Flora Ahiarakwe, a spring Winslow graduate, is off to a fast start as a freshman at Pittsburgh.
Ahiarakwe ran a personal-best 56.82 in her first college 400 at the Youngstown (Ohio) State Icebreaker, which makes her one the 12th-fastest freshmen in NCAA Division 1 two months into the indoor season.
Ahiarakwe won her section of the 400 by nearly two seconds, which was good enough to bump all but four runners in the two “faster” sections of the race. She was the fastest of 23 freshmen in the field of 62 runners.
That 56.82 ranks sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference and first among ACC freshmen. It’s also an overall indoor PR for Ahiarakwe, whose indoor 400 PR at Winslow was a 57.36 for third at last year’s Eastern’s.
She also ran the leadoff leg on Pitt’s first-place 1,600-meter relay team, which ran 3:52.84, and also ran 7.87 in her 60-meter dash debut.
Ahiarakwe followed that up with another fast 400 — she ran 57.56 for third at the Nittany Lion Challenge, again out of an unseeded heat.
This time she ran the second leg on Pitt’s 4-by-4, which ran 3:46.48, second behind only Penn State’s 3:40.85.