Otuonye Places Third at NACAC Championships

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Junior track and field athlete Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye had a strong performance at the NACAC (North American Central American Caribbean) Championships over the weekend, placing third in the long jump while representing Turks and Caicos.

Jumping a total of six times, Otuonye posted a mark of 7.71m/25-03.50 (1.1 w) in his second jump to take bronze in the event. It was his third-longest leap of the outdoor season.   

“I thought he did a good job. He was third with a legal 7.71 jump,” head coach Cliff Rovelto said. “The winds were swirling and the jumpers in general struggled. He actually handled the winds pretty well. He looks good physically and is looking forward to Beijing (IAAF World Championships).”

All-American Akela Jones took seventh in the 100 meter hurdles final with a time of 13.08, while fellow junior Sonia Gaskin took eighth in the 800 meter run, posting a time of 2:10.86. 

“Akela ran 13.09 and 13.08 her two fastest times under all conditions,” said Rovelto. “She has now run five consecutive races between 13.11 and 13.08. That's remarkable consistency and I believe she is ready to run sub 13 which for an athlete of her height is special. Sonia ran one of her better races of late in the qualifying round and struggled in the final. She's had a long year and will benefit from a break.”

Final results for all of the events at the NACAC Championships can be found here.

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