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OC’s Diaz (mile), McWilliams (3,000) win races at Missouri Southern

Roberto Diaz won the mile at the Missouri Southern Lion Invitational, his second win of the indoor season.
Roberto Diaz won the mile at the Missouri Southern Lion Invitational, his second win of the indoor season.

JOPLIN, Mo. (Feb. 2, 2013) – Roberto Diaz and David McWilliams both earned event titles for Oklahoma Christian on Saturday on the final day of the Missouri Southern Lion Invite.

Diaz, a sophomore from Austin, Texas, beat 43 other runners to win the mile in a time of 4:16.49, well ahead of runner-up Stephen Broadhurst of Oklahoma City University. If OC were eligible for its runners to compete at the NCAA Division II indoor track and field meet (and the university isn’t), Diaz’s time would have met the provisional qualifying standard.

McWilliams, a senior from Naperville, Ill., ran a dominant 3,000 meters, posting a time of 8:40.97, nearly 5½ seconds better than second-place Dominic Cabada of St. Gregory’s. Thirty-eight runners competed in the event.

Both Diaz and McWilliams posted their second wins of the current indoor season. Diaz won a 3,000-meter race at Missouri Southern on Jan. 12 and McWilliams won in the 5,000 meters at a Texas Tech meet on Jan. 18.

They became the second and third OC runners to win during the Lion Invite, as senior Geoffrey Njonjo took the 5,000-meter race on Friday night.

Also Saturday, Diaz finished fifth among 43 runners in the 800 meters with a time of 1:58.09.

Freshman Bryant Keirns and sophomore Brennym Kaelin were 11th and 12, respectively, in the 3,000 meters behind McWilliams. Keirns finished in 9:06.71, Kaelin in 9:07.07.

Keirns also was 12th in the mile with a time of 4:30.97. OC’s David Koistinen (2:01.74) and Nick Stoots (2:02.03) finished 14th and 15th, respectively, in the 800.

Austin Wallace, fourth in the heptathlon after Friday’s events, moved up one spot to third after Saturday’s events and finished with 4,445 points, topping his week-old personal best of 4,256.

The top field competitor for OC on Saturday was Adam Zolman, who was 11th among 18 in the pole vault, posting a top mark of 13 feet, 5¼ inch (4.10 meters).