doing the same at the NAIA level.

The academic and athletic accomplishments of Brayden Barrientez, Tracy Marshall and David McWilliams were No. 7 on the list of top stories in OC athletics in 2013.

The Academic All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The teams are selected based on a combination of academic and athletic accomplishment. Before 2012, OC had never had three first-team Academic All-Americans in one sport in one academic year, but Barrientez, Marshall and McWilliams made the track and field/cross country first-team College Division list, which honors NAIA student-athletes.

Then in 2013, in OC’s first year of eligibility, the trio became the university’s first Academic All-America selections in any sport at the NCAA Division II level – and all three, again, received first-team honors.

How unique was that? OC had more first-team honorees than any other institution on the Division II list and only one other university – Central Missouri State – had as many as three honorees on the first-, second- and third-team lists combined.

In OC athletic history, only three other student-athletes ever had twice been named to a first-team Academic All-America list – and McWilliams, Marshall and Barrientez doubled that number.

Barrientez, a senior biology major from Wichita, Kan., had a 3.85 grade-point average and finished the 2013 campaign having earned 10 NAIA or NCCAA All-America awards in cross country and track and field – the second-highest total in OC history.

Marshall, a senior electrical engineering major from Hutchinson, Kan., had a 3.97 GPA. He earned team points in three events this season at NCCAA national meets – the long jump and triple jump at the Indoor Championships and the long jump at the Outdoor Championships,

McWilliams, a senior Bible major from Naperville, Ill., finished with a perfect 4.0 GPA. He earned NAIA or NCCAA All-America honors in cross country and track six times during his career and, like Barrientez, was a part of two national-championship cross country teams at OC.

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