TULSA, Okla. – Not only did sophomore Jaden Purnell put together a remarkable postseason run to earn himself All-America honors, he kept alive a pair of impressive program streaks as well after a 19th place finish at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Purnell was ORU's leader in both the long jump and triple jump events this year, and used a season-best 15.80m (51-10) mark in the NCAA West Preliminary Meet to finish 12th overall and earn the last qualifying spot in the NCAA Championships. With his qualification, Purnell continued ORU's streak of having at least one student-athlete qualify for the NCAA Championships every year since 1996.
Purnell also kept ORU track's streak of All-Americans alive, a streak that dates back to the 2002 season. During that span of 15 years, ORU has had a total of 42 indoor and outdoor All-Americans.
During the regular season, Purnell was the Summit League indoor triple jump champion and had four event championships and 16 top five finishes this season.
This is the 14th of 15 editions of the #TopORUMoments from 2016-17 as selected by the ORU Media Relations Department and a social media poll.
Top Moments from 2016-17
#15 – MBB – Nzekwesi Named Top Summit League Freshman
#14 – MSOC – Golden Eagles Earn Votes in National Poll
#13 – WBB – ORU Wins Third Straight PSO Mayor's Cup Game
#12 – BSB – ORU Tops 11th-Ranked Sooners
#11 – TRACK – Dial Inducted to Hall of Fame
#10 – VB – Milos Leads Nation in Aces per Set
#9 – WSOC – ORU Unbeaten in Final Seven Matches
#8 – BSB – ORU Sweeps Summit League Championships
#7 – TRACK – Relay Team Smashes Summit League Record
#6 - MGOLF - Burrows Named Golfer of the Year
#5 - WBB - ORU Tops Ranked Sooner Squad
#4 – ORU Has Four SC Top 10 Plays
#3 - BSB - Whatley Earns Johnny Bench Award
#2 - TRACK - Purnell Jumps to All-American Honors
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