Over the weekend, the 2021 indoor collegiate season was off to a good start and Nigerian athletes were part of the action in the US.

Cloud County’s Mercy Ntia-Obong was one of the athletes in action where at the Highland Challenge, she raced to a Personal Best (PB) of 6.99s to take the women’s 55m ahead of her teammate, Isila Apkup (7.22) and Tashira Edwards (7.51).

By virtue of her time over 55m which would be converted to 60m times, Ntia-Obong qualified for the NJCAA Championships.

At the H-Town SpeedCity Series I in Houston, Bashiru Abdullahi (UTSA) competed in the men’s 60mH where he powered to the win in 7.93s, comfortably the only athlete to break 8 seconds in the event as Joseph Squire followed in 8.05s and DJ Akindele got 3rd in 8.11s.
He went slightly faster in qualification where he clocked 7.91s.

At the Vanderbilt Commodore Invitational in Nashville (TN), Alabama Senior, Isaac Odugbesan opened up his season in the Shot Put where he tossed an SB of 18.35m for 2nd place behind Tennessee’s Jordan West who took the win with 19.16m.

Athletics is a special shade of life for me, and my confidence has received a boost since I started out covering the sport from the stands of my home, and now as a Junior Sportswriter with Making of Champions - an opportunity to get better at what I do.


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