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Track & Field: Nwanna mastering all trades

Greg Meyer

Issue date: 3/6/09 Section: Sports
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Most athletes at Case talk about the delicate balance they must maintain between academics and athletics. For Obinna Nwanna, the balancing act is even more strenuous, having to balance all aspects of track and field.

A jack of all trades when it comes to the sport, Nwanna competes in throwing, running, and jumping events during both the indoor and outdoor seasons, Nwanna insists he is a jumper at heart.

"I started track when I was a junior in high school because of my friends," said Nwanna. "I was mainly interested in the high jump." However, he was soon thrown into a number of events including long jump, the 100-meter dash, the 4x100-meter relay, and the 4x400-meter relay. Nwanna had a knack for jumping and made it all the way to the district finals his senior year, but success in other events came later his college career.

Nwanna chose Case because of his interest in the biomedical engineering field; being able to run and jump for Case was just an added bonus. "I wasn't really recruited out of high school because I got a late start," said Nwanna. "But when I came here I knew I could continue competing." On Case's 52-man track and field roster, 32 of the athletes are listed as distance runners. While Nwanna is modest about his skills, the reality is that he adds sprinting speed and jumping ability to a team that is void of both.

Beginning last year, Nwanna has started focusing his efforts on the pentathlon and decathlon events.

This is the best of both worlds for the team and Nwanna. While he is practicing for and competing in single events at team meets, he is also preparing for the pentathlon. Nwanna finished second in the pentathlon two weeks ago at Ohio Wesleyan University while the rest of the team was competing in the Greater Cleveland Championships. In the beginning of December at the Case Pentathlon, Nwanna punched his ticket to the Div. III National Championships, which will take place over spring break.
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