Diaz takes season’s 1st Heartland cross country runner of the week award

OC junior Roberto Diaz has been named as the Heartland Conference's men's cross country runner of the week.
OC junior Roberto Diaz has been named as the Heartland Conference's men's cross country runner of the week.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 9, 2013) – Thanks to Roberto Diaz, the Oklahoma Christian men’s cross country team is picking up in 2013 where it left off last year when it comes to in-season Heartland Conference awards.

On Monday, Diaz was named as the conference’s initial runner of the week, honoring his second-place finish in the season-opening Strohman Dental/Midwestern State Stampede in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Diaz, a sophomore from Austin, Texas, posted a time of 19:15 in the six-kilometer race last Thursday, leading OC to the team win over a pair of squads that were conference champions or co-champions last year – East Central (Great American) and Dallas Baptist (Heartland).

Last year, OC cross country runners won all five Heartland Conference runner-of-the-week honors for which the Eagles were eligible. Diaz and current senior Nick Stoots each won one weekly conference honor, while then-senior Geoffrey Njonjo won three times.