Ejiro Okoro finishes third on day three of NCAA Championships

Ryan Young

Ese and Ejiro Okoro took to the track again June 13, day three of the NCAA Track and Field Championships. The sisters, both seniors, finished out their ISU careers by each earning first-team All-American honors.

Ejiro, who qualified June 11 for the 800-meter final, started in lane eight of June 13’s event. After starting on the outside looking in, Ejiro worked her way back to finish third overall.

Ejiro finished with a time of 2 minutes, 3.37 seconds, her new all-time best in the event. Her time is also good for the second-fastest in ISU history in the women’s 800-meter at the national championships.

Ese, who qualified June 11 in the 400-meter hurdles, finished eighth overall due to a disqualification. Approaching the eighth and final hurdle, Ese lost her balance, and knocked the hurdle over with her hand.

Ese’s performance in the qualification round was enough to give her first-team All-American status, when she finished with a time of 56.67 seconds.

The NCAA Championships will conclude June 14.