April 22, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) - The University of Minnesota men's track & field team has added Onyi Afoaku to its roster as a transfer student-athlete from Ole Miss. Afoaku will join the Gophers in the fall of 2014.
"We recruited Onyi out of high school, and although we wished him the best when he chose Ole Miss, we are certainly excited it came full circle with Onyi joining us next fall," Minnesota assistant coach Lynden Reder said. "I firmly believe Onyi has the physical tools to be an NCAA and Big Ten caliber thrower for our program early in his time here and potentially even beyond. He is a tremendous talent and the sky is the limit for this young man.'
Afoaku spent the 2013 season at Ole Miss and capped his freshman season with an outstanding performance at the U.S. Junior Championships. The thrower recorded a fifth-place finish in the shot put (59-00.75 ft.) and a seventh-place finish in the discus (183-05.00 ft.) - both performances rank second all-time at Ole Miss. Afoaku was also named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll and was a member of the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team. During his tenure at Ole Miss, he posted marks with the senior implements of 17.62 meters (57-10 ft.) in the shot, 54.63 meters (179'-5 ft.) in the discus and 19.25 meters (63-2 ft.) in the weight throw.
A graduate of Bloomington North High School (Ind.), Afoaku set school records and personal bests in the indoor shot put (57-4 ft.), the outdoor shot put (62-1 ft.) and the discus (190-5 ft.). The thrower was a three-year letter winner for coach Ernest Clark.
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