NAMPA, Ida. – Led by Vivian Chukwuemeka’s victories in the women’s shot put and weight throw and the Cougars’ sweep of the men’s and women’s distance medley relays, Azusa Pacific won 5 of 29 events at the United Heritage Invitational held today at Jacksons Track in Nampa, Ida., just outside Boise.
Only UCLA had more event victories, taking 9 between the men’s and women’s competition.
Chuwuemeka not only easily won the weight throw (62’ 3 ¾”) and shot put (56’ 9½”) but she also qualified in both events for the NAIA Indoor Championships which are 4 weeks away. Likewise both distance medley relays punched their ticket for the NAIA indoors, the men running a nation-leading 10:13.67 while the women clocked a 12:04.7.
Sophomore All-American Tony Ramirez won the men’s 400 meters with a fine early-season time of 48.23.
In all, over 45 Cougars competed in what will prove to be their only actual indoor event before taking off for the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships which will be held in Johnson City, Tennessee.