Barrientez, Marshall, McWilliams named to Academic All-District team

Brayden Barrientez was one of three OC student-athletes to earn Academic All-District honors in track/cross country.
Brayden Barrientez was one of three OC student-athletes to earn Academic All-District honors in track/cross country.

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 30, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian seniors Brayden Barrientez, Tracy Marshall and David McWilliams were named Thursday to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 Track/Cross Country team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The CoSIDA honor recognizes student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To qualify for the honor, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.3 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, have reached sophomore status athletically, have legitimate athletic credentials and have been at the nominating institution at least one calendar year.

The Academic All-District awards are divided into eight geographic districts and four categories. During the 2012-13 academic year, for the first time, Oklahoma Christian student-athletes competed for awards in the NCAA Division II category. District 6 includes universities that are members of the Heartland, Rocky Mountain Athletic and Lone Star Conferences – a total of 35 schools.

OC was one of two schools to land three student-athletes on the 14-member Academic All-District 6 team, along with Colorado School of Mines.

Barrientez, Marshall and McWilliams will advance to the ballot for Division II Academic All-America honors, which will be announced June 26. All three earned first-team Academic All-America honors last year, when OC competed in the NAIA category.

Barrientez, a biology major from Wichita, Kan., has a 3.85 GPA. He was the No. 3 runner on the OC team that won the NCCAA cross country title in 2012 and the NAIA title in 2011. He finished fifth individually at last November’s NCCAA Championship. OC’s team routinely beat Division II national qualifiers during the regular season.

In indoor track, Barrientez accounted for 30 points in the NCCAA Indoor Championships as the Eagles finished fourth and was a member of the NCCAA champion distance medley relay team. He has earned NAIA or NCCAA All-America honors eight times during the past two years and has been named as a Scholar-Athlete by either the NAIA or NCCAA five times.

Marshall, an electrical engineering major from Hutchinson, Kan., has a 3.97 GPA. A versatile performer, he excelled in the long jump, triple jump and high jump. He scored team points for OC in the long jump and triple jump at the NCCAA Indoor Championships and in the long jump at the NCCAA Outdoor Championships, in which the Eagles finished sixth.

At the NCCAA indoor meet, he uncorked a career-best long jump of 7.09 meters. He was a three-time Scholar-Athlete selection by the NAIA and NCCAA.

McWilliams, a Bible major from Naperville, Ill., was one of only 11 Division II Academic All-District selections nationally to have a perfect 4.0 GPA. McWilliams finished 10th individually at the 2012 NCCAA Cross Country Championship, earning All-America honors while helping the Eagles win the national title. He also played a key role on OC’s NAIA cross country title team in 2011, finishing 19th individually and making the All-America list.

As a senior, he earned NCCAA outdoor All-America honors in the 10,000 meters, his fifth All-America honor in cross country and track. He has earned Scholar-Athlete honors five times from either the NAIA or NCCAA.