Okwelogu Readies for NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

Okwelogu Readies for NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

Nikki Okwelogu has the ninth-longest shot put throw in the nation this year (Harvard Athletic Communications).


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore thrower Nikki Okwelogu heads to Fayetteville, Arkansas this weekend to compete in the shot put at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas at the Randall Tyson Track Center.

Okwelogu broke her own Ivy League record in the shot put on Sunday, March 1 at the Heptagonal Championships, setting the new standard at 17.12 meters. That mark is the ninth best in the nation and one of just 10 to break 17 meters. Okwelogu, the Field Performer of the Meet at Heps is the only female thrower from the Ivy League to be selected to participate in the NCAA Championships.

The women's shot put is slated to begin Saturday, March 14 at 3:45 p.m. with the trials and finals scheduled for that time.

NCAA Indoor Track and Field History
A total of 13 women have garnered 21 All-America honors for Harvard women's indoor track and field since 1981. Last season, Erika Veidis '15 took home second team honors in the 800 meters race. That honor was the second consecutive for Veidis. In 2013, Adabelle Ekechukwu '14 and Martina Salander '16 each earned All-America recognition as well, in the weight throw and pentathlon.

Okwelogu can join Ekechukwu as the only two female throwers to earn All-America recognition in Harvard history.