Tracksters Place Sixth; Earn Academic Honors

Roberto Diaz earned two top-three finishes at the NCCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, helping propel the Eagles to a sixth-place team finish.

Diaz placed second in the 5,000 and third in the 1,500 to net two All-America honors. Larry Brown finished second in the hammer throw and David McWilliams placed third in the 10,000 meters to earn All-America status, too.

OC’s other top-10 finishers were Geoffrey Njonjo (fifth in the 5,000), the 4x400-meter relay team of Thomas Ducat, Jamal George, Winston Ogletree and Trenton Parker (sixth), Tracy Marshall (seventh in the long jump), McWilliams (eighth in the 5,000), and Timothy Zuercher (10th in the 5,000).

Brayden Barrientez, Tracy Marshall and McWilliams are the first Eagles to receive Division II Academic All-America honors. 

Barrientez (3.85 GPA, biology major), McWilliams (4.0, Bible) and Marshall (3.97, electrical engineering), who earned the honor at the NAIA level last year, are three of just six Eagles to be named first-team Academic All-Americans more than once.

OC’s previous first-teamers are Kim Golden (women’s basketball, 1991), Luke Anderson (men’s track, 2000 and 2001), Gabriela Lancman (women’s tennis, 2001), Blake Blackwell (men’s cross country, 2002, and men’s track, 2003), Kristin Brown (women’s soccer, 2006 and 2007), Adam Barnes (men’s soccer, 2007), Katy Clift (women’s basketball, 2012), Renardy Guelfi (men’s tennis, 2012), and Martin Poboril (men’s tennis, 2012).

Fall 2013

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