ORU’s Madison Reynolds stands undefeated in the 400-meter sprint this indoor track and field season. Reynolds also holds the fastest 400-meter time posted in the Southland Conference. Her time of 54.52 is 0.97 seconds faster than anyone else’s best time.
“[It’s] pushing myself at every practice, putting 110 percent in, saying I might be good right now but I can be better,” said Reynolds.
Reynolds believes that her hard work and desire to run contribute to her success.
“I just love the sport in general, and being an athlete,” Reynolds said. “I’m competitive as well. I just want to be the best that I can be.”
Reynolds’ smallest margin of victory is almost a full second. Her current time is good enough to have won the Southland Indoor Championship last year.
Reynolds is an environmental sustainability major at ORU, but she has Olympic aspirations first.
“The degree is first and foremost but if God blesses me to be able to try out for the Olympic team in 2016, there is a good chance I will,” said Reynolds.
Reynolds isn’t the only ORU athlete to have success this season. Multiple members of the team have a chance at qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
“[It’s been] good, especially after the Air Force [meet],” Head Track Coach Joe Dial said. “As a whole team, we had an absolutely great meet.”
Dial hopes to see the excellence continue to finish out the indoor season.
“The goal for every kid is to do [his or her] personal best ,and if they do their personal best, then that is really all we can ask from them,” said Dial.
Justin Estala stands atop of the Southland Conference in the men’s pole vault and is currently the only member of the team to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Tim Jones placed first in the triple jump twice this indoor season and hasn’t finished lower than fifth. Jones also holds this season’s third highest triple jump total in the Southland Conference.
Lauren McFarland holds second place in the Southland Conference women’s pole vault.
Tinashe Mutanga has one first place finish in the men’s 200-meter sprint and Erin Roberson has a first in the women’s 800-meter sprint twice this season.
The indoor season will conclude with the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday, Feb. 26 and Thursday, Feb. 27 in Birmingham, Ala.