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ORU Track Welcomes Seven in Early Signing Period

ORU Track Welcomes Seven in Early Signing Period

TULSA, Okla. – Oral Roberts track and field head coach Joe Dial announced the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent in one of the program's largest early signing classes. Three of the seven come with high-level international running experience with the other four coming from the prep ranks.

The men have Emmanuel Mwewa (Lusaka, Zambia), Christian Patterson (Shawnee, Oklahoma) and Victor Peka (Ogidi, Nigeria) ready to begin their time with the Golden Eagles, while Anie Alphonsus (Ikot Ekpene, Nigeria), Alyssa Solberg (Tulsa, Oklahoma), Aliyah Trotter (Arlington, Texas) and Heather Ward (Owasso, Oklahoma) will join the women's team for 2017-18.

Emmanuel Mwewa | 5-11 | 185 | Sprints | Lusaka, Zambia // Butler Community College

  • Placed 23rd at the 2016 NJCAA Outdoor National Championships in the 400 meters and ran to 12th place in the 600 meters at 2015 and 2016 NJCAA Indoor National Championships earning All-America honors
  • Won at the Zambian nationals and holds the national record in the 4x400 relay (3:07.43)
  • His uncle, Prince Mumba, was an All-American for the Golden Eagles and Olympian for Zambia
  • Chose ORU because it's a good school and suits my values as a student-athlete
 Christian Patterson | 6-0 | 160 | Pole Vault | Shawnee, Okla. // Shawnee High School
  • Broke the Shawnee High School pole vault record jumping 16 feet
  • Won the pole vault at the 2016 Oklahoma Track Coaches Association Meet of Champions
  • Helped the Wolves to 2015 and 2016 regional track and field titles
  • Chose ORU for the huge track program
 Victor Peka | 5-11 | 185 | Sprints | Ogidi, Nigeria // University of Nigeria Ilorin
  • Won a gold medal in the 4x100 relay at the 2016 Africa Junior Athletics Championships in a time of 39.99 seconds
  • Named Best Male Athlete in the senior secondary school category
  • Broke the school's 100 meters record in 10.44 seconds (hand timed)
  • Chose ORU for its achievements in academics and sports and will enroll in the spring of 2017
 Anie Alphonsus | 5-3 | Sprints | Ikot Ekpene, Nigeria // Chuks Comprehensive College
  • Picked up a silver medal in the 100 meters at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa
  • Ran to a gold medal in the 4x100 relay, a silver medal in the 100 meters and a bronze in the 200 meters for Team Nigeria at the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships
  • Posted a personal-best time of 11.34 seconds in the 100 meters in 2016
  • Chose ORU to carry it to the highest position in sport and aspire to the world class level
 Alyssa Solberg | 5-8 | Mid-Distance | Tulsa, Okla. // Lincoln Christian School
  • Holds the Oklahoma Class 4A state meet record in the 800 meters (2:14.02)
  • Won the 2015 Oklahoma Class 4A State Cross Country Championship and twice finished as runner up (2014, 2016) helping the Bulldogs to a team title as a senior in 2016
  • Individual state champion in 800 meters and 4x400 relay at LCS
  • Chose ORU for the environment, people, and school that was a great fit
 Aliyah Trotter | 5-1 | Sprints | Arlington, Texas // Grace Prep Academy
  • A two-time Texas state champion in the 100 meters (2015, 2016) and won another state title in the 200 meters (2016)
  • Named all-state twice in her prep career and twice selected as team MVP for the Lions
  • Placed second in the 100 meters at the 2016 Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Summer Games
  • Chose ORU because it has great academics and is spiritually enriching
 Heather Ward | 5-4 | Pole Vault | Owasso, Okla. // Owasso High School
  • 2016 Oklahoma All-Classes State Champion in the pole vault
  • Owns school record of 11'3" in the pole vault at Owasso High School
  • Won the Oklahoma Meet of Champions
  • Chose ORU for its atmosphere and coaching

The Golden Eagles begin the indoor track and field season Friday, Dec. 2 at the Bob Timmons Challenge in Lawrence, Kansas.

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