Always good to see one of the HBCU athletes place in an NCAA Championships. Jackson States Anasoa Jobodwana taking second in the 200m…cool. He’s from South Africa and the best sprinter Jackson State has ever had. Which got me thinking about US schools where their best all time sprinter was from another country.
I came up with this…(more about alumni)
Oregon…Harry Jerome Canada
Fresno State…Mike Agostini Trinidad
Azusa Pacific…Davidson Ezinwa Nigeria
LA State…Stanley Allotey Ghana
USC…Don Quarrie/Lennox Miller Jamaica
Westmont…Jean Louis Ravelomatasoa Madagascar
UCLA…Ato Boldon Trinidad
TCU…Ray Stewart Jamaica/Kim Collins St.Kitts
UTEP…Oba Thompson Barbados
Dickinson…Derrick Atkins Bahamas
NCC…Edwin Roberts Trinidad
BYU…Frankie Fredericks Namibia
Idaho…Patrick Williams Jamaica
LSU…Richard Thompson Trinidad
Eastern Michigan…Hasley Crawford Trinidad
Illinois…Herb McKenley Jamaica
Mississippi State…Steve Mullings Jamaica (hmmmm?)
We really don’t see too many foreign sprinters at those HBCU schools. Which is a bit surprising,
Atlee Mahorn from Canada holds the 100m school record at Cal, but I really can’t put him above the great Hal Davis or Olympian Eddie Hart.
Chidi Imoh at Missouri was one of the first great African sprinters at a US school (10.00) but Olympian Jackson Sholtz accomplished more.
Now who did I miss?
Getting back to Jackson State…
They did have a couple fast 60 guys once upon a time in Earl Thomas and Tommie Dennis, long jumper Dennis Trott was a decent sprinter also. Morris Jackson was a 10.17 guy but never really did anything else.
Once upon a time sprinters from HBCU schools were all over our Olympics teams, long ago however.