Barrientez wins mile, Diaz has 2 top-5 finishes at Texas Tech meet

Roberto Diaz posted top-five finishes in the mile and 3,000 meters during the Texas Tech Masked Rider Open.
Roberto Diaz posted top-five finishes in the mile and 3,000 meters during the Texas Tech Masked Rider Open.

LUBBOCK, Texas (Jan. 19, 2013) – Brayden Barrientez won a mile race for the second straight week and Roberto Diaz posted two top-five finishes on Saturday to lead Oklahoma Christian’s indoor track and field team at the Texas Tech Masked Rider Invitational.

Barrientez beat runner-up Nick Rivera of Texas Tech by more than 5½ seconds, posting a time of 4:13.49. According to National Christian College Athletic Association records, it was the fourth-fastest mile time ever recorded by a runner at an NCCAA member school.

Barrientez, a senior from Wichita, Kan., won the mile race at the Missouri Southern Open Invitational a week ago by more than six seconds. His time in that race (4:16.26) now ranks as the seventh-fastest in NCCAA history.

His win in the mile gave OC three event victories at the Texas Tech meet, as Tracy Marshall (long jump) and David McWilliams (5,000 meters) took top honors on Friday night.

Diaz, a sophomore from Austin, Texas, gave OC two top-five mile finishers in the 31-man race, taking fourth in 4:20.70, and he added a fifth-place finish (among 46 runners) in the 3,000 meters, finishing in 8:33.82. His teammate, senior Geoffrey Njonjo, was sixth in the 3,000 with a time of 8:45.03, while Barrientez was 15th in 9:11.39.

Freshman Austin Wallace led the OC contingent in the 55 meters, finishing 44th out of 70 runners in 6.74 seconds. Wallace also was 25th of 39 competitors in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.28 seconds.

In the 800 meters, OC’s top finisher was David Koistinen, who was 37th among 67 runners in 2:20.28.

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