USC looks sharp in final tune-up before hosting next week's dual meet against UCLA
USC has a strong day overall; Ready for final-day action at Mt. SAC
Selma, Kleinsasser, Ozorai and Conatser Shine At Cal State L.A. Invitational
Trojans enjoy a big first day against top-notch competition
Trojans also to compete at the Cal State L.A. Invitational
THIS YEAR: Sophomore Akawkaw Ndipagbor (A-coco N-dip-AHG-boar) is one of USC's most versatile and talented runners, who specializes in the 400m. She has won titles on the state and national level, and has represented the USA in international competitions.
2012: Ndipagbor posted season-best times in the 100m (11.77) and the 200m (23.73) at the Ben Brown Invitational on March 10, winning the 200m race and placing second in the 100m dash. She ran her fastest 400m race of the season of 54.10 to place eighth at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 20...she also ran a wind-aided 23.80 in the 200m to finish seventh, second among collegians. Was second in the USC-UCLA Dual Meet 400m race with a time of 54.53 on April 29...also ran on the winning 4x100m relay team (43.95) and the second-place 4x400m relay team (3:41.03). Was seventh in the 400m dash (54.88) and 11th in the 200m dash (24.01) at the Pac-12 Championships in Eugene, Ore. from May 12-13...also ran a leg on the second-place 4x100m relay (44.16) and the sixth-place 4x400m relay (3:41.07). Advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in the 400m race by advancing to the NCAA Preliminary Rounds final round where she placed 23rd with a time of 54.13...ran the third leg on the 4x100m relay which ran 44.29 to place sixth and advance to the NCAA Championships. At the NCAAs on June 9, USC's 4x100m relay placed seventh with a time of 44.24 earning Ndipagbor All-America honors in the event...the team ran a season-best 43.94 in the seminfinals on June 6.
High School: Ndipagbor of state champion Long Beach Poly won the 2011 California State Meet 400m title with a time of 53.38 and took second in the 200m dash with a time of 24.05. She won both the 200m and 400m races at the CIF Southern Section and CIF Masters Meet and holds PRs of 23.38 in the 200m and 53.12 in the 400m. Ndipagbor won the 400m race at the Nike Nationals with a time of 54.40. She then ran for the U.S. Junior National Team at the Pan Am Junior Games and placed fifth in the 200m dash with her PR of 23.38. Was an honor roll student.
Personal: Akawkaw was born on April 30, 1993 in Long Beach, Calif..Her parents are Tabenyang Ndipagbor and Awu Ncha and she has four siblings, Tabe, Egbe, Enu and Nikki...Her hobbies include writing, public speaking and being the CEO of Bro Biscuit Productions and Faith Director of USC WTF...Clubs she is involved with include Africa SC, BSA and GlobeMed...Lists her favorite musicians as The Weeknd, Florence Welch and Frank Ocean....Her favorite food is cous cous or mom's cooking...Lists her high school assistant coach Don Norford as her sports hero...Is majoring in Global Health at USC and after USC would like work in developing medical infastructure in underdeveloped countries.
CAREER BESTS: 200m -- 23.38 400m -- 53.12