National 400m Champion, Adekunle Fasasi was one of the standout Nigerian collegiate performers over the weekend. The University of Florida sophomore raced to an Indoor Personal Best (PB) of 20.96s to take the victory in the 200m at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Saturday, February 11.
Interestingly, this was his first 200m race of the year, with the time being ranked No.21 on the NCAA Division I list, and 29th in the world.
Not done with his performance at the meet, he went on to run the fastest lead off leg of 46.03s, which was enough to gift his school’s 4x400m relay team the 3rd position in 3:05.14s. Their time is ranked No.9 on the school’s all-time indoor list, and No.4 in the NCAA Division I.
This will be a huge motivation for Fasasi, who’ll be aiming for his first individual podium placement in the NCAA, with the South Eastern Conference Indoor Championships set to hold in Nashville from February 24th to 25th.
Another Nigerian athlete with an impressive performance at the meet was Mercy Abire of Oral Roberts University. Abire competed in the Long Jump, leaping to an Indoor Personal Best (PB) of 6.12m to finish 3rd, and rank 2nd on the Summit League list.