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LAKE CHARLES, La. – The Oral Roberts University track and field teams added three more individual championships to the tally on Sunday on the final day of the 2013 Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Combined with Morrie Turner’s long jump victory on Saturday the Golden Eagles crowned four champions in all with a number of all-conference performers along the way. The men’s team finished sixth with 64 points, just two points out of fifth, while the women’s team finished seventh with 55.5, five points back of sixth.  Stephen F. Austin won both the men’s and women’s team championships with 162 and 171 points, respectively.

It was a one-two sweep in the men’s pole vault, with All-American Jack Whitt again awing the crowd with a meet and stadium record vault of 18-2 (5.55m) to win the championship. Teammate Dustin Gehrke finished second with a season-best mark of 17-7 (5.40m). Dillon Lookout also got team points for his sixth place finish with a height of 15-6 (4.75m).

Freshman Madison Reynolds blew away the competition in the 400m dash, running 53.60 to win by just shy of a full second over the second place runner, and at least two seconds over the rest of the field.

Despite being two seconds off his season-best Jeffery Gibson cruised to gold in the 400m hurdles, winning by 1.6 seconds over the rest of the field with a time of 51.07 seconds.

Tamaira Williams ran a season-best 11.79 to finish in a virtual tie with Ashleigh Wells from McNeese State and took fifth in a photo finish. Cornesha Wilkerson finished eighth with a time of 11.97 in the finals. Wilkerson (24.32) and Reynolds (25.30) finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 200m dash finals.

The lone representative in the 100m dash, Raphael Chihambakwe ran a personal-best 10.57 to finish in a photo finish, taking seventh overall. It was Chihambakwe’s best time of the season by nearly two tenths of a second.

Erin Roberson clocked in at 2:16.30 to finish fifth in the 800m dash, her season best in the event. After finishing second in the 3,000m steeplechase yesterday, Samantha Watson hit the track again and clocked in at 18:22.16 in the 5,000m run.

In the men’s 800m run, Tyler Banks finished second (1:54.28), while John Bradford earned a team point for finishing eighth (1:57.27).

ORU had a pair of women’s pole vaulters earn team points, including Lauren McFarland, who tied for second at 12-4 (3.78m), and Daniella Szabo, who tied for fifth at 11-9 (3.63m).

In the relay events, the 4x100m relay team of Victoria Reynolds, Madison Reynolds, Williams and Wilkerson combined to run 45.77, claiming second overall, while Olivia Terry, Erin Roberson, Maisha Mitchell and Reynolds combined to run a season-best 3:46.69 in the 4x400m relay for fourth place.

The men’s 4x100m relay team of Damian Matthews, Joseph Reis-Herron, Zuva Bvekerwa and Chihambakwe combined to run 41.77, tying for fourth overall. Bradford, Bverkewa, Gibson and Banks ran 3:16.44 to finish fourth in the 4x400m relay.

On his final attempt of the championship, Tim Jones hit a mark of 49-9 (15.21m), shattering his season best by more than two feet. The mark put him in sixth place overall.

The season is not over for a number of Golden Eagles as they await bids into the NCAA Championships. Those bids will be announced later in the week.   

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