Doreen Amata, Loveth Odia triumph at Yellow Jacket Invitational
ATLANTA, Ga. – It’s always a good thing when you start the season with a win or a Top 3 finish. It’s brings postive vibes that takes you through the season.
At the 1st Annual Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Georgia Tech on Friday, March 19th there were many great performances from athletes who were present. With some running World Lead time, Personal Best’s and for many others it was a Season Best.
Nigerians were not left out on this as 7x National Champion, Doreen Amata who represented her sponsors, Adidas scaled a height of 1.81m to win the Women’s High Jump event.
Doreen started the 2017 season at the Banska Bystrica Indoor High Jump meeting in February where she jumped 1.89m. You would recall that the World Championships finalist at this same meet last year scaled a height of 1.93m to set a new National Indoor Record.
Middle Tennesse’s Junior Loveth Odia who was very active during the Indoor season with a Personal Best of 53.88s to show for it, began the Outdoor season for the Blue Raiders on a somewhat good note, finishing 3rd in the 400m with a time of 54.64s behind Ransby Micaiah (54.56s) and Candace Hill (52.94s).
Afon Ifeoluwa, a Sophomore at Georgia State University finished 15th in the event with a time of 59.73s.
In the 200m, Candace once again was in a world of her own as she stopped the clock in a World Lead time of 22.76s. Nigeria’s Jennifer Edobi of Vanderbilt finished just outside the medal zone in a time of 24.17s.
On the men’s side, Middle Tennesse’s Junior Umoh Ifiok finished 7th in the men’s 200m event with a Season Best. Of 21.60s while teammate Adeniji Adedamola finished 14th overall with a time of 22.01s.
Middle Tennesse’s squad. From left; Adeniji, Odia, Umoh and Okeze.
Umoh went on to finish 8th in the 400m (47.91s), Adeniji placed 11th overall (48.05s) while Charles Okeze who is best known in the 100m and 200m decided to open his Outdoor season with the 400m and he finished 17th overall with a time of 50.25s.
The relays were used to cap the great Season Opener with the Middle Tennesse men’s 4x400m team which included Nathan Mack, Trevor Sanders, Tahir Walsh and Adeniji place 4th with a time of 3:18.27s.
The Blue Raiders will be back to the track next weekend at the Raleigh Relays hosted by North Caroline State.