Nigeria’s new queen of the track Favour Ofili has been named among 10 collegiate athletes to watchout for in the forthcoming conference championships by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The 19 year old, Port Harcourt-born sprinter is making the Bowerman list for the second time this outdoor season and has been named as one to watchout for after posting incredible performances in the 100m and 200m events.
The Nigerian ran a blistering 21.96s in the half lap event in mid-April and followed it up with two very quick 100ms on her home track last weekend.
The most recent was a 10.93 victory in the LSU Invitational to move to No. 8 all-time collegian after a wind-aided 10.90 as the top collegian in the LSU Alumni Gold.
Ofili also anchored LSU’s 4×100 relay team (42.69 best this year) and leads off the 4×400 (3:29.88). Indoors, Ofili was runner-up in the NCAA 200 while taking seventh in the 60m.
The World U20 triple medallist was also named as the Southeastern conference, SEC, women’s track athlete of the week.
It’s the second award of the season for the Nigerian outdoors. She earned it with her incredible performance in the 100m event, a race in which she also beat three Olympic/world medalists whilst doing so in defeating Mikiah Brisco (10.98), Aleia Hobbs (11.11) and Jenna Prandini (11.15).
The time of 10.93 by Ofili is the fifth fastest in LSU history, eighth fastest in collegiate history, No. 5 in African history, No. 3 in Nigerian history, and it ranks as the fourth fastest wind legal time in the world this season.