C-USA Championships: Amusan, Odia others smash Meet Records
Birghminham, Al- It was an interesting weekend full of athletic events at the Crossplex Center.
The two-day event began on Saturday, Feb.18th and Nigerian athletes were in attendance with some sailing through to the final as others bowed out in the heats.
In the 60m heats, UTEP’S Florence Uwakwe ran a time of 7.53s to finish 5th to qualify while Middle Tennesse’s Charles Okeze placed 15th in the men’s event with 6.98s.
Okeze went on to finish 17th overall in the 200m heats (21.98s), in the women’s event wondergirl Tobi Amusan (23.93s), Uwakwe (24.09s) and Middle Tennesse’s Loveth Odia (24.14s) all qualified for the finals.
MT’s Umoh Ifiok (48.57s) and Adeniji Adedamola (48.93s) crashed out of the men’s 400m heats while Abike Egbeniyi (53.85s), Ada Benjamin (54.77s) and Odia (54.83s) all progressed to the women’s final.
Egbeniyi later finished 4th in her 800m heat with 2:16.18s.
Amusan (8.23s) and Rebecca Oshinbanjo (8.66s) finished 1st and 4th in the their heats of the 60m hurdles to qualify for the finals.
Amusan who was the favourite in the women’s Long Jump couldn’t live up to expectations as the youngster finished 4th with a leap of 5.79m in the final.
Charlotte’s Isioma Edokobi (18.55m) and Ijeoma Ugwunze (16.81m) finished 7th and 13th respectively in the women’s Weight Throw event.
The women’s heptathlon was one of the events concluded on Saturday with Charlotte’s Amaka Awuruonye finishing 8th with 3419 points as UTEP’S Oshinbanjo placed 11th with 3284 points.
Sunday, Feb 19th wad the climax of the championships with Amusan breaking two C-USA records.
In the 60m hurdles, Sophomore Amusan ran a blastering time of 8.01s and shaved 0.7s off the previous Record set by Jackie Coward in 2012 . Teammate Oshinbanjo was in third place with 8.70s.
Florence Uwakwe finished 6th in the 60m women’s final in 7.57s.
The women’s 200m was divided into Final A and B as Uwakwe finished 2nd (23.94s) in the A race. Amusan took the victory in the B Final with another Meet Record of 23.35s. Odia was in 3rd place in the race and her time of 24.29s placed her in 5th position overall.
The women’s 400m was also split into Final A and B. Odia bettered her time from Saturday to win the A final with a PB of 53.88s. Benjamin finished 3rd in 54.30s but was ranked 4th overall.
Abike won B Final but her time of 53.95s could only put her in 2nd position while Jennifer Arinze was second in the race and was ranked 5th overall.
For sure Abike was so exhausted from all the races as she finished 8th in the women’s 800m final with 2:34.23s as teammate Agnes Abu took the victory in 2:12.20s.
The successful championships was brought to an end with the 4x400m race in which Middle Tennesse’s squad of Janet Amponsah, Agnes Abu, Abike and Odia ran a time of 3:37.53s to break the women’s Meet Record set in 2015.
Uwakwe and Benjamin alongside Dreashane Roller and I. Adams finished second for Utep in 3:40.69s.
Congrats to all our athletes. We wish y’all the very best in the outdoor season.