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Relay team, Gibson set records at Texas Tech Open

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 04/06/2013
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LUBBOCK, Texas – Four Oral Roberts women’s track athletes etched their names in the Golden Eagle record book on Saturday, while Jeffery Gibson sets his own school record for the second straight week at the Texas Tech Open in Lubbock.

Overall, there were ten individual medal winners, including one outright victor, and a relay medal winning team.

The team of Victoria Reynolds, Madison Reynolds, Tamaira Williams and Cornesha Wilkerson set new school record in the women’s 4x100 meter relay as they crossed the line with a time of 45.61. The set of women surpassed the previous record of 45.86, set during the Mid-Continent Championships in May of 2003.

Breaking his own record last weekend in the Texas Relays, senior Jeffery Gibson yet again improved his time and reset the school record in the 400 meter hurdles, finishing with a time of 49.83. The time gave him a second place finish in the meet and the top collegiate time.

Gibson’s time surpasses the national lead in the 400 meter hurdles through meets that had been reported, giving him the unofficial lead.

Madison Reynolds also run her collegiate best in the 400 meter dash with a time of 53.51, finishing in second place at the meet. Wilkerson was the second member of the relay team to add another medal with a third place finish in the 100 meter dash at the 11.86 second mark, while Williams followed just behind her at 11.92.

Lauren McFarland was the top collegiate pole vaulter in the women’s event, clearing 3.96 meters (12-11.75) and teammate Daniella Szabo tied for the third best mark at 3.81 meters (12-6.00).

Casady Ashcraft rounded out the medal winners in women’s events as she crossed in third place in the Steeplechase with a time of 12:45.47.

Joining Gibson with as a men’s medal winner was Jack Whitt in the men’s pole vault, clearing the 5.42 meter mark (17-09.95) for the win. With a second place finish in the same event, Dustin Gehrke cleared a height of 5.32 (17-5.50).

Joseph Taylor completed the meet with a third place finish in the men’s javelin throw with a distance of 54.09 (177-05) and Morrie Turner jumped 7.39 meters (24-3.00) for a third place finish in the long jump.

Tim Jones rounded out the men’s medal winners in the triple jump, finishing in the third sport with a distance of 14.40 meters (47-3.00).

Golden Eagle track and field athletes look to continue their momentum on April 17 as they take part in the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan. 

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