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Golden Eagles in Great Position After Day One at Summit League Indoor Championships

Golden Eagles in Great Position After Day One at Summit League Indoor Championships

The Basics
Event: The Summit League Indoor Championships
Location: IPFW Athletics Center Fieldhouse / Fort Wayne, Ind.
Complete Results: Day 1 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – With one individual champion already in the books and a myriad of athletes in the finals of their respective events, the Oral Roberts track and field teams celebrated a solid first day and sits in position to battle for a team title on the final day of the 2016 Summit League Indoor Championships.

On the men's side, the Golden Eagles sit second in the team standings, and dominated the preliminaries of the sprint events, placing a combined nine runners in the finals of the 60m, 200m and 400m dash events.

Men's Top Finishers
 - Justin Estala claimed ORU's lone championship on the day, winning the pole vault with a mark of 5.18m (17-0). It is his second straight championship in the event. Estala beat out teammate Tommy Dial (5.03m, 16-6) who tied for second in the first conference meet of his career. Matt Owen (4.88m, 16-0) took fourth.

- ORU claimed the top spot in the 60m dash semifinals as Joseph Reis-Herron ran a season-best 6.74 seconds. Omeiza Akerele earned a spot in the finals with the third fastest time of the day at 6.88 seconds.

- The men's 200m dash was all Golden Eagles as ORU took finished first, second, third, fifth and eighth in the event. Akerele (21.82) led the way, just ahead of teammates D'Khari Hicks (21.96) and Reinhard Ndlovu (21.98). Reis-Herron took fifth at 22.28 and Raphael Chihambakwe earned the last spot in the finals at 22.30.

- Hicks (48.80) and Ndlovu (49.28) went one-two in the 400m dash prelims and will have top lane assignments on Saturday.

- Having run the fastest time in the nation earlier in the season, Israel Nelson easily won his heat of the 60m hurdles but had the second fastest qualifying time on Friday, running 8.29 to cruise into the finals.

- Tristan James got a mark of 7.11m (23-4) in the long jump to claim third overall. Jaden Purnell took fourth at 6.89m (22-7.25). It was the best mark of the season for both freshmen. ORU picked up a combined 16 points in the event with Michael Burns and Kaleb Presley finishing sixth and seventh, respectively.

Women's Top Finishers
 - Tamaira Williams posted the top qualifying time in the women's 60m dash at 7.63, while Kirsten Burnett ran 7.72 to earn the third spot. Cameron Hilliard will also appear in the finals after running 7.83 to take fifth in the preliminaries.

- Madison Reynolds (24.71) led the way in the 200m dash, edging out Williams (24.81) who had the second fastest time on the day. Hilliard will also join that duo in the finals after finishing fifth with a time of 25.35.

- Reynolds will be ORU's lone representative in the 400m dash, having run 54.86 to post the best qualifying time by nearly a full second.

Team Standings
1 – North Dakota State – 52
2 – Oral Roberts – 41
3 – South Dakota – 35
4 – South Dakota St. – 33
5 – IUPUI – 26
6 – Western Illinois – 5

1 – North Dakota St. – 67
2 – South Dakota St. – 34
3 – South Dakota – 33
4 – Oral Roberts – 7
T5 – IPFW – 5
T5 – IUPUI – 5
7 – Omaha – 3
8 – Western Illinois – 2

Up Next
Saturday marks the final day of the championships with the last three events of the men's heptathlon beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET.  Day two field events start at 11:30 a.m. with the track events kicking off at 1 p.m., followed by the crowning of the 2016 Summit League Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Champions. Live stats will be available for the final day of the championship.

For the latest information on ORU track & field, follow @ORUAthletics or @ORUTrack on Twitter or go to  Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the Golden Eagles Front Row App at or in the App Store.

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