WSU CAREER. SOPHOMORE (2013-14): Indoor - Ran PR in 400m dash of 56.71i at Vandal Indoor (2/7/14, Moscow)…indoor-best of 25.00 in the 200m dash came next day at Vandal Open…at MPSF Championships ran second leg of sixth-place 4x400m relay (3:40.93)…Outdoor - Clocked in PR time in 400m dash of 55.71 at Jim Click Shootout and ran third leg of 4100m relay with season-best time of 45.06 (4/12/14, Tucson)…top time in 200m was 24.24…at Pac-12 Championships ran second leg of eighth-place 4x400m relay (3:43.55)…named to the Pac-12 All-Academic track and field honorable mention team…named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team.
FRESHMAN (2012-13):Indoor - Opened collegiate career running second leg of 4x400m relay that set school freshman record time of 3:49.62i at Bronco Invite (1/19/13, Nampa)…at Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships finished 25th in 200m in season-best time of 25.25i and finished 27th in 400m in season-best 57.46i (2/23/13, Seattle)…top long jump of season was 5.25m/17-2 3/4i at Idaho Open II (2/16/13, Moscow)…Outdoor - Ran 400m dash time of 57.11 at USC Trojan Invite (3/23/13, Los Angeles)…top 200m time of season was 24.99 at Stanford Invite…ran on both relays at Mt. SAC Relays with season-best times of 45.37 and 3:38.54…1600m relay time is ninth-best all-time at WSU…at Pac-12 Championships was 16th in 200m (25.10), 400m relay was seventh (46.14), and 1600m relay was eighth (3:39.95)…at NCAA West Prelims the 400m relay was 18th (45.43) and 1600m relay was 21st (3:39.55).
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. Earned four varsity letters for track coach Bennie Gooden at Etiwanda High…two-time track team captain…freshman and sophomore years Eagles’ team won Baseline League titles…as sophomore won league triple jump…junior year repeat as league triple jump champ with PR leap of 36-1 and was runner-up in long jump…senior year won league long jump title and was runner-up in 200m dash…at California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division I Prelims finished eighth in 200m after running PR time of 24.57 in prelims…also finished 13th in long jump…leaped long jump PR of 18-10 for fifth at Mt. SAC Relays and finished fifth in 200m.
PERSONAL. Born in November 1994, in Fontana, California…father Benson is a registered nurse…mother Dena is a social worker who played volleyball at Cal Baptist University…younger brothers Daniel and David…younger sister Hannah…hobbies include photography and cooking…member of Link Crew, Red Cross, BSU in high school…graduated with a 3.7 GPA…received ASB Student Achievement Award…two-years on S.T.A.N.D dance team…majoring in psychology at WSU.
EKELEM’S WSU BESTS
60m - 7.99i (2013)
200m - 24.99 (2013)
400m - 55.71 (2014)
Long Jump - 5.25m/17-2 3/4i (2013)
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS PERFORMANCES
2014 4x400m Relay 8th 3:43.55
2013 200m 16th 25.10
4x100m Relay 7th 46.14
4x400m Relay 8th 3:39.95
NCAA WEST PRELIMINARY PERFORMANCES
2013 4x100m Relay 18th 45.43
4x400m Relay 21st 3:39.55