2016-17 ORU Track & Field News

  • Six Golden Eagles Earn All-League Honors
    May 18, 2017
    With the conclusion of the 2017 Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the league has announced its All-League Teams based on the student-athletes' performances at the championships. A combined 105 student-athletes, 54 men and 51 women, were named to the two teams and honored for finishing in the top three of each event at the championships.
  • ORU Qualifies Four for NCAA Preliminary Meet
    May 18, 2017
    The Oral Roberts track and field teams will send four student-athletes to the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in Austin, Texas, it was announced Thursday. ORU will be represented in the men’s triple jump (Jaden Purnell), men’s 200m dash (D’Khari Hicks, Omeiza Akerele), men’s 400m dash (Akerele) and women’s long jump (Mercy Abire).
  • ORU Takes Down Another Record on Final Day of Summit League Championship
    May 13, 2017
    The men’s 4x400m relay team set the second meet record in as many days on Saturday as the Oral Roberts track and field teams finished action at the 2017 Summit League Championships.
  • ORU Begins Competition at Summit League Championship
    May 11, 2017
    The 2017 Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championship began Thursday with a total of nine events, four of which featured members of the Oral Roberts track and field teams.
  • Hicks Sets 200m Record on Day Two of Summit League Championship
    May 11, 2017
    Despite windy conditions in Fargo, the Oral Roberts track and field teams put together a number of season best performances Friday, setting up a big final day at the 2017 Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
  • Akerele Claims Championship at Rock Chalk Classic
    April 28, 2017
    Omeiza Akerele won the 400m dash and the Oral Roberts University 4x100m relay team was 0.01 seconds away from another championship Friday as the Golden Eagles competed in the Rock Chalk Classic. The meet, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, was moved to Friday to avoid predicted rain in the area.
  • Quality Recruiting Class adds to Excitement for ORU Track & Field
    April 25, 2017
    There are plenty of reasons for optimism around the ORU track & field program right now. The ONEOK Sports Complex is nearing completion, including the University’s first ever on-campus track, the return of a number of the top athletes, who redshirted this season in order to finish their careers on said track, and a quality recruiting class 15-people strong and counting have things looking up.
  • Abire Soars at John Jacobs Invitational
    April 22, 2017
    As the outdoor season starts to wind down, the Oral Roberts University track and field teams battled solid competition, as well as cold and wet conditions Saturday at the John Jacobs Invitational, hosted by University of Oklahoma.
  • ORU Track and Field Adds to April Signing Class
    April 19, 2017
    Including a pair of athletes who are ranked in the top 10 nationally, Oral Roberts track and field head coach Joe Dial has announced seven additions to the program, all of whom signed during the April signing period.
  • Stadium Record Highlights ORU Action in Kansas
    April 15, 2017
    The Oral Roberts track and field team swept the men’s relays and set a stadium record in the process as the Golden Eagles competed at the 9th Annual David Suenram Gorilla Classic Saturday.
  • Lee's Steeplechase Victory Leads ORU at Baylor Invitational
    April 08, 2017
    The Oral Roberts track and field teams put together 11 top-10 finishes and a number of career bests on Saturday as the Golden Eagles traveled to the Baylor Invitational at the Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium.
  • Purnell Leads Golden Eagles at ACU Wes Kittley Invitational
    March 25, 2017
    Jaden Purnell posted the top collegiate mark in the triple jump and Oral Roberts student-athletes were among the top five collegians in eight individual events and two relays Saturday at the ACU Wes Kittley Invitational, hosted by Abilene Christian.
  • Golden Eagles Shine to Start Outdoor Season at Tulsa Duels
    March 18, 2017
    The Oral Roberts track and field teams won three events, and had the top collegiate mark in two others Saturday as the outdoor track and field season began at the Tulsa Duels.
  • Estala Named to Summit League Academic All-League Team
    March 15, 2017
    ELMHURST, Ill. – With the conclusion of the 2017 Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships, the League has announced its Academic All-League Teams as voted on by the institution's faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors. A total of 21 student-athletes, 10 men and 11 women, were named to the team and honored for their combined athletic and academic performances this season.
  • Dial Selected for National High School Hall of Fame
    March 02, 2017
    Former Marlow, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State standout, and current Oral Roberts Head Track & Field Coach Joe Dial has been selected for the National High School Hall of Fame. Dial becomes the seventh athlete from the state of Oklahoma inducted, and the first track and field athlete from the state to earn the distinction.
