Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

4x400, Nelson Win at Rock Chalk Classic

4x400, Nelson Win at Rock Chalk Classic

The Basics
Event: Rock Chalk Classic
 Rock Chalk Park – Lawrence, Kan.
Complete Results: Rock Chalk Classic

LAWRENCE, Kan. –  The Oral Roberts University track and field teams brought home a pair of victories, including the fastest time in five years by the 4x400m relay team, as the Golden Eagles competed against Big 12 teams at the Rock Chalk Classic hosted by KU.

News & Notes
- The men's 4x400m relay team won the event and ran the fastest time since 2011. Their combined time of 3:07.42 has them inside the top 20 in the west region.

- Destanie Thomas ran a career best by three seconds in the 800m run, finishing sixth overall at 2:15.18.

- Tiffany Richeson posted a career best in the pole vault with a vault of 3.90m (12-9.5)

- D'Khari Hicks ran 21.07, squeaking by his personal lifetime best by 0.01 seconds.

- Jaden Purnell got out a career best 14.47m (47-5.75) in the triple jump to finish third overall.

- Seniors Joseph Reis-Herron and Tamaira Williams each competed Friday at the Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invitational, hosted by Missouri Southern.

Men's Top Finishers
100m Dash
4th* - Michael Burns – 10.82

200m Dash
3rd - D'Khari Hicks – 21.07

400m Dash
5 – Omeiza Akerele – 47.63

110m Hurdles
1stIsrael Nelson – 14.15

3000m Steeplechase
4th* – Joshua Lee – 10:10.78
5th* - Caleb Turnbow – 10:54.23

4x400m Relay
1st – Omeiza Akerele, D'Khari Hicks, Kenneth James, Reinhard Ndlovu – 3:07.42

High Jump
Takudzwa Muchichwa – 1.94m (6-4.25)

Pole Vault
5th* - 4.99m (16-4.5)

Triple Jump
3rd – Jaden Purnell - 14.47m (47-5.75)
4thTristan James – 14.06m (46-1.5)

Women's Top Finishers
200m Dash
4th* - Kirsten Burnett – 24.90

800m Run
5th – Omega Reese – 2:14.29

Pole Vault
5th – Tiffany Richeson - 3.90m (12-9.5)

Triple Jump
4th – Kirsten Burnett – 12.15m (39-10.5)

* Indicates the number of unattached athletes who finished ahead of them

Up Next
ORU will travel to Vermillion, South Dakota, May 12-14 for the 2016 Summit League Championship, hosted by South Dakota.  

For the latest information on ORU track and field, follow @ORUAthletics 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.

Venable Earns USATF Award
December 8, 2015 Venable Earns USATF Award