Usoro breaks Triple Jump NR, Ntia-Obong qualifies for NJCAA Champ

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It was a dazzling season start for Ruth Usoro this weekend at the Texas Tech Corky Classic where she set a new Nigerian Triple Jump record of 14.28m on her first attempt.

The mark is also a new Texas Tech school record and ties Skvartsova Viyaleta on the world-lead for the season.

Usoro rounded up her impressive showing at the meet with another win in the Long Jump, leaping 6.51m.

Speaking on her performance, she said:

“When I first saw the mark, I was really surprised, and I had to look back and check that it was really my mark. I felt very grateful to God, and I’m really just thankful to God right now, because he’s the one who made this happen.

“I was so surprised when I saw it, because I wasn’t really expecting it at this time, because it came so early.” 

Meanwhile, at the Highland Challenge, Cloud County’s Mercy Ntia-Obong punched qualification ticket for the NJCAA Indoor Championships.

Ntia-Obong clocked 6.99s to take the win in the women’s 55 meters race – which would be converted over to 60-meter qualifying time.

She then joined Isila Apkup, Pamela Milano and Leonie Beu for the 4×400 meter relay where they raced 3:59.75 to seal qualification for Championships.

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