Akwu earns 200 meter All-American crown

Eighty-seventh All-American title under Hayes

March 11, 2011 · Athletic Communications

College Station, Texas - Middle Tennessee trackman Noah Akwu was crowned NCAA All-American in the 200-meter dash on Friday for his performance at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships. The sophomore placed sixth in a final round time of 20.86 to garner the honor.

Entering Friday night's final, the Egume, Nigeria native placed fifth in the preliminary heat also in a time of 20.86 to qualify for the championship round. Both times just missed just missed Mardy Scales' Middle Tennessee record of 20.84.

Prior to Friday night's race, head coach Dean Hayes had seen his athletes combine for 86 All-American titles. However, this time was unique.

"We do not have a lot of athletes take All-American in this race," he said. "Often our runners will qualify for this race as well as the jumping event and they interfere with each other. I am very proud of him to run that time twice in the same night"

With the title, Akwu becomes just the second Middle Tennessee athlete to be named All-American in the 200-meter dash. Christian Nsiah was crowned such in 1996. He is also the first Blue Raider to win All-American in a track event since Orlando Reid in 2007 and first male indoor winner since Juan Walker in 2006.

His sixth place finish gives the team three point at the championships.

Akwu will rejoin his teammates as they will compete at the 2011 Rhodes Open Meet next weekend. Full results and post-meet coverage will be available on GoBlueRaiders.com.

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