Jan. 14, 2014
The American Release
Junior jumper Michael Nwankwo has been named the American Athletic Conference Male Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for his performance this past weekend in a dual meet against Akron.
The Xenia, Ohio native had a career day in the triple jump as he won the dual with a personal-best indoor jump of 50’ 0.25”. The mark ranks seventh in the nation and second in the league behind Louisville’s Ben Williams, who leads the nation at 52’ 4.5”.
Nwankwo’s jump also moved him into second on UC’s all-time list surpassing Chris Bean’s jump from 1987 of 49’ 3.5”. The sophomore is now one of two people in Bearcats’ history to record an indoor mark over 50 feet joining five-time All-American Al Lanier, who currently holds both the indoor and outdoor records in triple jump.
He also competed in the long jump and took fifth place with a jump of 21’ 8.75”, which was also an indoor personal record.
Nwankwo is the first student-athlete from the men’s program to earn a conference accolade since April 26, 2011 when Eric Finan was tagged the BIG EAST Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week. He is the first Bearcat to receive any indoor honor of the same capacity in over 15 years since UC reinstated men’s indoor track & field this year as a varsity sport. The last time it was a varsity sport was 1998.