Feb. 5, 2010
EL PASO – All-American Blessing Okagbare posted the nation’s best time in the women’s 60-meter dash as the UTEP track and field teams opened competition at the 35th Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday afternoon.
Okagbare finished first in her heat with a time of 7.22 to advance to Saturday’s 60m final. Aside from posting the nation’s top performance, the senior’s time is also a NCAA automatic qualifying time, a meet record and a personal best. Okagbare also qualified for tomorrow’s 200-meter final after recording the day’s best and NCAA provisional time, 23.59.
“It’s been a good meet for us so far,” head coach Bob Kitchens said about Friday’s performances. “We expected this to be a different team from two weeks ago and so far it’s shown.”
The tandem of Dimitrios Fylladitakis and Hans Eriksson threw a pair of provisional marks in the men’s weight throw. Fylladitakis won the event with a distance of 20.90m (68-07.00), while Eriksson finished sixth, 19.72 (64-08.50). Both recorded personal bests in the event.
In the women’s 400-meters, Endurance Abinuwa posted a provisional time en route to qualifying for Saturday’s final with a time of 54.42.
Anderson Mutegi and Curtis Kock won their respective heats to advance to the men’s 400-meter final posting times of 47.84 and 48.47, respectively.
The day’s best time (6.78) in the men’s 60-meter dash puts Ronald Arajs in tomorrow’s final.
Terran Alexander took silver in the women’s weight throw recording a NCAA provisional distance and PR of 18.75m (61-06.25). Laura Macauley also had a personal best in the event, 14.44m (47-04.50).
Alexander returns to competition tomorrow morning in the shot put at 11 a.m., while action on the track begins at 11:15 with freshman Felix Maritim in the men’s mile run.