Amusan equals school 60mh Record as Fasasi, Edobi others claim victory in the US
From records, atleast one or two Nigerian athletes compete in two of every five meetings in the US and it was not different last weekend as we were well represented across various Indoor Invitational in the US.
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At the New Mexico Don Kirbly Invitational in Albequerue N.M Utep’s sprint sensation Amusan Tobi couldn’t get the better of Oregon’s Sash Wallace but gave her a hot chase that led to a photo-finish decision placing Amusan in second position with both hurdlers achieving the same time of 7.99s.
She had the fastest time overall of 7.98s which she achieved in the Semifinal and it’s a new Personal Best and also equals UTEP’S 60m hurdles record that was set by Janice Jackson in 2014. Amusan now holds the third-fastest time in the US. Teammate Rebecca Oshinbajo finished 16th overall with 8.61s.
Florence Uwakwe finished 14th overall in the 60m with a time of 7.59s. Yinka Oyebanjo-Odofin also of Utep competed in the men’s 400m returning a time of 51.60s.
Junior Benjamin Ada ran the 600m where she finished 3rd in a time of 1:33.24s behind Chitwood Mandy (1:31.64s) and Crozier Melese (1:30.96s).
Ogundeji Dotun of UCLA bruins placed 2nd in the men’s Shot put with a throw of 19.07m.
At Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, it was a reunion of Naija athletes as no fewer than six athletes were in attendance.
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The best performance by a Nigerian was from Florida Gators Kunle Fasasi who competed in the men’s 200m wherein he stormed to victory with a Personal Best of 20.96s.
That was not all for the Sophomore student as he ran a split time of 46.03s in the 4x400m race, by far the fastest leadoff leg from either Invitational race. He alongside Grant Holloway ,Eric Dutch and TJ Holmes ran 3:05.14s to rank No.9 on University of Florida all-time Indoor top 10 and No. 4 ranked team in Division I.
University of Kentucky’s Oye Ini-Oluwa placed 34th overall in the event with 22.16s.
Texas Anumnu Charles finished 17th in the men’s 60m with 6.85s.
Akerele Omeiza of ORU ran a time of 49.14s to place 38th in the men’s 400m event. Omeiza’s time is the slowest time he has ran since May 2015 where he ran 1:02.69s.
Anumnu Calton of Texas and Purfue’s Obohkare Ikpefan occupied 43rd and 44th position with a time of 49.60s and 49.70s respectively.
Albany ‘s Ogbonna Kingsley finished 2nd in the men’s High Jump with a height of 2.12m.
ORU recorded multiple top 10 finishes and it was led by Nigeria ‘s Mercy Abire. The freshman competed in the women’s Long Jump with a Personal Best of 6.12m which place her 3rd and ranks her 2nd in the Summit League and in top 50 in the US.
Over at Tennesse was the Music City Challenge which was held on Friday Feb.10th.
Middle Tennesse’s Umoh Ifiok finished 12th in the 200m with 22.06s while Charles Okeze placed 17th overall with 22.18s.
Teammate Adedamola Adeniji was ranked 20th in the mens 400m while Umoh was 24th in 48.93s.
Vanderblit’s Edobi Jennifer won the women’s 400m with a time of 53.47s.
Sophomore Akindele Dayo finished 4th in the men’s 60m hurdles with 8.06s and placed 3rd in the Triple Jump with a leap of 15.35m and 5th in the Long Jump with 7.41m representing Kennesaw state track team.
University of Georgia ‘s Junior Orji Keturah dominated the women’s Triple Jump in a leap of 14.10m.
All-Africa Games Silver medalist Olamigoke Olumide was one of the two Nigerian elite athletes at the Liberty Elite Invitation hosted by Liberty University at Lynchburg, VA.
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Olumide finished 3rd in the men’s Triple Jump with 15.25m while Efekoro Oghenakpabo of University of Virginia was 2nd in the men’s Shot put with a throw of 19.12m.
Liberty’s Freshman Maduka Timothy made his debut appearance for his school as he finished 15th overall in the 60m with 7.06s and 10th in the Long Jump with 6.75m.
Virginia’s Ezunmah Chimere finished 14th in the Women’s 200m with 25.21s and 5th in the 400m with 57.79s.
We bring our review to a close with IOWA State Classic where Adegoke Tomi placed 2nd in the men’s Long Jump with 7.06m. Okoronkwo Chinne of Wisconsin state finished 3rd in the women’s Pole Vault with 3.80m.
Kansas State University Senior Ariel Okorie finished 6th in the women’s 60m hurdles and Long Jump in 8.59s and 5.72m respectively.
Omare Omawunmi also of Kansas St. was 14th in the women’s 400m with 56.58s while Drake’s Okoye Ebele finished 25th in 57.64s.
Well done to all the athletes and we wish them the very best on their next meetings.