Diaz 3rd in 5K, McWilliams 10th in 10K at Kansas Relays

OC senior David McWilliams finished 10th in the 10,000 meters at the Kansas Relays.
OC senior David McWilliams finished 10th in the 10,000 meters at the Kansas Relays.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (April 18, 2013) – A trip to one of college track and field’s most prestigious meets confirmed that Oklahoma Christian’s Roberto Diaz is one of the top distance runners in the National Christian College Athletic Association.

Running in the 5,000 meters in the Kansas Relays at Memorial Stadium on Thursday night, the sophomore from Austin, Texas, finished third among 31 runners with a time of 14:41.95, the fastest of the season by a runner at an NCCAA school.

Diaz’s previous best time of the season had been 14:48.25 at the Emporia State Relays earlier this month. That had been the fastest time in the NCCAA this season before Thursday.

Diaz finished behind a pair of NCAA Division I runners, Evan Landes of Kansas (14:27.42) and Jeffrey Mettler of South Dakota (14:28.78). Diaz beat 11 other Division I competitors.

OC senior David McWilliams also had a strong showing in the 10,000 meters, finishing 10th among 34 runners in 31:18.24.

The time ranked fourth in the 10K in the NCCAA this season and easily qualified McWilliams for the event at the NCCAA Outdoor Championships, set for May 2-4 in Joliet, Ill.

McWilliams already had qualified for nationals in the 5,000 meters and plans to run both races at the NCCAA meet.