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LAKE CHARLES, La. – Senior Morrie Turner won the long jump competition and Oral Roberts University put a number of athletes in the finals on the second day of the 2013 Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The ORU women are currently ninth in the team standings with nine points, while the men are seventh with 11 points, but both teams will have the potential for big points on Sunday.

After finishing fourth at the Southland Conference Indoor Championship, Turner claimed gold at the outdoor meet, getting out 24 feet 7 inches (7.49m) from the board for the victory. Turner also won the KU Relays and Track-It-Buster Invitational at Wichita State.

Jeffery Gibson had the second-best time (52.52) in the 400m hurdles and will compete in the finals of the event on Saturday.

Joseph Taylor also picked up a team point for ORU with an eighth-place finish in the javelin, getting a mark of 188-6 (57.51m), just off his season best.

Madison Reynolds clocked the fastest time of the day in the 400m dash preliminaries, finishing her lap in 54.45 seconds and will hold the top lane preference for Saturday’s championship. Samantha Watson’s time of 10:50.81 earned her a second-place finish in the finals of the 3,000m steeplechase. She was one of two Golden Eagles to earn points in the event, with Casady Ashcraft finishing eighth at 11:42.25, a season-best time by more than a minute for Ashcraft.

On the women’s side, ORU has multiple finalists in each of the women’s 100m dash and 200m dash events and a single entry in the 400m dash and 800m run events.

The men have a finalist in the 100m dash, 400m hurdles, and two in the 800m run.

The finals of the track events and final field contests will be held on Sunday from McNeese State.


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