Diaz becomes 1st OC men’s XC runner to receive NCCAA honor

OC junior Roberto Diaz has been named as the NCCAA men's cross country student-athlete of the week.
OC junior Roberto Diaz has been named as the NCCAA men's cross country student-athlete of the week.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 24, 2013) – For the first time, the National Christian College Athletic Association has named an Oklahoma Christian men’s cross country competitor as its student-athlete of the week for the sport.

Roberto Diaz received the NCCAA honor on Tuesday, a day after he was chosen as the Heartland Conference runner of the week. OC won the NCCAA cross country title in 2012, but never had a runner receive a weekly national award last year.

Diaz, a junior from Austin, Texas, had a strong showing in the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo., on Saturday. Leading a shorthanded squad missing two of its top five runners, Diaz posted a career-best 8,000-meter time of 25:06.85 to finish sixth in the 175-man field. The Eagles finished seventh in the team competition.

It’s the second time Diaz has received a weekly NCCAA award. He was named as the outdoor track and field student-athlete of the week last April 9.

He already has been named as the Heartland Conference runner of the week twice this season.