The first day of NCAA division 1 championship in New Mexico on Friday (10th) sparked up with a lot of records.
It was the long jump that first threw the record salvo when Jasmine Moore leaped into a new collegiate record of 7.03m to win and thereby erased Tara Davis 6.93m collegiate record.
Then in the 60m heats, the light footed Julie Alfred improved her collegiate record from 6.97s to 6.96s. Nigeria Rosemary Chukwuma 7.23s could not take her to final like wise improved Ezinne Abba 7.14s. Favour Ofili comfortable qualified with her 7.13s run.
In the 60m hurdles heats, Ackera Nugent displayed supreme hurdling to beat the current collegiate record holder Masai Russell with 7.72s new collegiate record to Russell’s 7.78s.
Then in the 200m heats, Nigeria Favour Ofili took everyone into the cleaner by flew into a new African record in 22.11s narrowly missed the collegiate record by three hundred of seconds. Alfred recorded 22.38s, while Nigeria Chukwuma will miss the final after finishing in an impressive 22.80s.
In the men 60m, Nigeria Favour Ashe was the fastest in the heats with a personal best of 6.51s. Another Nigeria, Akintola Alaba did not qualify with his 6.61s finish.
Another Nigerian, Udodi Onwuzurike was also the fastest in 200m heats in a personal best of 20.17s. Alaba was disqualified.
The 400m brought out some sparks as Christopher Bailey raced to the line in 45.33s. Nigeria hurdler, Nathaniel Ezekiel improved his personal best into the final with 45.69s effort.
We have a collegiate record in the pole vault after Sondre Guttormsen vaulted 6.0m. McLeod Carey took long jump title with 8.40m jump.