Track and Field Back in Action at Missouri Southern
Joplin, MO—The Oral Roberts track and field team continued their strong showing in the outdoor season, logging a host of first place finishes at the Bob Laptad/Bill Williams Invitational hosted by Missouri Southern.
Camila Pirelli got things started for ORU, as the junior turned in a fourth place finish with a 1.48m in the high jump.
The women’s pole vault competition featured Lauren McFarland finishing fifth overall with a jump of 3.87m. First place belonged to Jaci Perrmam of Kansas who logged a 4.07m
On the men’s side of the action, Jack Whitt earned his 11th first place finish of the year with a 5.53m jump. Whitt finished a full .10m ahead of Jordan Scott of Kansas, who placed second with a 5.43m.
Dustin Gehrke finished tied for third with Alex Bishop of Kansas with a jump of 4.93m.
ORU’s LaTanya Short erupted for a first place finish in flight 2 of women’s long jump, unleashing for a final score of 5.81m, well ahead of second place Lindsey Bragg of MSSU, who turned in a 5.34.
Flight 2 of the men’s long jump belonged to Clive Chafausipo, who earned first overall with a leap of 8.09m in the finals.
Fredrick Brown owned men’s triple jump, as the Golden Eagle senior finished in first by jumping a 16.67m.
In the men’s 110 meter hurdles, it was Darron Baker who led the way for ORU, snagging third place with a time of 15.85.
Not to be outdone, Jasmine Cotton logged a third place finish of her own in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.36.
The women’s 100m dash belonged to Cornisha Wilkerson, who snagged first with a time of 11.84.
TK Whitfield represented ORU well in the women’s 400m dash, grabbing yet another second place finish with a 55.75.
Jeffery Gibson was the event winner in the men’s 400m dash, sprinting his way to first with a 47.91.
Cornisha Wilkerson earned second in the women’s 100m dash with an 11.84, while freshman Erin Patterson exploded for first in the women’s 800m run with a 2:16.58. Not far behind, Marrisa Thomas came in second by scoring a 2:17.27.
In the women’s 1500m run, Kristen Radcliff garnered first with a 4:40.71.
The men’s and women’s 4x400 squads each earned first place, as the men logged a finals time of 3:17.37, and the women turned in an impressive 3:47.22.
ORU resumes competition at the Arkansas Twilight next Friday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.