Track & Field Coach Joe Dial has enjoyed tremendous success throughout two decades, producing 22 All-American’s and three Olympians during his time at ORU.
“This year we’re working towards the same goal. We want to win a conference championship and get these kids to nationals,” said Dial.
The team is considerably younger than in previous seasons, but ORU has had multiple athletes consistently place in the top-five of each event despite their youth. The Golden Eagles placed fourth overall at the Bob Timmons Challenge in December including four individual event victories. The men’s and women’s teams swept the 400m dash events.
“We have a really young team,” said Dial. “They are so talented, but so young at the same time. It’s good for the future of the program.”
ORU continued dominating in the Bill Easton Classic as seven Golden Eagles had top-five finishes.
Junior Madison Reynolds has emerged as a team leader winning seven of her last eight 400-meter races.
Reynolds was an All-American last season, but she is determined to build on her success. She continues to push herself mentally and physically.
“Madison is just wonderful,” said Dial. “She has a great work ethic, she’s a leader and she works so hard.”
Although she gives most of the credit to her team, Reynolds has made a name for herself by continually dominating her competition.
“I’m am blessed to be a leader, but I’m only as good as my team,” said Reynolds.
As her team continues to succeed, Reynolds has already collected two Summit League player of the week awards and headlines most of her races.
“I just work hard on my form, my stance and in the weight room; sometimes even by myself,” said Reynolds. “My goals are to keep myself in the top 16 and be a first-team All-American.”
ORU will participate in a multi-day event this weekend as they travel to the MSSU Lion Open in Joplin, Missouri.