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Blessing Oparaji
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Blessing Oparaji 1885002
Position: Jumps/Sprints
Year: Senior
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
High School: Oakville HS
Experience: 2 Years

Collegiate Performances

2017: Outdoor - Competed in six meets for UMKC … Leapt to a personal-best 11.00 meters to take sixth place in the triple jump at the ESU Spring Invitational … Turned in a season-best 26.09 seconds in the 200-meter dash … Finished 16th in the 100-meter dash at the WAC Outdoor Championships with a time of 12.82 seconds.

Indoor - Competed in seven meets for the Roos … Turned in her best performances of the season in the 60-meter dash (7.94 seconds), 200-meter dash (26.33 seconds), long jump (5.43 meters) and triple jump (10.51 meters) at the WAC Indoor Championships.

2016: Outdoor- Helped the 4x100-meter relay team place fourth at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kansas … Placed third as a member of the 4x100 relay team at the Rock Chalk Classic with a time of 46.97 seconds … Placed second in long jump at the Ward Haylett Invitational in Manahttan, Kansas, with a mark of 4.89 meters … Ran a personal-best in the 100-meter dash at the Ward Haylett Invitational, placing second fourth with a time of 12.40 seconds … Helped the 4x100 team place third at the WAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with atime of 46.24 seconds.

Indoor- Placed sixth in long jump at the Bob Timmons Challenge in Lawrence, Kansas … Took fifth at the Jayhawk Classic in long jump with a mark of 5.03 meters … Set a personal record in the 60-meter dash at the WAC Indoor Track & Field Championships with a time of 7.85 seconds … Finished fourth in long jump at the WAC Championships with a personal-best mark of 5.59 meters.

2015: Outdoor- Recorded a personal-best in the triple jump at the ESU Spring Open with a mark of 10.49 meters… Set three personal-records at the WAC Outdoor Championships, including the 100 meters (12.59 seconds), 200 meters (25.69 seconds) and long jump (5.36 meters). 

Indoor- Set a personal-best mark at the Missouri Invitational with a distance of 5.36 meters in the long jump… Ran the 200 meters in a career-best 26.08 seconds at the SDSU Jim Emmerich Invitational… Ran the 60 meters in eight seconds flat at the Nebraska Tune-Up to set a personal-record… Recorded a career-best mark in the triple jump at the WAC Indoor Championships with a jump of 11.31 meters.

High School: As a junior earned all-conference, all-district, and all-state... As a senior earned team captain, all-conference, and all-district.. PR 100m with 12.66... 200m with 25.79... State qualifier in the 100m and 200m.

Personal: Born on Aug. 28, 1995 in Umugwueze, Nigeria... Daughter of Cyril Oparaji... Sister to Amblessed, 21, and Favor, 16... Majoring in nursing.


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