Nigerian athletes to watch out for at 2017 C-USA Indoor Championships
The 2017 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships is set to get under way today, February 18th at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, Alabama.
C-USA is a collegiate athletic conference whose member institutions are located within the Southern United States.
Some Nigerian athletes who school within the area and have been exceptional in the build-up races to the Championships have proven themselves worthy to be favourites in their discipline.
UTEP’s Amusan Tobi (23.38s) would go against Middle Tennesse’s Amponsah Janet (23.93s) in the women’s 200m.
In the 400m, it would be a horse-race between two Nigerian’s Benjamin Ada of UTEP (54.26s) and Loveth Odia of MT (54.57s).
Meanwhile in the 800m, Middle Tennesse’s Abike Egbeniyi (2:04.47s) would battle teammate, Abu Agnes (2:04.76s) for the title.
It would be a workover for C-USA two time Track athlete of the week Amusan in the 60m hurdles with her blazing time of 7.98s.
Amusan also brings her winning prowess to the field as she’s also the favourite in the Long Jump with 6.15m.
C-USA Records that might be broken.
Amusan could be the outstanding athlete of the championship in the 60mh and 200m as Jackie Coward’s 8.08s and Ebonie Floyd ‘s 23.41 records may be gunned down if she decides to give an A-game performance in both events considering her PB’S in the events which also stands as her school records.
Abike would be forced to break the 800m Conference record of 2:07.43s which was set by Jenny Holmes of UTEP in 2016 as she would face stiff competition from teammate Abu Agnes whose PB is 2:04.76s, .29s away from Abike’s personal record.
Ada and Odia would have to push themselves beyond the expected in order to break Miriam Kromah’s 400m record of 53.51s.
Blessing Okagbare’s record of 7.18s and 6.65m in the 60m and Long Jump might not be broken as Amponsah Janet (7.48s) and Amusan (6.15m) would have to work extra hard to break her record respectively.
No Nigerian male athlete was listed as a favourite for this championship.
We wish all our athletes the very best as they compete.