For the second time this season, Nigeria’s Favour Oghene Tejiri Ashe has been named the SEC Male Freshman of the Week.
At Arkansas’ Tyson Invite held at the Randal Tyson Indoor Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Ashe scorched to a blistering 6.52 seconds finish in the 60m event.
The 19 year old Nigerian’s time broke the Tennessee freshman record previously held by Leonard Scott at 6.56, which he set in 1999.
Ashe’s finish moves him up to third all-time in Tennessee history in the event, behind Scott’s 6.48 set in 2001 and Christian Coleman’s school-record run of 6.45 achieved in 2017.
The time is also the fastest 60m in the SEC this season and ranks third-quickest in the NCAA.
Ashe ranks 6th in the world this season, joint first in Africa with Liberia’s Emmanuel Matadi and of course the fastest time by a Nigerian man in the event since Divine Oduduru ran 6.52 seconds in February 2019.
He has also moved up in the African all time ranking to ninth joint fastest with Chidi Imoh, Osmond Ezinwa, Seun Ogunkoya, the late Sunday Emmanuel and Divine Oduduru amongst others.
He is also the joint fifth fastest Nigerian ever in the event.
Ashe is the first Vol since Coleman in 2014 to earn multiple freshman of the week honors during the indoor season.
The Tennessee freshman eared his first SEC Male Freshman of the Week award after his debut performance late January at Clemson’s Bob Pollock Meet.
Making his first appearance on the indoor track, Ashe threw down the fastest 60m time of the day at the Bob Pollock Meet with his time of 6.58 seconds.
The mark catapulted him to fourth all-time in Tennessee history, trailing Volunteer legends and NCAA champions Christian Coleman, Leonard Scott and Justin Gatlin on the program’s top-10 list.