OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 7, 2013) – Another race, another Heartland Conference award for Oklahoma Christian’s Roberto Diaz.
The conference named the junior from Austin, Texas, as its men’s cross country runner of the week on Monday for the fourth time in as many races this season, honoring him for his outing in the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., two days earlier.
Diaz was the highest conference finisher in the Chile Pepper, which is considered one of the top collegiate cross country events of the season. Battling soggy, muddy conditions, Diaz finished in 25:36.3, good for 16th place among the 207 non-NCAA Division I runners in the race.
He led a shorthanded OC team to a 10th-place finish in the 21-team field, the best among any of the four Heartland squads in the race.
Diaz also won the conference award after the Strohman Dental/Midwestern State Stampede, the Missouri Southern Stampede and the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree earlier this season
It’s the fifth time in his career Diaz has been named as the conference’s runner of the week, as he also won the award once as a sophomore. Since joining the Heartland before the 2012 season, OC runners are 9-for-9 in winning runner-of-the-week honors.