Jan. 29, 2014
IRVING, Texas -
Baylor track and field sophomore Felix Obi
was named the Big 12 Male Co-Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Wednesday.
The El Paso, Texas, native, won the triple jump competition at last weekend's Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Ky., with a school-record jump of 53-2.75 [16.22m]. That currently is the second-best triple jump in the country for 2014 and the best in the Big 12.
Making his season debut in the triple jump, Obi bettered his own previous school record that he established last year at the Big 12 Indoor Championships of 53-1 [16.18m]. Obi currently owns the top five triple jumps in Baylor's indoor history.
In only the second meet of the year, Obi also placed third in the long jump event with a season-best leap of 24-5.75 [7.46m]. He was the second-best collegiate at the meet and he currently owns the second-best long jump in the Big 12 (19th-best in the country).
This is the second time Obi has received recognition from the league, after winning the honor during the 2013 outdoor season.
Obi is the first BU male athlete to win the league's indoor weekly honor since 2008 when Quentin Iglehart-Summers was recognized. In total, BU has had now six male athletes win the award since 2002. Obi joins Jeremy Wariner, Darold Williamson, Jacob Norman, Reggie Witherspoon and Iglehart-Summers, who all won the honor once.
Obi shared this week's honor with Texas' Ryan Crouser.
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