Despite not producing their best performances of the indoor season, the Osheku Athletics Academy graduate trio of Shot Putter, Isaac Odugbesan, Middle Distance runner, Abike Egbeniyi and Sprinter, Cecilia Francis did just enough to lead Middle Tennessee State University to Conference USA Indoor Track and Field glory.
Odugbesan threw 18.38m, 41 centimetres off the 18.79m personal season’s best he set last month to win the gold medal in the event to become one of only three men to win an individual title at the athletics championship for the University.
The Nigerian’s effort and that of his teammates were enough to ensure Middle Tennessee’s men captured their second Conference USA Indoor Track and Field title in three years.
For the women,it was a similar story albeit the ladies could only place third at the end of the athletics championship.
Egbeniyi was far below her best in the 800m but still managed to outrun her competitors to win the two full laps race in 2:10.94, about four seconds slower than her personal season’s best of 2:06.59 she ran early this month at athletics even in Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA.
The Nigerian 800m indoor record holder holds a personal best of 2:04.45 set two years
ago in Boston.
In the 60m, Francis also made the podium, finishing third in 7.48 seconds, 0.02 seconds slower than her personal season’s best of 7.46 seconds she ran in Nashville, Tennessee penultimate weekend.
Francis holds a personal best of 7.37 seconds in the event.
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