ORU wins three at AFA Collegiate Open; Estala sets SLC top mark

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The Oral Roberts University track and field teams had a quality showing on Saturday at the Air Force Academy Collegiate Open by bringing home three gold’s, a top collegiate finisher and a Southland Conference top performance.

Highlighting the list of winners was sophomore sprinter Madison Reynolds. The Oklahoma City, Okla., native was victorious in the 400-meter dash for the fourth time in as many opportunities this season, crossing the line with a time of 54.96, nearly three seconds faster than her nearest competitor.

Reynolds’ performance is the second fastest time this season in the Southland Conference, second only to her time at the Mark Colligan Memorial in Lincoln, Neb., on January 25.

Senior Erin Roberson took home the gold in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.55. However, with the time adjusted for altitude, Roberson’s time was reported as 2:17.93. She also teamed up with Olivia Terry, Maisha Mitchell and Kirsten Burnett for a second place finish in the 1 mile relay with a time of 4:07.19.

Lauren McFarland finished the meet with the second best mark in the women’s pole at 3.85 meters, but it was the best mark by a collegian. It was also the second best performance this season in the Southland.

Tamaira Williams had a couple of solid performances on Saturday as she finished fourth in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash with times of 7.65 and 25.16 seconds, respectively.

Despite a fourth place finish at the meet on Saturday, Justin Estala set a Southland best performance in the men’s pole vault with a mark of 5.37 meters. Estala improved his personal best on each of his final four heights.

Freshman sprinter Tinashe Mutanga highlighted the men’s performances in the 200-meter dash, finishing second at 21.42 seconds, his personal collegiate best. He also recorded a personal record time in the 60-meter dash prelims with a time of 6.83 seconds.

The 1 mile relay team of John Bradford, D’Khari Hicks, Bennett Harris and Blayne Hisquierdo finished in the second place with a time of 3:20.59. Harris also place third in the 800-meter run as he crossed the finish line at the 1:55.36 mark (1:54.02 adjusted time), fifth best performance in the Southland this season.

Tim Jones returned to form in the meet as he finished second in the triple jump at a distance of 14.94 meters, a new indoor personal best for Jones.

The ORU track and field teams will have next weekend off before heading all the way to Birmingham, Ala., for the 2014 Indoor Southland Conference Championships on February 26-27.






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