Competitors named National Athletes of the Week

Women’s Track & Field team wins David Noble ASU Relays

By Rosanna Aguilera
On April 13, 2018

Photo by Marsalis Mahome
Kami Norton, senior, jumps over a hurdle in the 400-meter hurdles. Norton had seasonal best times in both the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles.

 

ASU sophomores Nils Fisher and Daisy Osakue were selected as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Division II National Athletes of the Week after their performances at the David Noble ASU Relays this weekend. 

The women’s team won first place, while the men’s team finished second. 

The Rambelles scored 191.5 points to win, ahead of Texas A&M Commerce with 121.5 points. The Rams scored 148 points, coming right behind Pittsburg State with 150 points. 

The Rams and Rambelles combined had 18 national marks with five automatic qualifiers in the men’s decathlon, women’s shot put, women’s discus, women’s high jump and men’s javelin. 

Osakue also threw the hammer and shot put this weekend.

Osakue broke the NCAA Division II collegiate outdoor record on discus. 

Her throw was measured at 195’-11” (59.72 meters), breaking the previous record of 58.87 meters set in 2013. 

After this meet, she automatically qualified for nationals in shot put after recording a personal best outdoor throw of 51’-7.75. 

Nationally, she is No. 1 in the discus and No. 3 in shot put. 

“I’m so happy that all the sacrifices and all the work actually gave results,” Osakue said. “I don’t know how to explain this.”

Osakue said everyone was cheering for her, and it made her very happy.

Osakue said she was very ready but tried to keep it cool because she was anxious.

“I told myself, ‘let me just do what I know how to do’ on my third throw,” Osakue said.

Osakue said that third throw was the best throw she ever felt.

“When we talk about discus, we talk about when you feel your finger giving the last touch on the disc that means the throw was going to be nice, and this was the first time I felt it,” Osakue said. “That proves that we have been working right, and I’m so excited for the season.”

Fisher had the best javelin throw in all divisions with a throw of 244’-6” (74.53-meters); this was the second-best throw of his career.

The throw ranks at No. 7 in Division II history. 

The teams will compete at the West Texas A&M Invite in Canyon, Texas, on April 21 and in Abilene for the Abilene Christian Invite on April 26. 

On May 3-5, the teams will be back at home at the LeGrand Stadium for the Lone Star Conference Championships. 

 

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