OC’s Diaz 2nd in Tyson Invitational college 3K race

Roberto Diaz finished second in the college 3,000-meter race at the Tyson Invitational.
Roberto Diaz finished second in the college 3,000-meter race at the Tyson Invitational.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Feb. 9, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian sophomore Roberto Diaz ran his fastest 3,000-meter race of the indoor track season on Saturday, finishing second in the event at the Tyson Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Complex.

Diaz posted a time of 8:16.41 on the 200-meter banked track, behind only Caleb Edmonds of NCAA Division I Liberty, who won in 8:14.09. Diaz was the only NCAA Division II runner in the 25-man field.

Diaz’s time, when converted for track size, was the second-fastest this season among National Christian College Athletic Association runners, trailing only Nathan Martin of Spring Arbor (Mich.). Diaz will run in the 3,000 meters next week at the NCCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Marion, Ind.

The competition to be able to run in the Tyson Invitational is fierce and only two OC runners made the cut –Diaz and senior Brayden Barrientez, who ran in the college mile on Friday.