Columbia’s rising senior Nadia Eke was our lone Ivy representative in competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland yesterday. Representing Ghana, Eke competed in the women’s triple jump finals, where she finished 10th overall with a final’s best jump of 12.98 meters (42-07). Eke’s best jump of the competition was set during the preliminary round, where she set a new Ghana national record of 13.14 meters (43-01 1/4) while jumping into a headwind. Eke also helped set a second historical mark for Ghana, as this was the first time two Ghana triple jumpers had qualified for the triple jump finals. The event was won by Jamaica’s Kimberly Williams with a mark of 14.21 meters (46-07 1/2).
It should definitely be noted that three of the six jumps that Eke took while in this competition either equaled or were farther than her previous personal best of 42-04 1/4 (12.92 meters), which is the 7th best mark in Outdoor Ivy history. Her 13.14 meter mark jumps Eke up into the 5th best triple jumper slot in Outdoor Ivy history.
There will be no Ivy action today in Glasgow. However, a Harvard representative notified us that Nikki Okwelogu, who just finished competing at the World Junior Championships in Euguene, Ore., will be competing in tomorrow’s women’s discus preliminary rounds. If anyone else knows of any other Ivy-affiliated athlete competing in the athletics/track and field portion of the Commonwealth Games, let us know in the comments or through the Contact link.
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