  • ORU Represented by Nine as League Announces #SummitITF All-League Teams
    March 01, 2017
    ELMHURST, Ill. – With the conclusion of the 2017 Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships, the league has announced its Indoor Track and Field All-League Teams based on the student-athletes' performances at the championships. A combined 99 student-athletes, 50 men and 49 women, were named to the two teams and honored for finishing in the top three of each event at the championships with Oral Roberts landing five men and four women.
  • Golden Eagles Take Four Event Titles at Summit League Indoor Championships
    February 25, 2017
    With four event championships and a meet record to their credit, the Oral Roberts indoor track and field teams both took fourth place overall the Summit League Indoor Championships in Brookings, S.D., at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex. The ORU women scored 46 points with the ORU men tallying 88.
  • Top 5 Finishes Highlight Day One of Summit League Indoor Championships
    February 24, 2017
    The Oral Roberts indoor track and field teams started action at the Summit League Indoor Championships Friday, earning multiple top performances in the events completed on day one. The meet is being hosted by South Dakota State inside the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, S.D.
  • ORU’s Richeson, WIU’s Adams and NDSU’s Otterdahl Named #SummitITF Athletes of the Week
    February 21, 2017
    ELMHURST, ILL. – Western Illinois’ Malachi Adams and North Dakota State’s Payton Otterdahl were named The Summit League Men’s Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week, while Oral Roberts’ Tiffany Richeson earned Women’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week award for their performances during the week of Feb. 14-20.
  • Richeson, Abire Highlight ORU Track and Field at Arkansas Qualifier
    February 17, 2017
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In its final meet before conference, the Oral Roberts track and field teams competed at the Arkansas Qualifier at the Randal Tyson Track Center Friday.
  • Abire and Golden Eagles Make Strides at Tyson Invitational
    February 11, 2017
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Oral Roberts track and field competed at one of the elite indoor track and field meets in the country over the weekend at the Tyson Invitational hosted by the University of Arkansas inside the Randal Tyson Track Complex.
  • Pole Vaulters Pace ORU Track and Field at 2nd Annual Gorilla Classic
    February 11, 2017
    PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Oral Roberts men's and women's track and field teams capped a busy weekend appearing at the 2nd Annual Gorilla Classic hosted by Pittsburg State at the Robert W. Plaster Center.
  • ORU Track and Field Take Three Event Titles at Herm Wilson Invitational
    February 04, 2017
    WICHITA, Kan. – The Oral Roberts men's and women's track and field teams placed highly across multiple events at Wichita State’s Herm Wilson Invitational inside the Heskett Center Friday and Saturday.
  • ORU Track and Field Sets Personal Bests at Pittsburg State Invitational
    January 28, 2017
    PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Oral Roberts men's and women's track and field teams posted multiple top-five performances Saturday at the Pittsburg State Invitational inside the Robert W. Plaster Center.
  • ORU’s Abire and USD’s Nilsen Named #SummitITF Athletes of the Week
    January 24, 2017
    ELMHURST, Ill. – Oral Roberts’ Mercy Abire earned Women’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week award, while South Dakota’s Chris Nilsen was named The Summit League Men’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for their performances Jan. 17-23.
  • Golden Eagles Take Home Trio of Event Titles at Air Force Invitational
    January 20, 2017
    USAF ACADEMY, Colo. – The Oral Roberts indoor track and field team continued its 2017 season with many top performances and three event titles at the Air Force Invitational Friday and Saturday inside the Cadet Field House.
  • Impressive Performances for ORU Track and Field at Arkansas Invitational
    January 13, 2017
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Oral Roberts men's and women's track and field teams posted numerous nationally-ranked performances Friday at the Arkansas Invitational inside one of the nation's premier venues, the Randal Tyson Track Center.
  • ORU’s Nelson, Reese Sweep #SummitITF Weekly Awards
    January 10, 2017
    ELMHURST, Ill. – Oral Roberts’ Israel Nelson was named Summit League Men’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week while Omega Reese earned Women’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week award for their performances during the week of Jan. 3-9.
  • Golden Eagles Claim Pair of Event Titles at Bill Easton Classic
    January 06, 2017
    LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Oral Roberts indoor track and field team competed for the first time in 2017 turning in several top performances and two event titles at the Bill Easton Classic inside the Anschutz Sports Pavilion hosted by the University of Kansas.
  • ORU Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Class
    January 05, 2017
    The Oral Roberts University Athletic Department has announced its 2017 Hall of Fame Class, which will be honored at halftime of the ORU men’s basketball game against IUPUI January 14, which will tip off at 3 p.m. Former ORU student-athletes Charleton Dechert (men’s golf), Faithy Kamangila (women’s track/cross country), Sam McCants (men’s basketball) and Tyler Saladino (baseball) make up the 2017 class of inductees.
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