Four Athletes From T&F To Compete at U20 World Championships
Baton Rouge, La. – Four representatives of the LSU track and field team will compete at the IAAF U20 World Championships this week in Nairobi, Kenya at the Moi International Sports Center. The representatives are Favour Ofili (Nigeria), Godson Oghenebrume (Nigeria), Garriel White (Jamaica), and Lorena Rangel (Mexico).
Opening ceremonies take place Tuesday night before competition begins on Wednesday (August 18). The meet will run through August 22. The World U20 Championships bring together the most talented under 20 athletes in the world every two years. However, this will be the first world U20 meet since 2018 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ofili and Batres competed for LSU during the 2021 season on the track, while White and Oghenebrume will make their LSU debuts in 2022. Ofili is schedule to run in the 200 meters and on Nigeria’s 4×100 meter relay team, and Batres will be running the 800 meters. Oghenebrume is set to do the 100 meters and run on Nigeria’s 4×100 meter relay team, and White will spike up and run the 400 meter hurdles.
Oghenebrume – 100m – Heats – August 18 – 2:20 a.m. CT
Ogenebrume – 100m – Semis – August 18 – 8:40 a.m. CT
White – 400m Hurdles – Heats – August 19 – 1 a.m. CT
Rangel – 800m – Heats – August 19 – 2:50 a.m. CT
Oghenebrume – 100m – Finals – August 19 – 9:50 a.m. CT
Ofili – 200m – Heats – August 20 – 3 a.m. CT
Rangel – 800m – Semis – August 20 – 8:20 a.m. CT
Ofili – 200m – Semis – August 20 – 8:40 a.m. CT
Rangel – 800m – Finals – August 21 – 8:45 a.m. CT
Ofili – 200m – Finals – August 21 – 10 a.m. CT
White – 400m Hurdles – Finals – August 22 – 7 a.m. CT
Women’s 4x100m Relay – Finals – August 22 – 8:30 a.m. CT
Men’s 4x100m Relay – Finals – August 22 – 8:45 a.m. CT
Ofili earned four First Team All-America honors during her first year in the Purple and Gold. She will have a great chance to medal at the meet as she enters with the third fastest U20 time in the world this year in the 200 meters; she ran a 22.30 at the NCAA East Preliminaries on May 29 for that ranking.
Batres enters the meet with a personal best of 2:04.98 in the 800 meters that she ran at the 2021 LSU Invitational on the first day of May. She enters the meet ranked No. 25 on the U20 world list in the 800 meters.
White comes into the U20 meet with a season’s best of 57.28 that she clocked in late June at the Jamaican U20 Championships. That time of 57.28 won her the U20 Jamaican title and it has her ranked No. 4 in the world this year for U20 athletes.
Lastly, Oghenebrume comes in with a personal best of 10.13 seconds in the 100 meter dash that puts him right in the midst of medal contention. That time of 10.13 earned him a fourth place finish at the Nigerian Trials as only an 18-year old, and it ranks as the third fastest time in the world this year by a junior athlete.