By Uche Dozie
As the indoor pushes to it crunch part, Nigeria students-athletes keep moving at a good pace to be in shape for brilliant finish.
One of those athletes is Favour Ofili, a student of LSU Track and Field shone brightest amongst the green white and green track and field sportsmen who represented their school at the last weekend.
Ofili smashed her 200m African Indoor Record, with a new time of 22.71s for the win at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic. A win that made her the top two fastest times in 200m indoor history by an African woman. She was almost a second clear of Tionna Brown who took second in 23.61s and Amber Anning in 23.64s.
She also clocked a new PB again, this time in the 60m clocking a brilliant 7.17m to finish 2nd behind teammate Alia Armstrong with 7.16m. Favour’s time is tied 8th fastest in her school history and number one in Nigeria.
Behind them, Texas Tech’s Rosemary Chukwuma also dropped a PB of 7.25s to finish 5th, same time as 4th-placed Kevona Davis.
At the New Mexico Challenge, TexasTechTF triple jump sensation Onaara Obamuwagun dropped a massive Personal Best (PB) of 13.41m in the women’s Triple Jump to edged out by her teammate Ruta Lasmane for the win as the latter recorded 13.66m. That’s number two jump in the country this season, behind Ruth Usoro of 13.74m.
Meanwhile, Grace Anigbata (TCU) opened up her season at the same meet, going out to a first-round 13.36m.
Going sub-53s for the first time indoors, Knowledge Omovoh clocked a brilliant PB of 52.95s for the 400m win at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic. She beat the entire field as Tianna Holmes placed second in 53.28s and Davicia Patterson was third in 53.91s. It is her debut race for Texas Tech.
Isaac Odugbesan hurled an impressive Personal Best (PB) of 20.59m, breaking the Alabama School Record to win the men’s Shot Put at the Charlie Thomas Invitational. He was miles ahead of the field as Santiago Bass took second with 18.26m and Jerimiah Evans, thirdd with 18.11m.
Also at the USA Invitational, Alaba Akintola was in action for his school Middle Tennessee State University, posting a PB of 6.73s to finish second in heat 1 of men’s 60m. His PB of 6.73s, saw him go up to joint 4th in the Nigerian Toplist alongside Enoch Adegoke.
Good start to life in the US it was Kelechi Christian as she competed in her first ever indoor competition for Mississippi College, winning heat 4 of women’s 60m at the USA Invitational in Birmingham. Christian clocked a PB of 7.78s to emerge clear winner over Vada Samuels (second) in 7.90s.
Compilation of stories culled from @Making of Champions an @Nigeria Athletics.
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