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Abire Qualifies for National Championship on Day One of NCAA West Preliminary

Abire Qualifies for National Championship on Day One of NCAA West Preliminary

The Basics
Event: NCAA West Preliminary Round
Location: Hornet Stadium / Sacramento, Calif.
Complete Results: Women's 100m Dash Results, Men's Long Jump, Women's Long Jump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – She entered the meet with the fifth best jump of the year in the west region, and sophomore Mercy Abire solidified herself as one of the best in the nation finishing fourth in the women's long jump to punch her ticket to Eugene, Oregon, for the NCAA National Championship. Abire's success highlighted day one of the NCAA West Preliminary in which Oral Roberts had four student-athletes compete.

News and Notes
- With Abire's qualification, ORU's continued its streak of having at least one student-athlete qualify for the NCAA Championships every year since 1996.

- After putting out a solid mark of 6.04m (19-9.75) to get inside the top 10 on her first attempt, Abire went for it all on her second attempt with a mark of 6.21m (20-4.5), which put her in third at the time.

- Jaden Purnell had his best jump on his first run of the day, getting out 7.10m (23-3.5) on his first jump. He fouled on his second attempt and posted a mark of 6.88m (22-7) on his third and final attempt of the day.

- Aniekeme Etim ran 11.79 in the 100m dash, missing a qualifying spot by 0.19 seconds.

- Amaya Christon also had her best jump on her second attempt, getting out 5.75m (18-10.5) to finish 13th out of the first two flights.

Full Results
Women's 100m Dash

36 – Aniekeme Etim – 11.79

Men's Long Jump
39 – Jaden Purnell – 7.10m (23-3.5)

Women's Long Jump
4 – Mercy Abire – 6.21m (20-4.5)
33 – Amaya Christon – 5.75m (18-10.5)

Up Next
Action will continue from the NCAA West Preliminary on Friday as Israel Nelson (110m Hurdles), Sasha Wells (100m Hurdles) and Etim (200m Dash) compete. Live results can be found at NCAA.com.

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