Pirelli's School Records Pace ORU to Start Summit League Championships
FARGO, N.D.-Camila Pirelli broke two school records, a meet and stadium record, and won the heptathlon over the first two days of the 2012 Summit League Championships, hosted by North Dakota State. Her performance led the way for Oral Roberts, placing numerous athletes in the finals of their respective events.
Pirelli started things off on Thursday as she competed in the first four events of the heptathlon. She finished fourth in the 100m hurdles (15.35), second in the high jump (1.63m, 5-4.25), won the shot put (13.56m, 44-6) by a margin of nearly 10 feet, and finished fifth in the 200m dash, giving her 3,086 points and the overall lead in the event.
If those four events weren't enough, Pirelli also won the javelin event Thursday, with a meet and stadium record throw of 46.67m (153-01).
Pirelli continued to have a strong showing on Friday as she finished second in the long jump (5.36m (17-7), blew away the competition in the javelin with a mark of 48.25m (158-4), shattering the school record in the process. The previous record was set in 2006 by Rachel Talbert at 46.96 (154-1). She finished the seven-event competition with a second-place finish in the 800m run, giving her a first or second place finish in five of the seven events, easily winning the Summit League Championship with 5,254 points. That mark also broke the school record, which she held at 4,864, doing so at the KU Relays last season.
Coming off her first collegiate victory in the 400m dash at the Wichita State Track-It Invitational, TK Whitfield won her heat of the event and qualified for the finals with the second fastest time (56.57 seconds).
Cornesha Wilkerson's 100m dash time of 12.10 was the third-fastest qualifying time of the day, placing her in the finals on Saturday. Wilkerson also made the finals in the 200m dash, running 24.59, the fastest preliminary time of the day. Whitfield will also compete in the finals on Saturday, running 24.74 to post the fourth best overall time.
Marrisa Thomas ran a season-best 2:18.56 in the 800m run and will also continue to compete in the finals.
Lauren McFarland rounded out the team scoring with a 3.83m (12-6.75) mark in the pole vault, placing her fourth overall to earn five team points.
On the men's side, As expected, it was domination for ORU in the 400m dash, with Jeffery Gibson leading the charge with the fastest qualifying time of the day, finishing the lap in 48.08. Brandon Williams (48.50) had the third fastest time, while Mulando Njelka (49.30), Jeramy Roberts (49.34) and John Bradford (49.42) finished sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, all making it into the finals of the event.
Clive Chafausipo finished second in the long jump (7.47m, 24-6.25), while Tim Jones (7.09m, 23-3.25) finished fifth. Jonathan Reed ran a season-best 15.10 seconds in the 110m hurdles to qualify for the finals in the event, which will be run Saturday.
Gibson also dominated the 400m hurdles, finishing in 51.35, more than two seconds ahead of the next fastest finisher, and will lead the charge into the finals.
With the second-fastest time coming into the championships, Boyea Lockett ran 10.73 seconds to finish with the fastest time of the day, qualifying for a spot in the finals, along with Damian Matthews, who ran 11.12 to claim the ninth and final spot. Lockett also had the second-best time of the day in the 200m dash, running 21.90. Zuva Bvekerwa (22.17) and Roberts (22.35) will join Lockett in the finals, posting the seventh and eighth best times, respectively.
Tyler Banks will represent the Golden Eagles in the finals of the 800m run, finishing in 154.64.
The women's team is sixth with 36 points after nine events, while the men are seventh with 12 points, but with plenty of competitors in the finals, there are plenty of points left for both squads.
Live results and live video for Saturday's finals can be found at the following links.