Ruth Usoro opens 2019 Outdoor season with 23.53s
South Plan’s Sophomore and Athletic Heat Co-founder, Ruth Usoro was at the Fearless Champions Meet hosted by Texas Tech University last weekend.
Usoro led the race from start to finish and posting a blistering 23.53s to commence her outdoor season. She is currently the leader in the National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association (NJCAA) over the 200m.
Her performance in the Indoors were very commendable ending the season with two silver medals in the Long and Triple Jump events while setting a Personal Best of 7.52s in the 60m.
Speaking to the elated athlete after her race, she said,
“I feel great because I never expected such a time. I went with an open mind. The last time I ran 200m was last year May and I didn’t even run it indoors. I was so so fulfilled when i saw the time.
“I really thank God for how far He has brought me. I feel like things have finally started working out. “
Usoro said what inspired her to run that fast is based on the goals she had set for the year.
“What inspired me to run that fast, I had set my goals which includes representing Nigeria at the African Games and World Champs this year, so I am working hard to hit the standards.”
“People have ran great times from lane 8 and I didn’t care what lane I was on, I was just focused on getting the job done. So with a positive mindset and good strategy, I was able to secure the win.” she concluded.
At the Gold and Black Invitational which was held this weekend at Nashville, Tennessee saw a couple of Nigerian athletes compete in various events.
Cecilia Francis posted a third-place finish in the 100m with a time of 11.67 while finishing 7th in the 200m. She later teamed up with Edidiong, Caster and Mensah to secure the Silver medal in the Women’s 4x100m.
Isaac Odugbesan got the bronze in the men’s shot-put event after notching his best distance of 17.85m, in six passes.
This is a progressive performance from Odugbesan who competed and the Yellow Jacket Invite two weeks ago where he threw a distance of 17.66m.
Long Jump sensation, Edoki Fabian ran the 100m finishing 10th overall with 10.93s
Ekevwo Raymond helped his school, Florida University, secure the Gold medal in the Men’s 4x100m at the FSU Relays on Friday. He teamed up with Hakim Sani, Grant Holloway and Ryan to take the victory.