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Purnell's Record-Breaking Leap Highlights J.D. Martin Invite

Purnell's Record-Breaking Leap Highlights J.D. Martin Invite

The Basics
Event: J.D. Martin Invitational / Hosted by Oklahoma
Location: Mosier Indoor Facility / Norman, Okla.
Complete Results

NORMAN, Okla. – On his sixth and final leap in the triple jump, Jaden Purnell shattered his Oral Roberts record Saturday for the track and field team during the J.D. Martin Invitational hosted by the University of Oklahoma.

Inside the Mosier Indoor Facility, the ORU senior posted a mark of 15.79 meters to break his previous record of 15.63 meters, a better leap by more than six inches. The Golden Eagles added four more event titles with two coming from each the men's and women's teams.

News and Notes
-Purnell has now won the triple jump in all four meets in which he has competed this season and added a second-place result in the long jump earlier in the day.

-Sasha Wells continued her dominance in the 60 meter hurdles as the sophomore ran The Summit League's top time at 8.55 seconds in both the prelims and finals to claim the top spot Saturday. It was her third time winning the event in four meets this year and matched her school record time in the process.

-Brad Dormeus paced three Golden Eagles in the 400 meter dash as the freshman sprinted to a victory in 48.58 seconds, a personal best. Cameron Neely was close behind in third and Zadziso Kamhara finished eighth.

-Freshman Alexa Granderson won the first individual race of her career setting a personal best in the 800 meter run covering the track in 2:17.73. Madolyn Palodichuk and Serah Timbwol also placed in the top eight for the women, while Bryce Choate won the same race on the men's side for the second time during this indoor campaign.

Men's Top-Eight Finishers
Triple Jump
1 – Jaden Purnell – 15.79m (51-9.75)
5 Joshua Tabla 14.08m (46-2.5)

Long Jump
2 – Jaden Purnell – 7.19m (23-7.25)

Pole Vault
2 – Matt Owen – 4.85m (15-11.0)

400m Dash
1 – Brad Dormeus – 48.58
3 – Cameron Neely – 49.49
8 – Zadziso Kamhara – 52.08

800m Run
1 – Bryce Choate – 1:56.23
6 – Joseph Jurkovich – 2:12.58

200m Dash
8 – Colby Adams – 23.00

4x400m Relay
5 – Bryce Choate, Zadziso Kamhara, Matthew Robbins, Tyler Arrington – 3:31.97

Women's Top-Eight Finishers
60m Hurdles

1 – Sasha Wells – 8.55 finals (8.55 in prelims/1st)
4 – Gabrielle Gibson – 8.74 finals (8.70 in prelims/3rd)

800m Run
1 – Alexa Granderson – 2:17.73
5 – Madolyn Palodichuk – 2:29.42
6 – Serah Timbwol – 2:32.01

3,000m Run
3 – Jessica Romero – 11:13.04
6 – Hope Ngo – 12:06.35

Up Next
The Golden Eagles turn their attention to next week's 4th Annual Indoor Gorilla Classic hosted by Pittsburg State. ORU will compete Feb. 8-9 inside the Robert W. Plaster Center.

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