Barrientez, Diaz go 1-2 in 1,000 meters at UCO Indoor Invitational

OC freshman Austin Wallace competed in the heptathlon at the Central Oklahoma Indoor Invitational, finishing second with 4,256 points.
OC freshman Austin Wallace competed in the heptathlon at the Central Oklahoma Indoor Invitational, finishing second with 4,256 points.

NORMAN, Okla. (Jan. 26, 2013) – Brayden Barrientez and Roberto Diaz gave Oklahoma Christian  a 1-2 finish in the 1,000 meters to highlight the Eagles’ outing on Saturday in the University of Central Oklahoma Indoor Invitational.

Barrientez posted an individual win for the third straight week, having won the mile in previous meets at Missouri Southern and Texas Tech. Saturday’s race was his closest of the year, as he finished in 2:32.83, just ahead of his teammate, Diaz, who had a time of 2:33.77. Seventeen runners competed in the race.

That race proved to be OC’s only event win of the day, although former OC standout Nathan Mesta, running unattached, took the 3,000 meters in 8:43.81. Current OC runner Brennym Kaelin finished 11th among the 27 runners in that race in 9:15.07.

OC senior David McWilliams ran a strong third among 34 competitors in the mile with a time of 4:22.37, while teammate David Koistinen was 12th in 4:36.78.

The 4x880-yard relay team of Barrientez, Diaz, Nick Stoots and Ryan Lutterloh took third among five teams in 7:56.55. If that time was converted to the metric 4x800-meter race, it would rank as the third-best time ever by a National Christian College Athletic Association school.

In a two-team race in the 4x220-yard relay, OC’s team of Trenton Parker, Ryan Lutterloh, Winston Ogletree, Jamal George finished second in 1:34.73.

Larry Brown led OC’s field-event competitors, taking second (among eight) in the weight throw with a mark of 46 feet, 6¾ inches (14.19 meters) and sixth (among 16) in the shot put with a throw of 40-7½ (12.38 meters).

OC freshman Austin Wallace finished the second day of a two-day heptathlon with 4,256 points, second among the three competitors. The winner, Caleb Neal of Oklahoma Baptist, had 4,640 points. Wallace won one of the seven events, taking the 1,000 meters in 3:03.86.