Ofili Sets Records In NCAA Indoor Championships, Qualify For Finals

Nigeria track star Favour Ofili has qualified for the final of the women’s 200m and 60m at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque.

Ofili ran a time of 22.11 seconds (22.18aa) in the 200-meter semifinals which is a school record, meet record, African record, world lead, second in collegiate history, and fourth in world history.

Her previous LSU record was a time of 22.36 seconds which she set back in February at the Tyson Invitational.

She will compete in the final of the women’s 200 meters on Sunday.

In the 60-meter semifinals, Ofili ran a time of 7.14 seconds, which, adjusted for altitude, comes in at 7.16 seconds, just .01 off of her previous personal best of 7.15 seconds.

Her time auto-qualified her for the final tomorrow at 5:51 p.m. The fastest time in the semifinal field was a collegiate record of 6.96 seconds (6.98aa) by Texas’ Julien Alfred.

Her countrywoman, Rosemary Chukwuma was 5th in 7.23s while Julien Alfred won the race in a new NCAA Record of 6.96s.

Rosemary Chukwuma stuttered a bit leaving the blocks, running close to her compatriot Favour Ofil, who secured automatic qualification for the 60m final. Both athletes still have the 200m to contend for.

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