… wins 100m, 200m And 4x100m races
Favour Ofili, a Nigerian sprinter, was one of the main stars when she beat Kentucky’s Abby Steiner in two short races after winning the 4×100 relay with Alia Armstrong, Tionna Beard-Brown, and Thelma Davies at the Southeastern Conference outdoor finals on Saturday night.
Ofili dominated the Ole Miss track, winning the 100 and 200 meters as well as the second leg of the Tigers’ winning 4×100-meter relay.
However, Florida pulled ahead in the final two events to win the women’s crown with 107 points, despite the sophomore’s valiant effort.
Arkansas was second with 103 points and LSU was third with 96½, while Kentucky (85) and Texas A&M (74) rounded out the top five.
Arkansas won the men’s crown with 121 points while Alabama took second with 116. Tennessee (84), Florida (78) and Georgia (75) completed the top five. LSU was seventh with 70.
With Ofili scoring 22½ points by herself, LSU held a 1½-point advantage over Florida with 19 of 21 events in the books.
But the Gators got a second-place finish from Parker Valby in the 5,000 meters and clinched the title with a fifth-place effort from its 4×400 relay team to hold off Arkansas.
They ran in a season’s-best time of 42.59 seconds, while Kentucky ran 42.63. It was the sixth win in a row for LSU in the event at the SEC meet.
Ofili later came back to win the 100 in 10.93 seconds while running into a slight headwind. That tied her personal record that she set in the LSU Invitational on April 30.
It was the 21st title in the event for the LSU women in 41 SEC championship meets. Steiner was second in 11.02 seconds.
Later, Ofili got the best of Steiner once again in the 200. Ofili, the collegiate record holder at 21.96 seconds, won with a 22.04 while Steiner settled for second at 22.07.
Recently, she broke Blessing Okagbare’s 200 metres National Record at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic 2022.
Okagbare previously held the National Record since 2018 with a time of 22.04 seconds but Ofili ran a blistering 21.96 secs to also become the first collegian athlete to ever go sub 22 secs.
With the time, she also emerged as the first Nigerian female to break 22secs in the women’s 200m.
She also set a new National Record, NCAA Record. Her time is also the fastest in the world this year, the fastest ever in the NCAA and a new School Record.