Former OC standout Wayland to work with men’s cross country team

Former OC middle-distance standout Josh Wayland will work this season as an assistant coach for the Eagles' cross country team.
Former OC middle-distance standout Josh Wayland will work this season as an assistant coach for the Eagles' cross country team.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 6, 2013) – One of the best middle-distance runners in Oklahoma Christian history is returning to help coach the Eagles’ cross country team.

Josh Wayland, a seven-time NAIA All-American in track and field for OC from 2005 to 2009, will serve as an assistant men’s cross country coach this season, head coach Wade Miller said Tuesday.

Miller also said that another former OC standout, Rachel Snider, will join his staff to work with the Lady Eagles. Wayland and Snider will replace two other former OC runners, Drew Harwell and Melyssa (Cardenas) Harwell, on Miller’s staff. The Harwells assisted Miller with the OC programs last fall.

The Eagles won the NAIA title in 2011 and followed that with a National Christian College Athletic Association title last year.

“I appreciate what Drew and Melyssa Harwell have done for the program,” Miller said. “We definitely hope they will continue to be a part of the OC tradition.

"I'm excited to work with Josh and Rachel. They both have had their hands on the record book at OC and I think they will contribute toward reaching our goals as a program."

Wayland set since-eclipsed indoor school records in the 800 meters (1:52.25) and 1,000 meters (2:25.88) and was a member of a distance medley relay team that set still standing school marks indoors (9:52.55) and outdoors (9:44.62).

He was the NAIA indoor 1,000-meter champion in 2009 after finishing as the national runner-up in the event in 2008. He also was part of NAIA runner-up squads in the indoor DMR in 2008 and the outdoor 4x800-meter relay in 2009.

The four-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete (twice each in cross country and track) was named Mr. Eagle – OC’s top student-athlete – in 2009 and served as the university’s sports information director from 2009 to 2011.

He now works for the Oklahoma City Fire Department.