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Pole Vaulters Propel ORU Track and Field at Pitt State Invitational

Pole Vaulters Propel ORU Track and Field at Pitt State Invitational

The Basics

Event: Pittsburg State Invitational hosted by Pittsburg State University

Location: Pittsburg, Kan. / Robert W. Plaster Center

Complete Results


PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Oral Roberts track and field team picked up a pair of event titles in the pole vault Saturday at the Pittsburg State Invitational at the Robert W. Plaster Center.


The Golden Eagles' pole vaulters were at the top of their game Saturday getting event wins for both the men and women. Matt Owen claimed the top spot in the invitational division for the men, while Brittany McDonald led the charge for the women in the open division.


ORU flexed its muscles in the women's 200 meter dash placing three runners in the top seven led by Kayvon Stubbs. The freshman turned in a fourth-place effort as she shattered her personal best time running 24.72, moving into the top five on The Summit League performance list. Cameron Hilliard finished sixth and Sasha Smith-Pollard placed seventh for the sprinters at 200 meters.


News & Notes
- Joining Owen and McDonald with great finishes in the pole vault were Tiffany Estala and Tommy Dial. In the invitational division, Estala posted a second-place result behind a season high and Dial placed eighth.


- Hilliard also tallied a top time in the 60 meter dash as the senior advanced from qualifying into the preliminary round and eventually raced her way to sixth in the finals. Her prelim time of 7.65 seconds was a career best and the second fastest in The Summit League this season.


- Israel Nelson and Sasha Wells ran season-best times for ORU in the 60 meter hurdles as each runner placed in the top three Saturday. Nelson remains the conference's leader and Wells moved into second on the league's performance list.


- Omega Reese ran a season best in the 800 meter run, seeded section, and crossed the finish line in third. Madolyn Palodichuk placed sixth in the unseeded section running the race for the first time in her career and moved into the league's top 15 times of the indoor season.

Women's Top-Eight Finishers
One Mile Run - Unseeded
7th – Jessica Romero – 5:18.45


Pole Vault Open
1st – Brittany McDonald – 3.68m (12-0.75)


Pole Vault Invitational
2nd – Tiffany Estala – 3.98m (13-0.75)


60 Meter Dash
6th – Cameron Hilliard – 7.74 (qualifying) / 7.65 (prelims) / 7.72 (finals)


60 Meter Hurdles
3rd – Sasha Wells – 8.86 (prelims) / 8.71 (finals)


800 Meter Run – Seeded
3rd – Omega Reese – 2:14.91


800 Meter Run – Unseeded
6th – Madolyn Palodichuk – 2:22.72


200 Meter Dash
4th – Kayvon Stubbs – 24.72

6th – Cameron Hilliard – 24.94

7th – Sasha Smith-Pollard – 25.07


Men's Top-Eight Finishers
Triple Jump
3rd – Jaden Purnell – 14.91m (48-11.0)


Pole Vault Invitational
1st – Matt Owen – 5.03m (16-6.0)

8th – Tommy Dial – 4.73m (15-6.25)


60 Meter Hurdles
2nd – Israel Nelson – 7.94 (prelims) / 8.00 (finals)

*Fastest preliminary time and best in Summit League*


400 Meter Dash
3rd – Emmanuel Mwewa – 47.67

7th – Omeiza Akerele – 48.11


800 Meter Run
4th – Bryce Choate – 1:54.41


200 Meter Dash
8th – Aobakwe Malau – 21.79


4x400 Meter Relay
4th – Aobakwe Malau, Bryce Choate, Victor Peka, Israel Nelson – 3:16.04


Up Next
The Golden Eagles are back on the road to Lubbock, Texas, for their next indoor competition at the Texas Tech Open Feb. 2-3.


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