Ruth Usoro races to 60m PB as Tolu Adebakin splits 46.34s at National Indoor Championships

We are really excited about Ruth Usoro and Toluwani’s performances since they arrived US over 2 years ago.

Ruth, a student of South Plains College competed at the NJCAA Championships held at Pittsburgh University, where she clinched the Silver medal in the Women’s Long Jump (5.97) and Triple Jump(12.50) events.

The Triple Jump event was won by fellow Nigerian, Grace Anigbata in a Facility Record of 13.17m.

Ruth set an indoor Personal Beat of 7.52s enroute the final of the Women’s 60m where she went on to finish 4th posting a time of 7.56s.

This is an impressive performance from the Athletic Heat Co-founder. As at the 2018 Championships, Ruth finished 12th overall in the 60m with 7.60s.

As good as she is on the track, Usoro also takes studies seriously. The Western Junior College Athletic Conference recently honoured her in the WJCAC All-Academic 1st Team for having a grade point average of 3.64-4.0.

She is an example of Athletics in Schools Program as she is successfully combining School and Sports.

Grace Anigbata has continued her dominance in the Triple and High Jump as she clinched both titles at the NJCAA Indoor Championships.

An excited Grace Anigbata after clinching both titles at the NJCAA Championships

Her 13.17m in the Triple Jump shattered her School Record, Facility Record and Personal Record while she surprisingly used the old Scissors style to win the High Jump with a height of 1.76m which is also an Indoor Personal Best and School Record for the African Champion who is a student at Cloud Community College.

Another Nigerian who competed at the Championships was Chukwusom Enekwechi, the younger brother of African Shot Put Champion, Chulwuebuka Enekwechi.

He finished just outside the medal table in the Men’s Shot Put with a distance of 16.85m while finishing 6th in the Weight throw with 16.89m. Interestingly, both marks are new Personal Bests for the 19 year old Nigerian.

Chukwusom Enekwechi set two Personal Bests at the NJCAA Indoor Championships last weekend.

Athletic Heat Co-founder, Toluwani Adebakin, a student of William Carey University, Mississippi gave a good account of himself at the NAIA Championships last weekend. Despite not making the final in the 40 individual event, the gangly sprinter helped his team secure a 3rd place finish in the 4x400m final with his wonderful performance as he ran a split of 46.34s in the first leg.

He didn’t compete a lot during the indoor season but anytime he got on the track for the relays he always delivered. He ran the 4x400m relay three times during the Indoor season and he ran a split of 48.34s, 46.81s, and 46.34s. He sure has a lot up his sleeves for the individual event. We can’t wait!

Toluwani Adebakin competing for William Carey University at the just concluded NAIA Indoor Championships

So far, Nigerian athletes have given a good account of them selves in the indoor season and we hope to see them set the track on fire when Outdoor season begins.



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