ORU tennis and track teams ‘come home’
ONEOK Sports Complex is a long-awaited new boon for ORU athletics.
Joe Dial, track coach at Oral Roberts University, at the campus’ new 8-lane track
After 25 years, Joe Dial’s dreams have finally been realized. That’s how long he has been head coach of the Oral Roberts University men’s and women’s track teams. Now, his teams have a home track at the campus’ new ONEOK Sports Complex.
Before ONEOK and other donors made Dial’s wish come true, ORU Track never had a home meet. Likewise, ORU Tennis played “home matches” at a number of local tennis complexes, including Philcrest, the University of Tulsa and LaFortune Tennis Center.
In October, the women’s tennis team had its first home tournament at the facility comprised of six tennis courts and a world-class, eight-lane track sporting ORU’s blue and gold. On Feb. 16, ORU will host its first men’s home tennis match against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
ORU Track will host its inaugural meet March 30 with a high school meet followed by a major collegiate competition the next day with teams from ORU, TU, Oklahoma State, Kansas, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Arkansas.
At the recent dedication of the sports complex, Dial, men’s tennis coach Mark Milner and women’s tennis coach Beverly Dawson praised the new complex. “This is a huge development,” Dial said. “We’ve enjoyed our best year in recruiting mainly due to this new track. The attitudes of our athletes are at an all-time high.”