Udodi Onwuzurike Photo. Twitter @udodii
Fast rising Team Nigeria sprinter, Udodi Onwuzurike on Friday set the track ablaze in the men’s 100m quarterfinals at the American National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) West Preliminaries in Sacramento.
Onwuzurike, the Stanford University standout sprinter, fielded in for the second heat and
powered to a massive Personal Best (PB) of 9.92 Seconds (1.4), to become the first Nigerian man to run under the 10-second barrier this season.
The timing also makes him the 13th Nigerian man to ever run the distance in under 10 Seconds; and he was only 0.07 Seconds away from the Nigerian record of 9.85 Seconds set by Olusoji Fasuba
With his time of 9.92 Seconds, Onwuzurike also set a new School Record, by breaking the mark which he held previously.
In achieving all these he defeated the NCAA Leader, Terrence Jones who ran 9.93 Seconds and powerhouse Micah Williams who was third in 10.04 Seconds.
Onwuzurike thus ties Seun Ogunkoya for 3rd on the Nigerian all-time list and now leads a charge of five Nigerian men to the NCAA Championships in Austin, as Karlington Anunagba also qualified in that same race with a 10.17s run for 5th.
The trio of Favour Ashe, Godson Brume and Alaba Akintola had earlier secured qualification at the NCAA East Preliminaries in Jacksonville.
It was a good day in office for the Team Nigeria youngsters, as Ezekiel Nathaniel easily qualified for the NCAA Championships, by winning his 400 meters hurdles quarterfinal at the West Prelims in Sacramento with a time of 49.04 Seconds.
Nathaniel won ahead of Cass Elliott in 2nd with 49.57 Seconds.
Writing by Chinedum Ohanusi; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Annabel Nwachukwu