Osaisai Returns to Junior Olympics

While most of the incoming Stanford freshman footballers are on the turf and in the weight room putting the last touches on their preparation for their first college practices in two weeks, Wopamo Osaisai is sprinting around the track. The two-sport star is racing the next four days at the USATF Junior Olympics - hot off his best ever time in the 100 meter dash.

For the second straight year, Wopamo Osaisai is racing in the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics. The incoming Stanford freshman qualified for both the 100m and 200m dash events with top times at the Region 14 qualifier earlier this month in Fresno (Calif.). The cornerback/sprinter won the 200m at the regional event with a time of 21.63, but the showcase showdown was the 100m dash. Osaisai squared off against Bay Area rival Kenny O'Neal, who is headed to Florida State this fall. O'Neal edged Osaisai by one one-thousandth of a second in the best West Coast prep race of the year.

The future Stanford two-sport star ran a non-wind-aided 10.488, just the width of a hair behind the future Seminole's 10.487. Osaisai's previous personal best in the 100 meters was 10.58.

The USATF Junior Olympics are being held this year at Hayward Field in Eugene (Ore.). Events began Tuesday, but today is the first day that Osaisai will race. He has the 200m prelims today and the 100m prelims Friday. Should he advance, the finals for the 200m and 100m events are Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

"I just have to go out and run. I feel good and I feel prepared," the incoming Stanford freshman comments. "I'm looking to finish up with a bang. I've had an up and down high school track season and want to show people what I can do."

Last year, Osaisai placed third in the 100m at the Junior Olympics in Miami (Fla.). A deluge of rain in the Sunshine State soaked the young sprinter last July, which fatigued his muscles. Osaisai felt that hindered his performances. There is a very sunny forecast the next several days in Eugene, with no chance of rain today through Saturday. There is just a 10% chance of rain Sunday.

The track at historic Hayward Field has a fast reputation, so look for hot times from Osaisai and the other sprinters. There are 40 entries in the 100 meter dash and 39 entries in the 200 meter dash.


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