University of Tennessee freshman Favour Ashe is the fastest African in the 60m race indoors so far this year after the 19 year old dropped 6.52 seconds in his preliminary run at the Tyson Invite in Arkansas.
Competing indoors for the very first time this year, Ashe’s time supplants the 6.54 seconds Ghanaian athlete Benjamin Azamati-Kwaku ran last weeked at the Convention Center, Albuquerque, in New Mexico.
The time also makes him the Nigerian leader in the event and moved him joint fastest in the Nigerian all-time list and ninth joint fastest in the African list.
Ashe’s time is the fastest 60m in the SEC this season and ranks third-quickest in the NCAA.
He also moves up to third all-time in Tennessee history in the event, behind Leonard Scott’s 6.48 set in 2001 and Christian Coleman’s school-record run of 6.45 achieved in 2017.
The Ughelli, Nigeria, native who ran 6.58 seconds to open his indoor campaign last month at the Clemson Bob Pollock Invitational in Clemson, South Carolina is currently No. 6 in the world with his run Friday night.