Adu wins national crown for Tritons
LEVELLAND, Tex. — Victoria Adu continues to add her name to both the NJCAA and Iowa Central track and field record books this season.
Adu, who claimed the indoor title this past March in the weight throw, won the outdoor hammer throw event here on Tuesday on the first day of the NJCAA Track and Field Championships.
The freshman from Berlin, Germany recorded the third-best throw all-time in the event, placing ahead of teammate Ashley Micheaux. With her third throw of the day, Adu locked in a school-record 59.77m, one of four attempts over 58m.
Micheaux claimed silver with a toss of 56.33m.
Adu battled not only the field, but herself during the days leading into nationals.
“This victory was a little bit more special for me seeing as I was sick the whole week and wasn’t able to practice that much,” she said. “But I was still able to come out and perform. I just want to take this momentum into the offseason and come back even better next year.
“It means so much to come out and win outdoor nationals following the indoor season.”
Iowa Central’s quest for a team title was given another boost when the 4×800-meter relay of Shaunti Longfellow, Lilia Alvarez, Josie Stackis and Rosalie Fish placed fourth in 9:55.93. The women’s 4×100-meter relay also qualified for the finals.
In the heptathlon, Kiya Wulf positioned herself for a strong finish, as she is fifth after four events. Wulf was third in both the 100 hurdles and high jump, sixth in the shot put and seventh in the 200.
On the men’s side, Eliot Cummings and William Richardson each finished fourth in their events. Cummings went 7.22m in the long jump and Richardson had a throw of 52.94m in the hammer.
The 4×800-meter relay of Darius Brown, Kelvin Bungei, Cassius Havis and Robin Aguilar Gonzalez placed sixth in 7:50.29. Iowa Central’s 4×100-meter relay also qualified for the finals.
Nicola Paletti and Aries Scott knocked off five events in the decathlon, as Paletti is third and Scott fourth.
Paletti finished second in both the long jump and high jump, was eighth in the 100 and 400, and ninth in the shot put. Scott placed second in the 400, third in the long jump, fourth in both the 100 and high jump, and 15th in the shot put.
Enoch Antwi was 15th in the long jump and Scott 16th.
Action continues through Thursday.