Abike Egbeniyi shatters Meet Record as Adebakin, Edoki & Odugbesan storm to Indoor PBs
It was business as usual on Friday, Jan 18th and Saturday, Jan 19th across different Indoor Track in the US and Nigerian athletes were not left out on the medal podium.
At the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee’s SR Abike Egbeniyi continued her winning spree as she clinched the Gold in the Women’s 800m in a Personal Best and Meet Record of 2:03.77s to break the previous record of 2:04.24s set two years ago.
2017 Athletic Heat Junior Athlete of the Year, Isaac Odugbesan was inspired by Kord Ferguson (19.25m) and Noah Castle (18.84m) to throw an Indoor School Record of 18.79m bettering his previous mark of 18.04m which he set on the 12th of Jan. 2019 as he finished 3rd in the Men’s Shot Put event.
It’s worthy to note that this is the THIRD time, Odugbesan is breaking his School Record. He also holds the Outdoor School Record with a distance of 18.72m which he set last season.
In the Women’s 200m, Nigeria’s representative at the 2014 World Juniors, Haisha Bisolu representing Cincinnati University finished 5th with a time of 24.61s while compatriot. Cecilia Francis of MTSU finished 17th overall in 25.12s. MTSU’s Omolayo Omosola fouled all three attempts in the Women’s Long Jump.
Away from Tennessee, at the Samford Invitational in Alabama, despite finishing 7th in the Men’s 200m with a time of 22.21s, Toluwani Adebakin of William Carey University came back stronger to take the 400m victory in an Indoor Personal Best of 48.88s.
While in Texas, Abire Mercy of Louisiana State University (6.13m) and South Plain’s Ruth Usoro (6.06m) finished 5th and 6th respectively in the Women’s Long Jump as Divine Oduduru who had the 2nd fastest time entering the final, had a False Start but later helped his school, Texas Tech secure a second place finish n the men’s 4x400m with a time of 3:04.93s.