Event: 4th Annual Indoor Gorilla Classic / Hosted by Pittsburg State
Location: Robert W. Plaster Center / Pittsburg, Kan.
PITTSBURG, Kan. – Sasha Wells used an Oral Roberts record-breaking time of 8.48 seconds to win the 60 meter hurdles and was joined by Israel Nelson to sweep the hurdles Saturday at the 4th Annual Indoor Gorilla Classic.
Wells set the record in the preliminary race before matching the mark in the finals to take the individual title, while Nelson cruised to the event victory in the next race as the Golden Eagles showcased their strength in the hurdles at the Robert W. Plaster Center.
News and Notes
-Wells was in top form Saturday breaking the ORU record in the 60 meter hurdles as she won for the fourth time this season. Freshman Gabrielle Gibson's time of 8.51 seconds in the prelims also bested the previous mark set by Wells in last year's Summit League Championship as she finished third overall.
-Nelson sprinted his way to another event title in his illustrious career winning the 60 meter hurdles, saving his best race for the finals registering his second-fastest time of the year.
-Emmanuel Mwewa and Brad Dormeus put together another great effort in the 400 meter dash as the ORU pair finished second and third, respectively. Mwewa's mark ranks in the top 40 of the nation this season. The duo later helped lead the 4x400 relay team to a Summit League best time, nearly three full seconds ahead of their best of the year.
Men's Top-Eight Finishers
1 – Israel Nelson – 8.01 finals (8.23 prelims)
4 – Matt Owen – 5.06m (16-7.25)
3 – Christina Ollison – 55.66
6 – Alexa Granderson – 2:17.18
t7 – Makayla Linebarger – 3.59m (11-9.25)
The Golden Eagles will send select student-athletes to the Arkansas Qualifier Feb. 15 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for one final chance to compete before The Summit League Indoor Championship.
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