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Bonde and Talbert Punch Tickets to Eugene on Friday

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 05/29/2010
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AUSTIN, Texas - Marvin Bonde and Rachel Talbert both qualified for the 2010 NCAA Championships on Friday to highlight action for the ORU track and field team at the NCAA West Preliminary in Austin, Texas. The NCAA Championships will be held in Eugene, Ore., on June 9-12.

Talbert, a senior from Newton, Kan., posted the second-best mark in the discus event with a throw of 54.54 meters. Talbert won three events at the Summit League Outdoor Championships and set three new school records.

Bonde raced to a ninth-place showing in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.42 to earn his way into the NCAA Championships. The junior from       Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, also came in 15th spot in the 200-meter dash (21.06) on Friday to qualify for the semifinals on Saturday. The top 12 finishers will advance to Eugene.

Freshman Jack Whitt (Norman, Okla.) placed 18th in the pole vault with a mark of 5.20 meters, while fellow newcomer Dustin Gehrke (Jay, Okla.) posted a 27th-place showing with a height of 5.10 meters.

Cornesha Wilkerson (Tulsa, Okla.) also competed on Friday, posting a time of 24.50 in the 200-meter dash to finish 35th.

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