ORU Crowns Four Champions at 2012 Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships
FARGO, N.D.-Senior Kristen Radcliff earned Women's Track MVP honors, while leading the Oral Roberts women's track team to a fourth-place finish with 97 points at the 2012 Summit League Championships, hosted by North Dakota State. The ORU men finished fifth with 98 points.
The hosting Bison swept both the men's and women's team titles.
Competing in nearly six miles of competition in two days, Radcliff carded three top-3 finishes, came in under two of the old meet records, and earned Women's Track MVP for the championship.
Radcliff broke the meet record in the 1,500m run, crossing the line in 4:28.34 to win the championship in the event. A day after competing in the 3,000m steeplechase and coming in second despite breaking the old meet record, Radcliff also raced in the 5,000m run on Saturday, finishing third overall with a time of 17:07.31.
Cornesha Wilkerson was edged out in a photo finish in the 100m dash, taking second after posting an identical 12.03-second time as Analisa Huschle from South Dakota. Wilkerson also took second in the 200m dash, as both ORU qualifiers ran a season-best. Wilkerson finished in 24.28, while TK Whitfield took fourth in a time of 24.37.
Whitfield's runner-up finish came in the 400m dash finals, as she ran 55.67, nearly a second faster than her preliminary time.
Jasmine Cotton's time of 1:06.83 in the 400m hurdles put her sixth overall.
Victoria Reynolds, Erin Patterson, Whitfield and Wilkerson combined in the 4x100m relay to run 47.52 seconds to finish fourth, while the 4x400m relay team of Patterson, Whitfield, Marrisa Thomas and Wilkerson ran 3:44.94 to finish as the runners-up.
On the men's side, ORU dominated the 400m dash, as they did in the preliminaries. Jeffery Gibson won the championship, defending his 2011 title with a time of 47.40. Brandon Williams was second (47.74) while John Bradford (48.67), Mulando Njelka (48.72) and Roberts (49.71) finished sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, all earning team points for the Golden Eagles.
Gibson also defended his title in the 400m hurdles, besting his 2011 championship time, running 51.65 after setting the stadium record (51.35) in the preliminaries.
Gibson wasn't the only one defending his title as Jack Whitt easily bested the competition in the pole vault with a mark of 5.35m (17-6.5). Dustin Gehrke (4.71m, 15-5.5) finished fifth, while Andrew Huntsman cleared 4.41m (14-5.5) to finish seventh.
Boyea Lockett finished third in the 100m dash with a time of 10.78, while Zuva Bvekerwa claimed sixth in the 200m dash (22.12), beating out teammate Jeramy Roberts (22.39) who finished seventh. Lockett finished ninth in the event.
Tyler Banks finished fourth in the 800m run with a time of 1:51.47, his best time of the season. After running a season-best to make the finals, Jonathan Reed topped that mark on Saturday, running 15.04 seconds in the 110m hurdles to finish seventh.
In the long jump, Clive Chafausipo finished runner-up with a leap of 7.47m (24-6.25), while Tim Jones got out 7.09m (23-3.25) from the board to finish fifth. Jones claimed second in the triple jump, posting a season-best mark of 14.43m (47-4.25).
In the relays, the 4x100m relay team of Gehrke, Gibson, Bvekerwa and Lockett ran a season-best 41.32 seconds, losing at the wire to North Dakota State after the Bison ran 41.30 seconds. The 4x400m relay team of Bradford, Williams, Njekla and Gibson combined to run 3:23.64, finishing seventh overall.
South Dakota State's Jared Vlastiun was named Men's Field MVP while Southern Utah's Cameron Levins received the Track MVP award. Newcomer of the Championships went to South Dakota's Kyle McKelvey and NDSU's Don Larson earned the Coach of the Year honor.
Women's MVP awards went to Southern Utah's Kayla Kovar for Field and Oral Roberts' Kristen Radcliff for Track. The Newcomer of the Championships was South Dakota's Analisa Huschle. NDSU's Ryun Godfrey received the Coach of the Year award.