Reynolds Repeats as Champion, ORU Earns Four Other Medals at SLC Championship
CONWAY, Ark. – The Oral Roberts University track and field programs wrapped up the finals of the Southland Conference Championship on Sunday, winning five total medals, including a conference championship from Madison Reynolds.
The ORU women finished 10th overall and the men finished ninth, with Sam Houston State’s women and Southeastern Louisiana’s men winning the team championships.
Reynolds defended her outdoor title in the 400m dash, lowering her season best for the second straight day, finishing in 53.32 to win the championship. Reynolds followed it up with a third place finish in the 200m dash, running 24.07, losing out on a photo finish by 0.01 seconds.
Also competing on the women’s side on Sunday, the 4x400m relay team of Maisha Mitchell, Tamaira Williams, Erin Roberson and Reynolds combined to run 3:45.11, six seconds faster than they had run all season, to take fourth overall in the event.
After earning the last spot in the finals of the 200m dash on Saturday, freshman Tinashe Mutanga flew to the top of the standings in the finals, taking second overall in a time of 21.13, more than a tenth of a second better that he had run in his freshman season.
In a blazing fast final of the 800m run, Bennett Harris and John Bradford both got under the time of the 2013 champion, but finished third and fourth respectively on Sunday. Harris claimed bronze with his time of 1:51.93, squeaking by his previous season best of 1:51.95, while Bradford’s time of 1:52.42 was two seconds off his season best (1:54.60), which he ran yesterday to earn his spot in the finals.
Jones took third in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 14.94 (49-0.25) after a pair of fouls, while Cary fouled three straight times leading into his final throw in the shot put before putting down a mark of 14.90m (48-10.75) to finish sixth. It was a season best for Jones by four inches.
After finishing seventh in the preliminaries, D'Khari Hicks improved his season best to 47.94 on Sunday and moved up to fifth place in the men’s 400m dash.
A number of Golden Eagles will now wait to see if they get bids into the 2014 NCAA West Regional meet.