Two Nigerian Athletes, Others Signed Up By American University


Seven athletes, including two Nigerians have been signed up by American University, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa Oklahoma for its Student-Athlete programme.

In a statement on Thursday, the university’s athletics coach, Joe Dial said the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent was one of the programme’s largest early signing classes.

The two Nigerian athletes are Victor Peka, who won gold in the 4×100 relay at the 2015 Africa Junior Athletics Championships with a time of 39.99 seconds, and Aniekeme Alphonsus, who has a personal best of  11.34 seconds in the 100m in 2016.

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The school said three of the seven athletes had high-level international running experiences with the other four coming from the prep ranks.

The seven student-athletes made up of 3 men and 4 women are; Men – Emmanuel Mwewa (Zambian), Christian Patterson and Victor Peka, while the Women are – Aniekeme Alphonsus,  Alyssa Solberg, Aliyah Trotter and Heather Ward.

Alphonsus is a 100m silver medallist at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa. Also, she won gold  in the 4×100 relay, won silver in the 100m and bronze in the 200m for Team Nigeria at the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships in Addis Ababa.

According to the statement, Alphonsus chose Oral Roberts University (ORU) to help her realise her dream of getting to the highest position in sports and aspire to the world class level.

The statement adds that Peka chose ORU for its achievements in academics and sports and would enrol in the spring of 2017.

Peka’s coach, Adeyemi Johnson, speaking to journalists said that his athlete had always been committed to athletics, adding that he had other plans for him in terms of gaining admission.

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A delighted coach Johnson said he is happy for Peka’s signing and hopes it would give him the needed steps to being a world-class athlete.