2 Nigerians, others signed for Oral Roberts University student-athlete programme
Two Nigerian students,Victor Peka and Aniekeme Alphonsus are among the seven students that have been signed by the Oral Roberts University (ORU), Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. for its “Student-Athlete’’ programme.
The announcement was made by the institution’s Track and Field Head Coach, Joe Dial on the university’s athletics’ website, www.oruathletics.com on Thursday.
The statement said the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent was one of the programme’s largest early signing classes.
It said that three of the seven had high-level international running experiences with the other four coming from the prep ranks.
The men are Emmanuel Mwewa from Lusaka, Zambia, Christian Patterson of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Victor Peka of Ogidi, Nigeria and would begin their time with the Golden Eagles.
The women are Aniekeme Alphonsus of Ikot Ekpene, Nigeria, Alyssa Solberg of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aliyah Trotter of Arlington, Texas and Heather Ward of Owasso, Oklahoma.
They will join the women’s team for 2017 to 2018 session.
Peka won a gold medal in the 4×100 relay at the 2015 Africa Junior Athletics Championships with a time of 39.99 seconds.
The statement added that Peka chose ORU for its achievements in academics and sports and would enrol in the spring of 2017.
Similarly, Alphonsus is a 100m silver medallist at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.
She ran to a gold medal in the 4×100 relay, a silver medal in the 100m and a bronze in the 200m for Team Nigeria at the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships in Addis Ababa.
She has a personal best of 11.34 seconds in the 100m in 2016.
The statement added that she chose ORU to help her to achieve her dream of getting to the highest position in the sport and aspire to the world class level.
Adeyemi Johnson, Peka’s coach, told NAN that his athlete had always been committed to athletics, adding that he had other plans for him in terms of gaining admission.
He, however, said that he was happy for him for the signing and hoped it would give him the needed steps to being a world-class athlete.
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