Ruth Usoro Gives Texas Tech Her First Outdoor Title


Nigeria’s student athlete, Ruth Usoro made history once again as she got her school, Texas Tech her first outdoor title at the NCAA championship in Eugene on Saturday.

Ruth Usoro earned a firm footing in the lead at a third-round 14.19 (-0.7) to hold off Jasmine Moore’s late rally at a last-ditch 14.13 (-0.2) with Michelle Fokam third at a breakthrough 14.04 (1.4, PB), first time over 14m, in the women’s Triple Jump.

Usoro uncorked a jump of 46 feet, 6 3/4 inches — into a little negative wind, no less. That came on her third attempt, and it stood up through the other jumpers’ three attempts each in the finals.

The victory capped a banner school year for Usoro, who also swept the Big 12 triple-jump titles indoor and outdoor and won the Big 12 long jump indoors. She’s unbeaten in the triple jump in seven competitions since January.

She becomes the 8th Texas Tech track and field/cross country athlete and 4th woman to win more than one NCAA title. The other women: Sally Kipyego 9, Leigh Daniel 2, Zarriea Willis 2. The men: Divine Oduduru 4, Kennedy Kithuka 2, Jacorian Duffield 2, Trey Culver 2.

Usoro also helped her school to finish eleventh at the final standings of the event with 19 points.