Ole Miss inducts Nigerian Record Holder, Antwon Hicks into hall of fame
2016 All Nigeria Championships 110m hurdles winner Antwon Hicks was announced on July 31st as one of the six legendary athletes that will be inducted into the Ole Miss M-Club Alumni Hall of Fame.
The banquet was held yesterday, September 1st at the Ole Miss Inn and the 2002 World Junior Champion was inducted alongside Megan Breen (Golf), Terrence Metcalf (Foottball), Lauren Grill (Softball) while Tennis duo, Mahesh Bhupathi and Ali Hamadeh completes the list of inductees.
Antwon became the top freshman finish in University of Mississippi’s history at the NCAA Championships and earned his first NCAA All-America honor by placing fifth in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
He earned his first Indoor All-America honor at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships with his seventh place finish in the 60-meter hurdles and recorded the top time in the NCAA Outdoors in the 110-meter hurdles with his time of 13.46s to win the Texas Relays.
He didn’t wasn’t done achieving for the school as he became Ole Miss’ first NCAA Champion since the 2000 in winning the 60-meter hurdles at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships. His school record time of 7.61 in the finals was the fourth fastest time run at the NCAA Indoor meet. Despite finishing seventh at the NCAA 110m Outdoor finals, Antwon competed at the 2004 US Olympic Trials in the 110-meter hurdles, narrowly missing the finals and he was the top collegiate finisher in his discipline at the Olympic Trials.
In a chat with AthleticHeat, Antwon reminisced on his experience at University of Mississippi, “It was unbelievable. My alma mater showed me why I chose Olee Miss in the first place. They support us.” said the Sociology graduate.
The 34-year old came close to representing The US on two occasions, in 2008 and 2012 where he finished 5th and 4th respectively. In 2014, Antwon opted to run for Nigeria alongside other former US athletes as they stormed the country for the Commonwealth Games trials, not much was heard about him as he didn’t perform too well. “To be honest in 2014 I was actually retired. Close to one year, no training, so when I heard about the trial I had only one month to train and I did the best I could to get ready. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and so I wasn’t in peak form” he stated while speaking to AthleticHeat at the 2016 National trials.
Two years on, he came back stronger not only winning the National title, he did it in style as he smashed the 23-year old National record set by Williams Arese (13.42s). “My goal was to hit the standard and also getting a National record is a plus for me. This year I trained the way I supposed to train to get my body prepared and this is the result.” said the 15-time Arkansas High school champion.
Antwon Hicks dream of being an Olympian came through after years of trying to qualify and he achieved it donning the Green and White colours of Nigeria. He bowed out in the semifinal. Congrats on your i