By Dare Esan:
‘Lagos’ girl Aminat Olowora was the cynosure of all eyes at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Indoor Championships Saturday at David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA.
The Nigerian who has been on a record-shattering spree since she joined Oklahoma City University in 2015 from Southwestern College in California led her University to second place in the championships with two individual titles in the one mile and the 3000m.
She was also a member of the 4x800m relay and distance medley relay teams who won NAIA championships as well.
Olowora who was named the Most Valuable Performer of the meet won the one-mile run in 4:48.01 to set a new school record.She was behind by 10 seconds with 400 meters to go but came back to win in what her school track and field head coach Matt Aguero described “as the best finishing kick I have ever seen.”
The Nigerian also took home gold in the 3000m in 9:46.78.
Olowora has been a revelation since she won three titles as a Lagos state athlete at the National Sports festival held in Lagos in 2012.Two years ago she ran 33:43.00 at the Arnie Robinson Invitational in San Diego, United States of America to set a new Nigeria 10,000m record.
She followed up with the 5,000m national record last year in Portland,Oregon where she ran 15:47.6 (hand-timed).
As the hottest Nigerian middle and long distance runner since last year, athletics observers hope the Athletic Federation of Nigeria will include her in the country’s team to the IAAF World Cross Country Championships which holds on March 26 in Kampala, Uganda.
Meanwhile Abike Egbeniyi, one of coach Tony Osheku’s athletes, set a new 2:04.47 800m national indoor record late last month at the Vanderbilt Commodore Invitational in Nashville, Tenneessee.