Male runner of the week
Godson Oghenebrume, LSU
Godson Oghenebrume then clocked his first-ever sub-10 100 meters clocking 9.97 seconds (+2.3 m/s) at LSU Alumni Gold. His new all-conditions PR ranks second in the country and third in Africa. Oghenebrume was part of the 4×100 meter relay team that placed first with a time of 38.36 seconds, beating Team Canada who are the only team in the world to drop below 38 this year . The time of 38.36 places the team fourth in the world and also on the LSU all-time list.
Male Field Athlete of the Week
Roje Stona, Arkansas
Rojé Stona set a meet record by winning the John McDonnell Invitational with a career-best 65-10.5 (20.08), which is No. 3 on Arkansas’ all-time list. Currently, he is the only middle schooler ranked in the top five in shot put and discus this season. Stona bettered the meet record of 64-2.5 (19.57) set by Oklahoma’s Kevin Bookout in 2007 to his first-round mark of 64-8.75 (19.73). A second-round improvement measured 65-3.25 (19.89). Then, in round five, Stona added an extra seven inches to his winning distance with a 65-10.5 (20.08) and beat teammate Jordan West in the process.
Male Freshman of the Week
Jordan Turner, Kentucky
Jordan Turner won his second long jump competition of the season at the Michael Johnson Invitational. He reached his winning mark (7.80m/25-0.75) twice before succeeding on his last two attempts in victory. Turner remains ranked seventh nationally and is the top freshman in the event.
Female runner of the week
Masai Russell, Kentucky
Masai Russell has won three victories at the Michael Johnson Invitational. Her stadium record time of 12.50 (1.1) was enough for victory in the 100 hurdles, and she was also a member of two relay teams that won at the weekend. The 4×100 won with a time of 43:38 and the 4×400 won with a season best time of 3:28.21 which ranks at No. 5 on the UK’s All Time Artist List and at No. 6 nationally.
Female Athletes of the Week in the Field
Lamara Distin, Texas A&M
Lamara Distin won the high jump at the LSU Alumni Gold meet with a clearance over 6-4.75/1.95m, surpassing his season best of 6-4/1.93m from Mt. BAG. The mark is a national lead and is just two centimeters short of its personal best of 6-5.5/1.97m from last April. Distin made three attempts at 6-6.75/2.00m, missing all of them. His first attempt at a potential college record looked good until his recovery cut the bar, knocking it down.
Veronica Fraley earned two first-place finishes in the discus and shot put at the Indiana Invitational. His throw of 59.27m was more than five meters further than the second in the discus throw. She currently leads the SEC and ranks fourth in the NCAA. Fraley posted a personal best for winning the shot put with a throw of 17.33 meters. During six throws, three exceeded the bar of 17 meters.
Female freshman of the week
Ariane Linton, Arkansas
Ariane Linton set career-best scores in the 100m and 200m at the John McDonnell Invitational, finishing second in college and third overall in the 100m with a 11.31 as well as the 200m with a 23.16. On Arkansas’ all-time list, Linton is No. 8 in the 100m and No. 10 in the 200m. Last weekend, Linton was the fastest rookie among all brands in the 100m and tied for third-best middle schooler in the 100m among wind-allowed brands. In the 200m, Linton was the second-best freshman over the weekend and had the sixth fastest time among wind-allowed marks.