FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Brooks PR Invitational 400-meter dash runner-up Obi Igbokwe is the third Texan to be featured in this summer’s #NewHogs series.
The Woodlands native who specializes in the 200 and 400 meter races originally joined the track and field team to assist with his development on the gridiron.
“I got into track and field my freshman year to get better for football however, as the years went on track became more important to me,” Igbokwe said. “I decided I had to sacrifice something good for something great and quit football to focus on track my senior year.”
Shifting gears during his 2015 season proved to be exactly what Igbokwe needed to get the results he wanted. His 400-meter dash PR dropped over a full second from 47.77 to 46.22. He became consistent in his output running sub-47 times on five other occasions throughout the season including his 46.34 performance which earned him the runner-up spot at the Texas 6A State Meet.
In agreement with fellow incoming Arkansas freshman Brendan Rivera and Carlton Orange, Igbokwe felt the family culture the Razorbacks cultivate within their program during his visit to Fayetteville.
“I’ve had the amazing opportunity to travel to different schools throughout the nation but none were on par with Arkansas, especially when it came down to the coaches,” said Igbokwe. “They really made me feel at home and I felt like they truly cared about their athletes.”
Igbokwe capped his senior season ranked seventh in the nation at 400 meters and in the top-20 at 200 meters. He finished in the top-three in his races in all 12 of the major meets in which he was entered.
Obi Igbokwe At-A-Glance
Hometown: The Woodlands, TX
High School: The Woodlands High School
|400m||Texas 6A Region 2 Meet (5/2/15)||46.22|
|200m||Oak Ridge Invitational (2/21/15)||21.10|
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