Former Nigerian Junior Champion, Raymond Ekevwo has officially transferred from Oral Roberts University (ORU) to University of Florida (UF), for the rest of his collegiate career in US.
The UF track and field and cross country program made this known on their website, announcing their 15 new intakes for 2018-2019 season, of which the Nigerian youngster was among.
Ekevwo, gained track scholarship to study in ORU less than a year ago, after his outstanding performances on the home front which saw him become the best junior and one of the next rated sprinters in Nigeria.
He quickly made his presence known in ORU, racing to the fastest times the school has produced in over a decade. In his first collegiate race, he etched his name second on the 60m all-time performers list, clocking 6.69s which ranks behind ORU’s record holder Virgil Maddox time of 6.56s set in 1999.
The Delta State born athlete capped his indoor season on another high, winning the 60m Summit League Indoor title and placing 4th in the 200m, thereby earning him the award male Newcomer of the Championship.
Outdoors he ran a wind assisted 100m time of 10.24s (2.2m/s) and massive personal best of 20.92s in the 200m, before an hamstring injury cut his budding season off for the rest of the year, missing out on both the World Junior and African Championships.
The sprints sensation will be joining an elite league of US best college athletes at UF, with the school’s men’s team, this past march, winning their eighth Division I NCAA Championship since 2010.
He’ll have the opportunity of not just competing in the nation’s leading college athletics team, but also training alongside compatriot, Kunle Fasasi who’s recorded massive 400m personal best’s and helped the Gator’s 4x400m team to several titles in the NCAA’s since joining three years ago.
Speaking to us on his transfer from ORU to UF, Ekevwo said “Firstly, I would like to take this time to thank ORU for the opportunity given to me in this past year. It’s sad for me to say, but I’ve decided to continue my athletics and academics career at UF. I would like to thank Coach Dial for believing in my ability before coming to US. I believe UF will help me better in achieving my dreams of becoming a better athlete.”
And on his choice of picking UF out of several NCAA Division I school’s that came for him “UF has a good team, great facilities and great program that would enable me achieve my dreams of becoming a better athlete. Also, Fasasi played a big role in my choice as well.” he said.
Here’s Ekevwo’s major career achievements and accolades in the past two years:
Personal Best’s: 100m (10.35s); 200m (20.92s); 60m (6.69s); 200mI (22.02s)
- 2016 Nigeria 100m Junior Champion
- 2016 IAAF World U20 Championship qualifier (100m)
- 2018 Summit League 60m Indoor Champion
- Competed in seven meets as a freshman for Oral Roberts.