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ORU athletes off to strong start in outdoor season

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 03/16/2013
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TULSA, Okla. - The Oral Roberts men's and women's track and field athletes kicked off the outdoor season on Saturday at the Tulsa Duels, taking 15 medals, including eight first place finishes, at the cross town meet.

Freshman sprinter Madison Reynolds had a great first outdoor meet, finishing with three victories. In the 400 meter, the Oklahoma City native took the victory by more than a second, crossing the line at 54.07.

She also joined forces with Victoria Reynolds, Tamaira Williams and Cornesha Wilkerson in the 4x100 meter, winning the race with a time of 46.15. Her third medal of the afternoon came in the 4x400 meter relay with Erin Roberson, Maisha Mitchell and Marrisa Thomas, finishing at the 3:50.62 mark.

Wilkerson took home a third place medal in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.75, just ahead of Williams who tied for fourth with a time of 11.77. In the 200 meter, Wilkerson brought home a second place finish, sandwiched between a pair of Missouri State runners, with a time of 24.37.

Kristen Radcliff and Samantha Watson finished the meet with medals in the 2000 meter steeplechase. Radcliff earned the victory with a time of 6:44.33, while Watson completed a time of 7:04.55.

Much like during the Southland Conference Indoor Championships, ORU women dominated the pole vault event, placing three of the top four finishes. SLC indoor champion Lauren McFarland cleared a height of 3.97 meters, while Sarah Pappas was second at 3.82 and indoor runner-up Daniella Szabo finished in fourth at 3.52.

In the men's pole vault, Jack Whitt continues to dominate his senior campaign with a victory at the Tulsa Duels. In fact, the medal stand was all Golden Eagles as Dustin Gehrke and Dillon Lookout joined Whitt during the awards ceremony. Whitt cleared 5.50 meters, Gehrke topped 5.20 and Lookout finished at the 4.75 mark.

The three vaulters weren't the only jumpers that finished well as Morrie Turner and Tim Jones each finished first and second, respectively, in the long jump. Turner leapt to a mark of 7.38 meters and Jones finished with a distance of 7.22.

Jones was also the second place finisher in the triple jump with a distance of 14.84.

After winning the 800 meter in the SLC Indoor meet, Tyler Banks carried his momentum into the outdoor season with a finish place finish on Saturday with a time of 1:55.40.

Joseph Reis-Herron took second place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.66, outsprinting teammate Raphael Chihambakwe by just one-hundreds of a second.

Jeffery Gibson picked up his first medal of the 2013 Outdoor season with a second place finish in the 200 meter with a time of 21.60, between a pair of Sooners from Oklahoma.

Chihambakwe, Reis-Herron, Zuva Bvekerwa and Damian Matthews added a third place medal with a time of 41.98 in the 4x100 meter relay, while Banks, Gibson, Malcolm Brown and James Carey had the same finish in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:23.81. 

Up next for the track and field teams is a trip to El Paso for the UTEP Springtime Invitational next Saturday.

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