Event: 2016 Summit League Outdoor Championship
Location: Lillibridge Track Complex / Vermillion, S.D.
Complete Results: Summit League Championship
VERMILLION, S.D. – With outstanding performances all around, including a pair of individual honors and two championship records, the Oral Roberts track and field teams had plenty to smile about Saturday as the 2016 Summit League Championship came to an end. After the event, D'Khari Hicks and Tamaira Williams were named as the Men's and Women's Track Championship MVPs.
News & Notes
- The Track Athlete of the Year last year, Hicks became the ORU male to win a championship MVP honor, which debuted in 2010, while Williams became the first female to earn the honor since Kristen Radcliff did so in 2012.
- The men's 4x100m relay team ran 40.49, their second fastest time of the year, and set a new championship record in the process. The time broke the old mark of 40.64, which was set by ORU in 1999.
- After cruising to a win in the preliminaries, Madison Reynolds turned on the afterburners in the finals and ran 53.68 to win easily, setting a new championship record in the process.
- ORU won nine different events, including six individual events and three relays.
Women's Top Finishers
1st – Tamaira Williams – 11.50
6th – Kirsten Burnette – 11.97**
1st – Tamaira Williams – 23.90
4th – Madison Reynolds – 24.21
1st – Madison Reynolds – 53.68
6th – Omega Reese – 2:15.14
6th – Tiffany Richeson – 14.59
5th – Cameron Hilliard, Omega Reese, Destanie Thomas, Madison Reynolds – 3:52.71
3rd – Kirsten Burnett – 12.55m (41-2.25)**
1st – D'Khari Hicks – 46.81
2nd – Omeiza Akerele – 47.19
5th – Reinhard Ndlovu – 48.39
1st – Michael Burns, D'Khari Hicks, Joseph Reis-Herron, Omeiza Akerele – 40.49
1st – Kenneth James, Omeiza Akerele, D'Khari Hicks, Reinhard Ndlovu – 3:13.91
Summit League Awards
Newcomer of the Championship: Joe Reagan, South Dakota
Coach of the Year: Don Larson, North Dakota State
Field Championship MVP: Brandt Berghuis, North Dakota State
Track Championship MVP: D'Khari Hicks, Oral Roberts
Newcomer of the Championship: Shelby Gunnells, North Dakota State
Coach of the Year: Stevie Keller, North Dakota State
Field Championship MVP: Katelyn Weimerskirch, North Dakota State
Track Championship MVP: Tamaira Williams, Oral Roberts
1 – North Dakota State – 266
2 – South Dakota – 196
3 – South Dakota State – 169.50
4 – ORU – 109.50
5 – IUPUI – 38
6 – Western Illinois – 23
1 – North Dakota State – 311
2 – South Dakota – 213.50
3 – South Dakota State – 138.50
4 – ORU – 74
5 – Omaha – 32
6 – Western Illinois – 28
7 – IUPUI – 14
8 – IPFW - 7
Those who qualify will compete at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds at the University of Kansas.
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