WICHITA, Kan.-The Oral Roberts University track and field teams came home happy with eight victors and four meet records Saturday, at the Track-It-Buster Invitational, hosted by Wichita State.
For the second week in a row, Morrie Turner won the long jump competition, setting a new season best at 24-10 (7.57m). Teammate Tim Jones finished third in the event, also setting a season best with a mark of 23-8.75 (7.23m).
It was a clean sweep in the men’s pole vault event, with Jack Whitt and Dustin Gehrke each clearing 17-1.5 (5.22m), with Whitt taking first based on misses. Dillon Lookout took third at 15-7.75 (4.77m).
The 4x100m relay team just missed its own school record but did take down the meet record, as Victoria Reynolds, Madison Reynolds, Tamaira Williams and Cornesha Wilkerson combined to win the event in 45.79.
Madison Reynolds took down her second meet record in the 400m dash, running 54.66 to win the event by nearly two seconds.
Williams and Wilkerson combined in the open 100m dash to finish one-two with times of 11.88 and 12.00, respectively. It was a season-best for Williams.
Joseph Reis-Herron won the gold in the 100m dash on the men’s side, running 10.74, his second-best time of the year.
Tyler Banks edged out Anthony Hilliman of UTA in an exciting 800m run, winning in 1:53.79, his best time of the year.
One of the best in the nation at the 400m hurdles, Jeffery Gibson cruised to a victory in the event as he won by more than a full second, with both of the top two breaking the meet record.
Jones earned his second medal of the day in the triple jump, finishing second in the event at 47-8.0 (14.53m), doing so on his third attempt. It was a season-best for Jones as he finished just two inches behind the winner from UMKC.
Daniella Szabo and Lauren McFarland each cleared a height of 12-0.5 (3.67m) in the pole vault, but it was Szabo who claimed second and McFarland third based on number of misses. Szabo passed on the first three heights and hit the next two on her first attempt, while McFarland passed the first four and hit her first height on the third try. Linhchi Lai took fifth at a season best 11-6.5 (3.52m) as ORU claimed three of the top five spots in the event.
Like the women’s 4x100m relay team, the men’s 4x100m relay team also narrowly missed its season best and Damian Matthews, Reis-Herron, Zuva Bvekerwa and James Carey combined to finish third at 41.85, less than a half second back of UMKC, who won the event.
Marrisa Thomas blew away her previous season best in the 800m run, clocking in at 2:13.53, five seconds better than her previous best, but finished second in the event after Ashly Wright of UTA set a meet record at 2:07.33.
Wilkerson and Williams finished neck-and-neck again in the 200m dash, with Wilkerson getting the edge this time with a time of 24.83, besting Williams’ time of 24.89.
ORU will have one final tune up before the Southland Conference Championships as they travel to Fayetteville on Friday for the Arkansas Twilight. The SLC Championships will be held May 10-12 in Lake Charles, La.