Weekend Wrap: Grace Anigbata and Ruth Usoro shine at NJCAA Indoor Championships; Tega Odele makes impressive comeback
The NJCAA Indoor Championships, proved to be a medal winning ground for two Nigerian young jumpers, as they shown brilliantly for their schools with Grace Anigbata, topping the list.
Anigbata, a January transfer to Cloud County Community College this year, immediately stamped her feet as the best female field athlete by winning the Triple and High Jump titles.
In the Triple Jump, she leapt to an impressive Personal Record, School Record and Facility Record of 13.17m, which is a commendable improvement from her previous best of 13.09m set at their conference championships.
While in the High Jump, she defied all odds using the outdated scissors style to scale the height of 1.76m, also a new Personal and School Record.
This is a huge achievement for the African Champion, considering she had never performed in the indoor circuit and with the way she’s admirable adjusted to the US college system in a short time, it can only be signs of greater and better things ahead.
The second Nigerian that also made her presence felt on the podium is, Ruth Usoro. She got things done by winning Silver medals in the Long and Triple Jump.
Usoro, leapt to a distance of 5.97m to get the 2nd position points for her school South Plains College, and followed it up with another 2nd place finish in the Triple Jump, leaping to 12.50m behind Anigbata.
Elsewhere at the varsity sports meet in South Africa, former National 200m Champion, Tega Odele bounced back to getting close to his 2015 form by running a huge outdoor season opener of 20.60s, placing him 4th in the race which was won by homeboy Luxolo Adams, with 20.30s.
Odele will be glad with his performance, as this is the fastest he’s gone since his 2015 breakout year. And it also speaks volume on how competitive the event will be in Nigeria, having Divine Oduduru, Charles Okezie and Emmanuel Arowolo in the mix.