Odia, Abike smashes DMR Meet Record as Fasasi ranks No. 2 in Division I
After a fair performance in Nashville, Tennessee State on January 21st, the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State University were back to the track yesterday, Jan. 29th at the KMS Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Blue Raiders claimed eight Top finishes at the meet, of which two Nigerians; Loveth Odia and Egbeniyi Abike were in the relay mix.
The MT’s Women’s relay team took victory in the Distance Medley Relay which comprised Abike (1200m), Odia (400m), Shaina Johnson (800m) and Agnes Abu (1600m) to complete the 4000m relay race and they won with a Meet Record of 11:54.77s smashing the previous record of 12:37.37s set in January 2016 by the relay squad of N. Sheppard, A. McDonald, T. Bailey and S. Zylstra also running almost two minutes faster than Mississippi Valley who finished 2nd with 13:18.68s.
Odia also team up with Janet Amponsah, Taylor Day and Shaina to win the 4×400-meter race with a time of 3:44.40s.
On the men’s side, Junior Ifiok Umoh finished 3rd in the 400m, clocking a time of 48.38s while Adeniji Adedamola placed 7th with 48.74s.
In the 200m, Sophomore Charles Okeze finished 16th overall with 22.04s.
Ifiok and Adedamola alongside Tahir Walsh and Trevon Sanders ran a time of 3:24.73s in the 4x400m relay race to finish in 13th position overall.
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For Kunle Fasasi of University of Florida, it was more records to his possession. On Jan. 7th, he broke the 300m National Indoor Record with a time of 33.09s. He went on run a then Personal Best of 46.53s in the 400m Indoor on January 21st. Just last Saturday, he finished 2nd in the 400m at Razorback Invitational in Arkansas with yet another PB of 46.02s which ranks him ninth in program history and No. 2 in Division I this year.
Fasasi also helped his team win the 4x400m relay race running a split time of 45.16s – the third fastest leg by anyone in the field – and they clocked a time of 3:07.11s which makes the Gators the No. 4 ranked relay team in the US.
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Meanwhile at the Pittsburgh State invitational on Saturday, Jan. 28th Mercy Abire and Omeiza Akerele were having a great time with one posting a win while the other equalling Personal Best.
Abire who is the reigning Athlete of the Week lived up to expectation as she won the Women’s Long Jump event for the second-consecutive week with a leap of 5.93m.
Omeiza competed in the men’s 400m event running a time of 47.90s to equal his Indoor PB he ran almost a year ago. He later teamed up with Aobakwe Malao, D’khari Hicks and Reinhard Ndlovu to finish first in the men’s 4x400m Relay.
The Blue Raiders of MTSU will be getting prepared to host their annual Invitational on Sat. Feb 4th 2017.
Florida Gators would be at Virginia Tech “Doc Hale” Elite Meet on Saturday, Feb. 4th in Blacksburg, VA.
While ORU Golden Eagles will kick off the month of February at the Herm Wilson Invitational at Wichita State in Wichita, Kansas.
Well done to all the athletes and Goodluck to them in their next meet.