The 2017-18 track season is in full swing, and ORU has just completed its events for the Summit League Championship, hosted by North Dakota State in Fargo, North Dakota. Stars have risen and fallen throughout this meet and the length of a shoelace often determines glory, a lace that most would say was worn by the Golden Eagles.
Both track teams combined for seven individual titles. Aneikeme Etim broke two more Summit League records in both the 60-meter and the 200-meter dash. Her speed clocked in at a whopping 7.35 second 60-meter and a killer 23.93 second 200-meter.
The dynamic duo of Omeiza Akerele and Emmanuel Mwewa acted as a one-two punch as they flip-flopped first and second in both the 200-meter and 400. Akerele finished with a 21.41 in his claim to the title (200-meter dash) and Mwewa finished with a 48.25 in the 400.
Not to mention the two only finished milliseconds behind one another, the ORU track team was on fire. As for the long jump and triple jump, ORU once again laid claim to their respective titles, as Jaden Purnell took first place with a 7.51 meter long jump and second in the triple jump, landing a 15.35 meter. In the women’s championship, Mercy Abire took second in both the long and triple jumps as she anchored a 5.90 meter and a 12.64 meter in her two jumping events.
Furthermore, Sethren Wells out of Nassau, Bahamas, also contributed to the record breaking as she managed to achieve an 8.55 seconds 60-meter hurdle, cementing her name within the ORU record books. Israel Nelson placed first in the 60-meter hurdle, punching in a blazing 7.98 seconds, making him the only runner to break eight seconds in this year’s Summit League Championship. Staying at the 60-meter event, Raymond Ekevowo and Aobakwe Malau both finished top three in a competitive heat, one that had Ekevowo finishing first with a 6.79 seconds, a time that was only .09 seconds behind the Summit League record which is currently held by Virgil Maddox, an ORU alum. All of this was capped off by another title win in the men’s 4X400 medley, led by senior Akerele as he caps his final season as a Golden Eagle strong.
The action for ORU track and field is far from over,.Men and women alike return to the turf to several varying invitationals through the spring season. Their next and final indoor competition takes place in Aggieland at the NCAA Championship on Friday, March 9. They will continue outside on Friday, March 16, at the Tulsa Duels hosted by the University of Tulsa.