Edobi to represent Nigeria at IAAF World Relays

April 19, 2017



Junior sprinter Jenn Edobi and assistant coach Donnie Young will travel to Nassau, Bahamas this weekend for the IAAF World Relays. Edobi will represent Nigeria in the 4x400 relay and Young will serve as one of the coaches for the Nigerian staff over the weekend. The 4x400 relay prelims will take place at 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Saturday and the finals will be at 8:10 p.m. (CT) Sunday evening.

Having already represented Nigeria during the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, this weekend will mark the second time that Edobi has competed for the Nigerian National Team at a world meet. She also competed at the 2016 Olympic Trials in Sapele, Nigeria, where she finished 11th overall with a time of 54.48 in the 400-meter dash.

Edobi has enjoyed a strong season for Vanderbilt in 2017 and has already set personal-best marks in the 200, 400 and 800-meters this year. She holds 17 spots on Vanderbilt track & field's all-time top 10 performance lists, including three school records. Here is a full chart of her marks that rank among the top 10 in Vanderbilt history:

Jenn Edobi    
SeasonEventMark/TimeVU All-Time RankYear
Indoor500m1:13.661st2016
IndoorDMR11:19.341st2015
Outdoor4x2001:37.451st2015
Indoor400m53.472nd2017
Outdoor200m24.172nd2017
Outdoor400m53.162nd2017
Indoor600m1:31.742nd2015
Indoor4x4003:37.952nd2015
Indoor200m24.743rd2016
IndoorDMR11:22.963rd2016
Indoor4x4003:38.984th2015
OutdoorSprint Medley3:55.625th2016
Indoor4x4003:42.736th2017
Outdoor4x4003:39.847th2016
Indoor800m2:09.168th2017
Indoor4x4003:43.658th2017
Outdoor4x4003:40.688th2016


Quoting assistant coach Donnie Young:
On Jenn getting to compete at the IAAF Relays:
"This is a tremendous opportunity for Jenn. The World Relays is a unique meet as it features only relays and it will showcase some of the best runners in the world. For Jenn, this will be the second time that she has competed for Nigeria -- she first made the Nigerian World Juniors Team back in 2014. To say that Jenn is excited would be an understatement."

On the opportunity to serve as a coach at the meet:
"It is an honor for me to have been selected to be a coach for the Nigerian Team. They have such a great history of sprinters throughout the years and to be there alongside Jenn will be very special to me."

About the IAAF World Relays

  • 34 countires have submitted entries for a total of 513 athletes to compete at the 2017 edition of the meet.
  • Athletes expected to compete this weekend combine for a total of 177 Olympic individual and relay medals, including 60 gold medals.
  • The meet will feature a total of five relay styles: the 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m, 4x800m and a mixed-gender 4x400m.
  • For more information, please visit the meet's official web page HERE

 

 

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