Aniekeme Alphonsus breaks ORU 60m Record as Victor Peka finishes 3rd
The Indoor Collegiate Track and Field season began on Saturday, Dec 2 with many athletes posting Personal Bests and Season’s Best to kick off the season. For 2017 National 100m Champion, Aniekeme Alphonsus and Victor Peka, it was their first time running the Indoors and they proved their worth.
Aniekeme who is a Freshman at the Oral Robert University, Tulsa, Oklahoma competed in the 60m dash at Bob Timmons Challenge hosted by the University of Kansas and in her debut race she posted a time of 7.42s to finish 2nd in the final behind Birmmingham Aaliyah who pipped her on the line as she ran the same time. Aniekeme’s time was good enough to smash ORU school record in her first race, who knows what the Akwa Ibom native has up her sleeves as the season progresses.
Sophomore, Abire Mercy finished 6th with a Season’s Best of 7.72s while she leaped to victory in the Long Jump final with a mark of 5.79m.
Aniekeme later teamed up with Smith-Pollard Sasha, Ollison Christina and Hilliard Cameron to run the 4x400m. Their time of 3:51.84 s was good enough to land them in 2nd position behind University of Kansas ‘A’ who ran 3:44.49s.
Freshman, Victor Peka finished 4th in the Men’s 60m dash with an Indoor PB of 6.88s then he went on to place 3rd in the 200m behind compartrio, Akerele Omeiza. Peka posted a time of 22.05s while Omeiza ran 21.90s. Omeiza was later disqualified alongside his teammates during the 4x400m for ‘Threw Elbow’.
The ORU Golden Eagles take an extended break for the end of the semester before returning to the track in 2018 at the Arkansas Invitational January 12.