Smith Breaks 27-Year Old Record at Nebraska Invitational

Lincoln, Nebraska- Despite inclement weather conditions on Saturday afternoon at the Nebraska Invitational, Oral Roberts University track and field athlete Shaun Smith put on an amazing performance in the 800 meter run, breaking an Ed Weir Outdoor Track record that has stood since 1979.Overall, twelve ORU athletes finished in the top three of their respective events.

Smith ran a record-breaking time of 1:46.36 in the 800 meter run, edging out All-American teammate Prince Mumba for the first place finish. Both Smith and Mumba\'s time of 1:47.02 were regionally qualifying times.

In the 400 meter dash, ORU again finished one-two in the standings. Taking the lead was Andretti Bain, whose time of 46.90 qualified him regionally, followed by teammate Jonathan Rivers, who also turned in a regionally qualifying time of 47.19 for the second place finish.

Maurice Moss captured second in the 100 meter dash for the Golden Eagles, running a time of 10.53. In the 1,500 meter run, James Wanjiku continues the ORU excellence, finishing second with a time of 3:51.

Wrapping it up for the men\'s team individual honors was Brian Blocker, whose 110 meter hurdles time of 14:30 was strong enough for second place.

The Golden Eagles 4x100 meter relay took second on the day, combining their efforts for a finishing time of 41.20.

On the women\'s side, Aisha Mitchell took first place honors in the 400 meter dash, sprinting her way to a regionally qualifying time of 53.56. In the triple jump, English Clark earned another first place finish for the Eagles, leaping a distance of 12.40 meters, which qualified her regionally.

Diana Chelimo took second in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:08.88, and freshman Rachel Talbert earned her second place finish with a toss of 46.96 meters in the javelin throw.

Sana Koubaa took third place honors in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, turning in a time of 11:18.49.

The women\'s 4x100 meter relay kept with the spirit of the day by taking third in the event. The women combined for a final time of 46.90.

The Golden Eagles return to action April 28 at the Missouri Track and Field Festival in Joplin, Missouri.