Sept. 13, 2012
Two-time All-American George Ogbeide (pronounced oh-bay-dee) set the Mooberry Track 100m dash record in 1991 and it still stands today, nearly 22 years later.
Ogbeide, a native of Lagos, Nigeria, started his American collegiate career at the University of Idaho in 1986. The highly-talented Ogbeide captured back-to-back Big Sky Conference Championship long jump titles and in 1988 soared to the Big Sky all-time record distance of 26-feet, 8 1/2 inches, a mark that still stands today. As a sophomore he also raced to the conference indoor record in the 200m dash of 21.34 seconds. His departure from the Vandals to transfer eight miles west to Head Coach John Chaplin's Washington State squad caused a stir on the Palouse and the tall and gregarious Ogbeide was known to be outspoken and quite animated.
Ogbeide began his career on the Cougars' team with a school record indoor 55m dash time of 6.24i, and then improved that mark in the next three consecutive races, dropping it to 6.16i.
As a senior, Ogbeide had a prolific season. At the Pepsi Team Invite in Eugene April 13, Ogbeide ran the lead leg on the winning 4x100m relay that ran a still-standing school record time of 39.24 seconds. In a double-dual meet in the next week in Pullman between WSU, Oregon and Idaho, he set the Mooberry Track record in the 100m with a personal--best and winning time of 10.27 seconds. At that meet he also won the long jump and was on the winning 4x100m relay team. He contributed to the WSU men's Pac-10 Championship by scoring in the 200m, the long jump and racing on the winning 4x100m relay. Two weeks later at the NCAA Championships at Oregon's Hayward Field, Ogbeide became the first Cougar to captured the long jump title with a leap of 26-8 1/4. He also ran on the fourth-place 4x100m relay squad as the Cougar men finished as runners-up in the team standings at the national meet.
In an interview after the winning the long jump at the NCAA Championships Ogbeide said, "It's very gratifying to win. I've paid my dues with three knee surgeries since 1988. It was good coming in here as the underdog. A lot of guys came in with big marks, and I was counted out. I was so warmed up from 100 (prelims), and I'm glad my first jump was my best."
Ogbeide improved his school record and lifetime-best long jump mark July 5, 1991 in Cottbus, Germany, leaping 27-0 1/2 (8.24m) at an international meet. He graduated from WSU in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.