2016-17 ORU Track & Field News

  • 2016-17 #TopORUMoments; #2-Purnell Jumps to All-America Status
    July 26, 2017
    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.
  • 2017 Region Coach of the Year Joins ORU Track & Field Staff
    July 18, 2017
    A veteran coach with more than seven years as a head coach, Justin Herbert has been added to the Oral Roberts track and field staff, it was announced by Head Coach Joe Dial on Tuesday.
  • 2016-17 #TopORUMoments; #7 - 4x400m Relay Team Breaks Summit League Record
    July 14, 2017
    The Summit League 4x400m championship record stood for more than 10 years, but it would be bested in 2017 as the Oral Roberts relay team smashed the old record by nearly four full seconds on February 25, 2017.
  • ORU Adds Former All-American Bobby Carter to Track & Field Staff
    July 08, 2017
    Oral Roberts Head Track and Field Coach Joe Dial has announced the hiring of former Nebraska standout Bobby Carter to his staff. Carter will work with the jumpers and hurdlers, and will assist Dial with the sprinters.
  • 2016-17 #TopORUMoments; #11 - Dial Inducted to National HS Hall of Fame
    July 05, 2017
    Oral Roberts’ head track and field coach for the past 24 years, Joe Dial was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame this year. He is the seventh athlete from Oklahoma, and the first from track and field, to earn the honor.
  • Purnell Named USTFCCCA All-American
    June 19, 2017
    After a breakthrough sophomore season that included a run to the NCAA National Championship meet, triple jumper Jaden Purnell has picked up USTFCCCA Honorable Mention All-America honors, it was announced by the organization.
  • Purnell Takes 19th in Triple Jump at NCAA Championships
    June 09, 2017
    Jaden Purnell lived on the edge throughout the postseason as the Oral Roberts sophomore claimed one of the final spots in the west preliminary meet and the very last qualifying spot in the NCAA Championship. Purnell made the most of his opportunity Friday moving up to finish 19th in the nation in the triple jump with a mark of 15.50m (50-10.24).
  • Purnell Punches Ticket to Eugene
    May 27, 2017
    With three personal bests in as many attempts, sophomore Jaden Purnell punched his ticket to the NCAA National Championships, Saturday at the NCAA West Preliminary Meet. Purnell’s bid means that ORU has had either an indoor or outdoor NCAA National Championship qualifier every year since 1997.
  • Akerele and Hicks Each Finish Top 30 in 200m Dash at West Preliminary
    May 26, 2017
    Oral Roberts track and field continued action at the NCAA West Preliminary, Friday, as Omeiza Akerele and D’Khari Hicks each finished inside the top 30 in the 200m dash at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
  • Akerele, Abire Start ORU Competition at the NCAA Preliminary Rounds
    May 25, 2017
    A pair of Golden Eagles competed Thursday as the Oral Roberts track and field teams began action at the NCAA West Preliminary Meet, hosted by the University of Texas.
  • 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.
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