Sanni Takes Season’s First National Athlete of the Week Honor
NEW ORLEANS – After having a hand in three NCAA-leading marks at the season-opening Bob Timmons Challenge last Friday, junior Zainab Sanni was named the National Female Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Tuesday in its first weekly announcement of the season. The weekly honor is the first of Sanni’s career and the first claimed by a Jayhawk female since Paris Daniels was given the award in May of 2013.
Sanni, who hails from Aurora, Colorado, had a stellar season debut last week at the Bob Timmons Challenge. She kicked the day off with a win and a personal-record time in the 60 meters after she clocked in with a time of 7.41. The time moved the junior to No. 4 on the school’s all-time performance list. She picked up another individual win two hours later, this time in the 200 meters. Sanni out leaned former teammate and Olympic gold medalist Diamond Dixon with her time of 24.18.
She closed out her meet running the leadoff leg for the Jayhawks’ 4×400-meter relay squad. Kansas passed the baton around in 3:44.69 to take the win by over five seconds. The time was the fastest by a KU 4×4 squad in the seven-year history of the season-opening meet and put the quartet atop the NCAA list after the first week of the indoor season.
Sanni and the rest of her KU teammates will return to the track after a month-long break for the Bill Easton Classic in Lawrence on Friday, Jan. 8. The first events from Anschutz Pavilion are set to begin at 1 p.m.
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