TULSA, Okla. – The ORU track and field teams went two-for-two at the NCAA National Championship, with both ORU qualifiers earning second team All-America honors. Israel Nelson (110-meter hurdles) and Mercy Abire (long jump) each finished 13th in the nation in their respective events.
Nelson earned All-America honors for the second time in his career, setting a new school record at 13.81 seconds in the process. Nelson broke Franz Petzold's record of 13.89, which was set at the 2003 NCAA Regional Meet. Nelson started the postseason 14th in the west region after The Summit League Championship, and earned the 12th and final qualifying spot in the NCAA Championship Meet, where he finished 13th overall.
Abire also finished 13th in the nation, giving ORU a total of 49 All-Americans in track and field since 1999. Abire was the fourth highest underclassman in the event, behind freshmen from Georgia and Texas A&M and a fellow sophomore from Oregon.
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