Okwelogu Captures First Team All-America Honors at NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

Okwelogu Captures First Team All-America Honors at NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

Nikki Okwelogu earned the first All-America honor of her career Saturday (Brian Panoff).

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore Nikki Okwelogu brought her historic 2015 indoor track and field season to a brilliant conclusion Saturday afternoon, earning first team All-America honors with a sixth-place finish in the shot put.

Hosted at the University of Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track Center, the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships featured the best athletes from across the nation and Okwelogu proved she belonged early on. In her first throw of the NCAA championships, Okwelogu re-wrote the Ivy League record book once again, launching the shot put 56-6 (17.22 meters) to beat her own conference record of 56-2 (17.12 meters) set at Heps. Okwelogu finished the trials in third overall to earn a spot in the finals.

That first throw of the day would go on to be her longest of the day, earning her sixth in the nation and All-America accolades. Okwelogu becomes the 14th woman in program history to be named All-America and joins Adabelle Ekechukwu '14 as the only other thrower to earn that distinction.

Okwelogu and the Crimson will now turn their attention to the outdoor season which begins at the Texas Southern Relays in Houston, Texas March 20.