Event: Texas Tech Open hosted by Texas Tech University
Location: Lubbock, Texas / Sports Performance Center
LUBBOCK, Texas – It was an impressive weekend for the Oral Roberts track and field team at the Texas Tech Open Friday and Saturday at the Sports Performance Center.
The Golden Eagles picked up an event title in the women's mile run right away Saturday as senior Omega Reese flew around the track in a personal-best time that shattered her previous top time by 16 seconds.
Aniekeme Etim continued to enjoy sprinting at the Sports Performance Center as she matched her school-record time Friday in the finals of the 60 meter dash. The freshman ran a 7.48 in the preliminary round and followed that with a 7.37-second effort in the finals to place second in a stacked field featuring returning All-Americans. She remains The Summit League leader in the event as well as the 200 meters.
The men's 4x400 relay team posted one of the fastest times in school history on the way to a third-place finish in the final event of the meet. The time of 3:09.26 is six seconds faster than any other relay team in The Summit League this season and is the 24th best in the nation.
News & Notes
- Jaden Purnell extended his upward trend as the junior placed fifth in both the long jump and triple jump. The Silver Spring, Maryland, native leaped past his all-time best in the long jump by seven inches and matched his season best in the triple jump.
- Jessica Romero added another top performance for the women's distance crew as the sophomore placed fifth in the 3,000 meters competing in the race for the first time this season.
- Three pole vaulters for the Golden Eagle women turned in season-best efforts Friday night and all four competitors finished inside the top eight in their flight. On the men's side, Tommy Dial cleared a season high to place sixth.
Women's Top-Eight Finishers
1st – Omega Reese – 5:12.45
60 Meter Dash
2nd – Aniekeme Etim – 7.48 (prelims) / 7.37 (finals)
200 Meter Dash
4th – Aniekeme Etim – 24.03
3,000 Meter Run
5th – Jessica Romero – 10:56.31
Men's Top-Eight Finishers
5th – Jaden Purnell – 7.25m (23-9.5)
5th – Jaden Purnell – 15.09m (49-6.25)
60 Meter Hurdles
3rd – Israel Nelson – 8.04 (prelims) / 7.99 (finals)
Pole Vault – Flight 1
6th – Tommy Dial – 4.99m (16-4.5)
Pole Vault – Flight 2
3rd – Christian Patterson – 4.69m (15-4.5)
ORU heads back to Pittsburg State Feb. 9-10 competing in the 3rd Annual Indoor Gorilla Classic for its final tune-up before the conference indoor championship.
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