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Akwu named Sun Belt Track Athlete of the Week

Claimed two titles at last week's Kentucky Invitational

January 16, 2013 · Athletic Communications

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NEW ORLEANS - Middle Tennessee's Noah Akwu was named the Sun Belt Male Track Athlete of the Week as announced by the conference office Wednesday.

Akwu, who represented Nigeria in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, nabbed both the men's 60 meter and 200 meter dash titles at the Kentucky Invitational last Saturday. 

In the 60-meter race, Akwu qualified third with a time of 6.85 seconds, and improved by .11 seconds (6.74) in the finals to claim the title. 

Akwu's second title of the day came in the men's 200 meter dash, where he finished just .5 seconds behind the track record, set by U.S. Olympian Tyson Gay in 2004. Akwu crossed the line in 20.91, over .6 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor, Arnez Hardnick of Tennessee (21.54).

This is Akwu's first career indoor track and field Sun Belt award and the third for Middle Tennessee this season.  Rosina Amenebede and Cordairo Golden picked up honors last week.

The Blue Raiders are back in action this weekend at the Niswonger Invitational in Johnson City, Tenn., Jan 18-19.

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