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    Okechi Ogbuokiri  
    Okechi Ogbuokiri

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Willingboro, NJ

    High School:
    Willingboro

    Height:
    5-10

    Event:
    Sprints

    Birthdate:
    03/19/1985


    AS A JUNIOR: Led the Irish sprint group along with classmate Maryann Erigha ... earned BIG EAST qualifications in three events during the indoor season (200m, 400m, 500m) ... top indoor 200-meter time of the season came at the Notre Dame Opener where she ran a career-best 25.09 in a second-place effort ... also added a career-best 400-meter performance at the meet, running 54.00 for the eighth-best time in school history, a mark that provisionally qualified her for the NCAA Championship ... established her season-best time in the 500 meters at the Notre Dame Invitational, finishing first in 1:14.38 ... at the BIG EAST indoor meet, emerged from the 400-meter prelims in first before finishing second and earning all-BIG EAST honors in the final with a time of 55.36 seconds ... contributed more points to Notre Dame's team title as a member of the 4x400-meter relay with Erigha, Brienne Davis and Nicole Yergler (sixth, 3:46.70) ... kicked off her outdoor season by winning 400-meter competitions at the Cal Poly Invitational and Jim Click Shootout, the latter with a time of 54.80; also ran 24.72 in the 200 meters at the Click Shootout ... improved that mark at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational where she took third in 24.36 ... placed fourth in the 400 meters at the Mount SAC Relays in 55.35 seconds ... qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the 400 meters at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, running 54.47 seconds ... ran 24.47 in the 200 meters in the preliminaries of the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship, finishing 11th ... established a season-best 400-meter time of 53.91 in the prelims of the league meet, eventually finishing third in the final with a mark of 54.02 to pick up another all-league citation ... now owns eight career combined all-BIG EAST honors (indoor/outdoor track), tied for third-most in school history ... improved her regional mark in the 400 meters by running 53.89 seconds for sixth at the Georgia Tech Invitational ... concluded her season with a 16th-place finish at the Mideast Regional.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Improved significantly in the 400 meters to earn a spot among the nation's top athletes in the event ... won the 400 meters at the Central Michigan Opener, clocking 56.87 seconds ... established a career best of 1:13.92 in the 500 meters at the Notre Dame Opener ... placed second in both the 200 and 400 meters at the Notre Dame Invitational (25.31, 55.58) ... lowered her 400-meter career best to 54.29 at the Meyo Invitational in a second-place effort ... won her first BIG EAST title in the 400 meters at the indoor meet, clocking 54.99 in the final to claim the crown ... also ran the 4x400 meter relay with teammates Brienne Davis, Maryann Erigha, and Crysta Swayzer and finished third ... lowered her indoor career best in the 400 meters to 54.03 at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... this performance also stands as the eighth-best in school history ... started off the outdoor season strong with a 55.06, second-place showing in the 400 meters at the Willie Williams Invitational ... took fourth in the 400 at the Mount SAC Relays in a time of 54.59 ... also broke 55 seconds at the Hillsdale Gina Relays where she clocked 54.74 ... scored team points in four events at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship ... placed sixth in the 200 meters in 24.67 while earning all-BIG EAST honors in the 400 meters in 53.80 ... earned another all-BIG EAST honor with the 4x100 meter relay team that also included Erigha, Davis, and Domenique Manning ... also scored sixth-place points in the 4x400 with Swayzer, Davis and Erigha ... established her current career best in the 400 meters at the Georgia Tech Invitational with a 53.45 second, sixth-place mark ... qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the 400 meters ... ran 54.25 for eighth and earned a bid to the NCAA Championship ... ran a fast 53.73 at the national meet to earn 19th place.

    AS A FRESHMAN: A key member of Notre Dame's sprint group in 2004, providing depth in all relays and events ... qualified for the BIG EAST indoor meet in the 500 meters, finishing 12th in 1:17.56 ... won her first career BIG EAST title as part of the indoor 4x400-meter relay team, helping teammates Tiffany Gunn, Kristen Dodd and Tricia Floyd finish in 3:45.23 ... also earned all-BIG EAST honors on the distance medley relay team, finishing second in 11:32.95 along with Lauren King, Megan Johnson and Kerry Meagher ... focused on the 400 meters during the outdoor season, finishing third at the Indy Relays and Tom Botts Invitational.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Named 2003 Female Track Athlete of the Year by the Burlington Times, Courier Post, Newark Star-Ledger and Philadelphia Inquirer ... garnered 13 All-America honors during her prep career both individually and as a member of a relay team ... earned All-America recognition in the 400 meters during all four of her scholastic season ... won National Scholastic Indoor Championship in the 400 meter as a senior ... won the AAU national championship in 400 meters as a junior ... named Performer of the Year for her indoor and outdoor track performances during her senior season by the South Jersey Coaches Association ... owns New Jersey state records in the 400 meters (54.2), indoor 4x400-meter relay (3:45.3), indoor (4:01.5) and outdoor (3:59.0) 4x400-meter sprint relays ... class valedictorian ... member of the National Honor Society ... served as class treasurer during her junior year ... played in the marching and jazz bands ... born March 10, 1985 in Mt. Holly, N.J. ... daughter of Beatrice and Felix Ogbuokiri ... youngest of four children ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business with a double major in marketing and sociology ... two-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team selection.

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