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Golden Eagles Dominate in Joplin Friday

Golden Eagles Dominate in Joplin Friday

The Basics
Event: Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invitational
Host: Missouri Southern 
Location: Joplin, Mo.

JOPLIN, Mo.  – The Oral Roberts track and field teams continued to improve on season bests and dominated the Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invitational Friday at Fred Hughes Stadium, claiming eight event victories.

Women's Top 5 Finishers
- Tamaira Williams was consistent and ran 11.90 in both the preliminaries and finals of the 100m dash, winning the event. Kirsten Burnett took third in the event at 12.17. It was the fastest time of the year for both Golden Eagles.
- Madison Reynolds broke her own stadium record in the 200m dash, wining the event with a time of 23.85, a new career best. The time broke her stadium record of 23.96 at last year's meet, and edged out Williams, who took second at 24.38.
- Samantha Watson was the lone competitor in the 3,000m steeplechase, but improved on her victorious time from a week ago, running 10:58.76, her season best.
- Cameron Hilliard, Reynolds, Burnett and Williams combined to run 46.37 in the 4x100m relay to finish third.
- Amaya Christon took fifth in the long jump with a mark of 5.54m (18-2.25).
- Ana Camargo and Burnett took first and third, respectively in the triple jump. Camargo won with a mark of 11.94 (39-2.25), while Burnett had a mark of 11.85m (38-10.5). Both marks were season bests.
- Chenoa Simpson won the javelin throw with a toss of 37.65 (123-6), six feet past second place.

Men's Top 5 Finishers
- In the 100m dash, ORU had three of the top five preliminary times, and the top two final times, with Joseph Reis-Herron winning both races. Reis-Herron ran 10.47 in the finals to beat teammate Omeiza Akerele, who crossed the line in 10.60. Although the mark was wind-aided, it would have easily been a career best for both runners.
- D'Khari Hicks ran 21.18 in the 200m dash to edge Akerele, who ran 21.33. Hicks' time was the fastest by a Golden Eagle this year and the pair finished second and third, respectively.
- Sonwabiso Skhosana ran 47.65 in the 400m dash to top Jaime Wilson from Kansas for third overall.
- John Bradford was victorious in the 800m run with a time of 1:53.84.
- The victories kept coming for ORU as Israel Nelson took gold in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.27.  
- Leif Peterson ran 10:18.53 in the 3,000m steeplechase to finish second overall.
- Justin Estala, Akerele, Raphael Chihambakwe and Reis-Herron ran 41.47 in the 4x100m relay to finish third.
- Estala was second overall and the top collegian in the pole vault, clearing 5.05m (16-6.75)

Up Next
ORU will travel to the Rock Chalk Classic May 2 in Lawrence, Kansas.   

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