Okwelogu Named ECAC New England Region Athlete of the Week

Photo courtesy of Tim O'Dowd
Photo courtesy of Tim O'Dowd

DANBURY, Conn. – Sophomore thrower Nikki Okwelogu has been recognized by the ECAC as its Division I New England Athlete of the Week, as announced by the conference Wednesday afternoon.

Okwelogu shined at the UVA Challenge, breaking the Ivy League record in the shot put. She becomes the first women in Ancient Eight history to go over 55 feet with a 55-0.75 (16.78 meters) throw.

Her spring season has picked up right where she left off indoors, when she finished sixth at the NCAA Championships to earn first team All-America honors.

Outdoor championship season gets underway for Harvard with the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships May 9-10 at Penn where Okwelogu will look to defend her 2014 title in the shot put.