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Maryland Track & Field BIO
Chioma Onyekwere

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- 2016 Senior African Championships 2x Bronze Medalist (shot put & discus)

2016 Outdoor: NCAA Championship Qualifier in the shot put...NCAA East Regional Qualifier in the shot put and discus...Second Team All-Big Ten (shot put)...Academic All-Big Ten...finished career as school record holder in the discus (178’7”) and second on all-time list in the shot put (55’3.50”)...posted eight total event victories on the season...took third in the shot put (52’8”) and fifth in the discus (162’4”) at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge (3/18-19)...notched wins in the shot put (50’4.75”) and discus (165’2”) at the Maryland Invitational (3/26)...took sixth in the discus (166’2”) and 11th in the shot put (50’11”) at the Florida Relays (3/31-4/2)...broke school record in the discus (171’11”) to claim top spot on the all-time list and win event at the Virginia Quad Meet (4/8)...also placed second in shot put with mark of 52’4.75” to move into second all-time in the event at UVA Quad Meet...followed up with pair of victories in the shot put (48’7.25”) and discus (172’6”) the following day at Lou Onesty Invite (4/9)...notched shot put victory (53’10.25”) and was 16th in the discus (123’5”) at the Larry Ellis Invite (4/22-23)...finished second in the discus (173’11”) and fifth in the shot put (51’9”) at the Penn Relays (4/28-4/30)...took first in shot put (53’11.75”) and discus (168’6”) at Kehoe Twilight (5/6)...set career high in shot put with throw of 55’3.5” at the Big Ten Championships to place second (5/13-15)...reset own school record and career-best in the discus (178’7”) to finish third at B1Gs...advanced to NCAA Championships with throw of 53’4.25” in the shot put at NCAA East Regionals (5/26-28)...threw 147’0” in the discus prelims at the NCAA Regionals..     

2016 Indoor: Second Team NCAA All-American...Qualified for first-ever NCAA Championship event in the weight throw after record-breaking season...totaled five victories between the shot put and weight throw during indoor campaign...broke a 14-year program record in the weight throw at the Big Ten Championships with a throw of 69’5.5” to finish second in the event (3/11-3/12)...started off season at the Penn State Relays with third place finish in weight throw (60’6.75”) and second place in the shot put (51’2.75”) (1/9)...finished first in the weight throw (61’11.75”) and second in the shot put (50’3.25”) at Great Dane Classic (1/16)...posted in wins in both the shot put (50’0.75”) and weight throw (65’8.75”) at Terrapin Invitational (1/30)...threw season best 52’8” at the Armory Track Invitational to win the shot put (2/5-2/6)...also took fifth in the weight throw (63’0.25”) at Armory...won the shot put (51’4.25”) and was fifth in the weight throw (62’6.75”) at SPIRE Invite (2/12-2/13)...placed sixth in the shot put (51’8.5”) at Big Tens (2/26-2/27)...placed 14th in the weight throw at NCAA Championships with mark of 63’11.5” (3/11-3/12).

2015 Outdoor Track: Qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the shot put and discus…took third in the shot put (52’ 10”), seventh in the discus (163’ 4”) and 19th in the hammer throw (161’ 7”) at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships (5/15-17)…won the discus (156’ 11”) and placed second in the shot put (49’ 2.5”) at the Kehoe Twilight Meet (5/1)…won the discus (166’ 1”) and finished second in the hammer throw (162’ 0”) at the Morgan State Legacy Meet (4/17)…threw the second best shot put toss in Maryland history (50’ 6.25”) to finish first at the Sam Howell Invitational (4/3-4)…also won the discus (167’ 9”) at the same event…won the shot put (48’ 1.25”) and placed second in the hammer throw (165’ 10”) and the discus (138’ 9”) at the Maryland Invitational (3/28)…captured the show put title (49’ 11.25”) and placed second in the hammer throw (157’ 8”) at the UTEP Springtime Invitational.

2015 Indoor Track: Earned All-Big Ten honors…Competed at six meets and finished the season as the Terps’ top thrower…tossed a season-best 52’ 8.25”, the second-best mark in Maryland history, to finish second at the Big Ten Indoor Championship, (2/28)…threw 58” 1.25” to place 12th in the weight throw at the same event…won the shot put (52’ 1.25”) and the weight throw (62’ 5”) at Navy’s Sweetheart Multi-Mix Madness (2/12)…her weight throw mark was the fifth best in Maryland history…took fourth in the shot put (49’ 8.5”) at the Armory Track Invitational (1/30)…placed second at the Tiger Open in both the weight throw and shot put (1/24)…captured the shot put title at the Terrapin Invitational (1/17) and Penn State Relays (1/10).

2014 Outdoor Track: Season-best 52.11.00 in the shot put was good enough for 13th at the NCAA East Prelims and was the second best throw in school history...finished sixth at the ACC Outdoor Championships (50-10.25)...won the Sam Howell Invitational (49-11.75) and the Maryland Invitational (49-09.25)...notched a runner-up finish at the Kehoe Twilight (49-04.25)...won the UTEP Springtime Meet (48-06.75)...season-best in the discus came at the Kehoe Twilight and was good enough for a second-place finish (146-10)...placed 10th at the ACC Outdoor Championships (139-03)...claimed the Maryland Invitiatonal title (134-05).

2014 Indoor Track: Notched a season-best mark in the shot put at the ACC Indoor Championships to place ninth (50-05.25)...finished second at the Layfaette/Rider Winter Games (49-11.75)...won the Penn State Relays title (49-08.50)...captured the Terrapin Invitational title with a throw of 49-02.25...also won at Navy Multi-Mix Madness (46-02.00) and the Lions Invitational (46-00.75)...recorded a runner-up finish at the Hokie Invitational (48-04.00)...season-best in the 20-pound weight throw came at the Penn State Relays, good enough for a second place finish (57-09.50)...won the Terrapin Invitational (57-01.50)...finished 11th at the ACC Indoor Invitational (56-06.00)...placed fifth at the Hokie Invitational (56-04.50)...notched a 13th-place finish at the Doc Hale VT Elite (56-03.75)...finished second at the Lafayette/Rider Winter Games (55-11.00)...won Navy Multi-Mix Madness (53-00.75)...placed fourth at the Lions Invitational (52-10.00).

2013 Outdoor Track: Season-best mark in the shot put at UCF Invitational where she placed 3rd and recorded the fourth-best mark in Maryland outdoor history (49-10.50)… Season-best mark in the discus at ACC Championships where she placed 9th and recorded the fifth-best mark in Maryland outdoor history (143-01)…Placed 2nd at Kehoe Twilight in the hammer throw with a season-best mark of 143-05…Placed 13th in the same event at ACC Championships (142-07).

2013 Indoor Track: Recorded a season best and ECAC qualifying throw in the shot put at ACC Championships (49-08.25)...Placed 5th... Placed in the top six in the event in all meets this season.
Before Maryland: Four-year standout at James W. Robinson High School...Two-time district record holder in the shot put...All-Met Honorable Mention...Two year district champion...Regional champion in 2011 and 2012...Third in the state in 2012 and fifth in nationals...Third in the state in 2011...Also played club soccer in Fairfax where she was named best defensive player and most valuable player.

Personal: Parents are Chima and Scholar ... Nickname is Cici...Has four siblings - Emeka, Kay, Chima, and Dinma...Currently enrolled in college of letters & sciences ... Chose Maryland for the family aspect of the team...Volunteers every summer helping teach children in Nigeria.
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