Miners Place Well at African Championships
Former and current UTEP track and field standouts earned gold at the 17th African Athletics Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, this past weekend.
Olympic medalist and four-time NCAA champion Blessing Okagbare was the star for the Nigerian federation at the African Championships. Okagbare broke a 12-year old championship record when she crossed the finish line in the women’s 100m with a time of 11.03 for first. The Beijing bronze medalist also took gold in the long jump and was the anchor in the first place 4x100m relay that also set a championship record with a time of 43.45.
Former Miner Oludamola Osayomi was also part of the 400m relay and took the 200-meter dash crown with a time of 23.36. Osayomi was third in the women’s 100m.
Current UTEP sprinter Anderson Mutegi finished sixth in the men’s 200m (20.81) and the 400m (45.62) for Kenya. Mutegi was the second leg for the Kenyan 4x100m relay that finished fourth (39.40).
Endurance Abinuwa, who will enter her junior season as a Miner in the upcoming athletic season, clocked in at 23.73 in the women’s 200m for a fifth-place finish.