By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
As the athletics season begins, Nigeria athletes abroad were up for reckoning as they posted five-star performances at their individual Invitational tournaments over the weekend.
Triple jump specialist, Ruth Usoro shone brightest among the rest as she leaped 14.76 metres to set a new NCAA Indoor Collegiate Record in the triple jump breaking the 14.53m held by Keturah Orji of America since 2018.
The field event highlight of the meeting saw the Texas Tech student also smashed her own outright national record and becoming the third African of All-Time behind Aldama of Sudan and Etone of Cameroon.
Earlier in the meeting, Usoro had also won the long jump with 6.48m.
200 metres gold medalist at last year’s World Athletics Championship, Udodi Onwuzurike caught the eyes at the UW Indoor Preview on Saturday after running a time of 6.67s to win the men’s 60 metres race.
The debutant broke the school 60-meter record in his first collegiate race as a Stanford University freshman recording a new Personal Best in the process.
He finished ahead of Dimeji Adekanbi who ran 6.80s to place 2nd.
Isaac Odugbesan competed at the UAB Blazer Invite in Birmingham where he hurled his orb to a mark of 20.48m, his best opener ever and a new Meet Record. He was way ahead of his teammates Santiago Bass and Jerimiah Evans who took 2nd and 3rd with 18.42m and 18.19m respectively.
Favour Ofili set another Personal Best in the final of the women’s 60m in Baton Rouge, clocking a time of 7.25s to place fourth.
The race was won by Aleia Hobbs in a time of 7.10s ahead of Mikiah Brisco who edged out Briana Williams in 7.17s to 7.18s.
Ofili had qualified after a beautiful opener for at the Purple Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge as she powered to an impressive Personal Best (PB) of 7.27s over 60m behind Aleia Hobbs who clocked a time of 7.14s.
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