The duo of Kelechi Nwanaga and Fabian Edoki, have officially declared they’ll be finishing the rest of their collegiate career in one of NCAA’s leading colleges, Florida State University (FSU).
Nwanaga who’s the Nigerian Record (NR) holder in the Javelin Throw, left Nigeria in 2018 to study in University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). While in the school, she broke the event’s school record on several occasions and got to the final of the NCAA Championships, placing 4th as a freshman.
Her performances as a freshman in UMBC were so impressive that it got pundits talking on her being an eye to keep on, and even earned a spot on our top Nigerian athletes that can stun the NCAA’s in 2019 season.
Sadly, this year wasn’t a smooth sailing ride for the African Champion in the college circuit, as she failed to hit her top form and most especially falling short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
Her season’s best mark of 53.39m, is way below her African Championships winning distance of 56.96m last year, and her NR of 58.15m in 2017.
Meanwhile Edoki, graduated as a standout Long and Triple Jumper at South Plains College (SPC), before transferring to Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) for his junior year in 2019.
At MTSU, he blossomed and had a more consistent season getting to the finals of the NCAA Indoor Championships and his season’s best of 8.01m closed as No.3 on the NCAA indoor list.
Outdoors he leapt to 8.00m and though he qualified for the NCAA Championships, he didn’t show up due to reasons unknown, ending his junior year.
The Long Jump sensation will now finish his collegiate career in FSU, which is one of the top ranked schools in the event in US.
Both Nwanaga and Edoki, will aim to have career defining performances in FSU, which will be of great importance in their bid to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.