Draft Pick Academy’s and Northlander Osayi Omorodion has become a 4 time AAU National Junior Olympics hurdles champion and 8 time national medalist. She competed at the 2016 AAU National Junior Olympics held in Humble, Texas from July 30 – August 6.
Omorodion competed in the girls 14-year-old division and earned a total of 4 medals. She won 2 gold medals in the 100m and 200m hurdles, a silver for multi-events (pentathlon), and a 5th place medalist for long jump.
In addition to her medals, she set personal records in the 100 meter hurdles and long jump while competing in the pentathlon. Prior to nationals she posted personal best times in the 100 meter dash at the regional national qualifier held in Lawrence, KS at Lawrence Free State High School and competed in several meets during the fall indoor season against high school athletes age ranging 15-18 years.
Earl McDonald, Sr., Omorodion’s personal coach, said “Osayi is definitely talented, she can adapt to many track and field events when she sets her mind to accomplish the task at hand. However, I’m most proud of her transition on how she’s matured mentally over the past 4 years. It was 3 years ago when I first introduced her to hurdling. It took a little convincing because she only wanted to compete in sprints.
After her first year of competing in the 80 meter hurdles when she was 12. I knew she could earn a medal on the podium national stage, and I knew she had the potential to be the national champion. These last 2 years she has not only doubled as AAU National Junior Olympic Champion as a hurdler in the 13-14 year old girls division, but she has posted the fastest times in comparison to all national track & field events, AAU Club National Championships, and USATF National Junior Olympic Games.”
Omorodion attended New Mark Middle School and is entering 9th grade at North Kansas City High School.