TULSA — “Usually around April I’m ‘clutch’ as you could say,” he commented. “My body just turns on and I get into a good rhythm, so I usually PR around this time in the season.”
When visiting with Turner it quickly becomes obvious that he has a heart for others, displayed perfectly by his garb in Kansas when he won the KU Relays. Turner donned a Boston Red Sox hat for the awards ceremony, dedicating the victory to those affected by the tragic bombings. A Mississippi native, who has no connection to Boston other than being a Celtics fan, said that he felt it was his opportunity as a Christian to show God’s love by making that statement.
“As a Christian we are all part of God’s body and we have to do whatever we can to help others. I just saw my place dedicating that win to Boston and just to support the people of Boston at the time.”
With classes over and finals ending at ORU, Turner can now turn his full attention to the next job, winning a Southland Conference Championship. He finished fourth at the indoor conference championship but has the second-best jump in the SLC this season.
“I just need to be consistent,” Turner said about what he needed to do to claim the gold. “I need to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I actually beat the guy (ahead of me) at this last meet and I have a lot of momentum going into this conference championship and the NCAA first round and hopefully nationals but I just need to be consistent.”
Turner and the rest of the Golden Eagles will compete in the SLC Championship in Lake Charles, La., from May 10-12. Updates will be posted from the ORU Track Twitter account (@ORUTrack) and complete results will be posted each day at ORUGoldenEagles.com.