Weekend Wrap: New PBs for Ekevwo, Usoro, Obamuwagun & others in season opener

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It was a positive season start for several Nigerian athletes abroad who competed over the weekend.

Gators’ Raymond Ekevwo shaved five hundredth of a second off his 60m Personal Best as he came 2nd with a time of 6.61s at the Gamecock Opener in South Carolina.

Dotun Ogundeji improved his PB by a centimeter, throwing 19.85m to place 3rd in the Shot Put at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational.

Dotun Ogundeji

Meanwhile, another Shot Putter Isaac Odugbesan made an even bigger shift, surpassing the 19m mark for the first time in his career. The University of Alabama athlete hit a Meet Record (MR) 19.53m to claim the win at the Samford January Invite.

FSU’s Fabian Edoki leaped 7.77m to place 2nd behind teammate Isaac Grimes (7.97m) in the Long Jump at the Vandy Invite.

It was a weekend to remember for Ruth Usoro, who set new PBs in the 60m and Long Jump at the Corky Classic Invitationals.

Ruth Usoro

In what was her very first appearance in a Texas Tech bib, she first went 7.46s for a collegiate best to earn qualification to the final. She went on to lower her PB in the final clocking 7.44s to finish 5th just ahead of South Plains’ Rosemary Chukwuma who finished 6th with 7.54s.

Usoro rounded up her impressive showing at the meet with another PB in the Long Jump. She came 5th with 6.19m in the same flight in which Mercy Abire soared to a massive Lifetime Best of 6.44m to claim the win.

Mercy Abire

Meanwhile, South Plains’ Onaara Obamuwagun also set a Personal Best on the same night in the Triple Jump hitting 13.20m (SR) for the win.

At the UNL Graduate Classic, Cloud County’s duo of Grace Anigbata and Mercy Ntia-Obong sealed qualification to the NJCAA Indoor Championships.

Ntia-Obong stormed to a PB and NJCAA leading time of 7.47s to take win in the 60m while Anigbata soared to the 5.94m mark for the win in the Long Jump.

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