Oklahoma scene: UCO running back Joshua Birmingham honored by conference
The former Luther High star ran for 137 yards and a touchdown to help Bronchos upset No. 9-ranked Washburn (Kan.).
Central Oklahoma running back Joshua Birmingham was named Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced Monday by the NCAA Division II league.
The junior from Luther ran for 137 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries as UCO upset then-No. 9 Washburn (Kan.) 35-20 on Saturday in Edmond. Birmingham added three catches for 17 yards and returned a kick 18 yards. He is the first Central Oklahoma player ever honored by the MIAA; the Bronchos are in their first year as a league member.
Birmingham is averaging 103.2 yards per game, which ranks third in the MIAA.
AROUND AND AROUND
Lawton Speedway will host its 23rd annual Winter Nationals, which will mark the last dirt car races of the season. Races for championship sprints, USA modifieds, USA limited modifieds, factory stocks and mini stocks are scheduled to compete Friday and Saturday nights. Racing each night is scheduled to start at 8. For ticket information and directions to the track, go to www.lawtonspeedway.com or call (580) 355-6417 or (580) 250-1121.
*Oklahoma Sports Park near Ada will have its third annual Stock Car Nationals from Thursday through Saturday. Drivers will have qualifiers at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; the grand finale race Saturday, with the winner earning $10,000. Mark Brill, a former State Fair Speedway points champion and currently the owner of Brill Motor Speedway in Meeker, won the 2011 event. Racing Saturday begins at 8 p.m. For ticket information or directions to the track, go to www.oklahomasportspark.com or call (580) 332-5535 or (580) 332-5383.
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