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.
Women's 100m Dash
36 – Aniekeme Etim – 11.79
Men's Long Jump
39 – Jaden Purnell – 7.10m (23-3.5)
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