The fastest man in Nigeria, Favour Ashe, the 200-meter national record holder, Favour Ofili, and Godson Brume head the list of the top college athletes that will compete at the South Eastern Conference Championships in the United States of America from May 11 to May 13.
Ashe is anticipated to race in the 100-meter event, where he will attempt to defend his SEC championship while wearing the colors of Auburn University.
He had a difficult indoor season due to injuries, forcing him to withdraw from the NCAA Indoor Championships 60-meter final even though he had won the SEC 60-meter championship.
Ashe will be aiming to put his injury problems behind him as he pursues a successful championship defense, despite the fact that he hasn’t participated in outdoor competition this season.
However, his countryman Godson Brume, who has been in the greatest form of his career this year, is poised to cause a significant upset in his pursuit.
With a record of 9.97 seconds, the standout sprinter for Louisiana State University (LSU) owns this season’s best all-conditions 100-meter time by a Nigerian. At the SEC Indoor Championships, Brume finished second to Ashe in the 60-meter race and took home the bronze medal.
Ofili will therefore try to defend her 100- and 200-meter crowns. After her record-breaking indoor season, the LSU poster girl has not had a great start to the outdoor season either.
Ofili will need to be at her best to go faster than the 10.93s and 22.02s she posted to win the titles last year, having raced 11.27s on her season debut last week.
Her colleague Ella Onojuvwevwo will compete in the 200 and 400-meter races in the meantime, hoping to at least make the final as they will also team up for the 4×400-meter race.
Abasiono Akpan will compete in the 400-meter hurdles competition and hopes to beat her Auburn freshman mark. She will compete for her school in the 4x400m relay team.