PNG female duo part of US college team to make history

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Leonie Beu (pictured far right) and Isila Apkup (far left) were part of the Cloud County team that has won the Womens Outdoor Regional Championship for the first time in the schools history, adding to the Indoor title they won two months ago for the Cloud County Community College in Kansas, United States.

Leonie Beu is in peak form with the Morobe athlete posting impressive personal best performances on Sunday in both the 200m and 400m during the NJCCA Regional VI Championships at Arkansas City, Kansas.

Beu clocked 24.12 seconds in the 200m heats and 54.79 secs in a thrilling 400m where she was just edged out on the line by Butler CC athlete Kaleb McDonald who ran 54.78. Isila Apkup who had an outstanding indoor season did not perform up to par due to a hamstring strain

Emmanuel Wanga is on track to his best times in the 200m and 400m which he recorded early in 2019 whilst training full time for the Pacific Games. Wanga ran 21.75 secs for the 200m and 48.18 in the 400m, with Shadrick Tansi not far behind him with 21.90 and a seasons best 48.84 in the 400m.

The pair have also featured in some outstanding 4*400m relay races this season including one where the team ran 3mins 12.22 seconds indoors which earned them third place at the Nationals. The athletes now have just eight days to prepare for the Junior College Outdoor National Championships which will be held in Levelland Tx from May 12 to 14.

In Pueblo Colorado, Annie Topal became the second PNG athlete (after Rellie Kaputin) to clear 6.0m in the long jump. Topal’s main event was the triple jump where she had a personal best of 5.99m in the long jump until Saturday when she leapt 6.10m in the Rocky Mountain Conference Championships.

This ranks her seventh in the NCAA Division 2 this season. Topal is ranked third in the triple jump and will be competing in these two events at the NCAA D2 National Championships in Allendale Michigan from May 27 to 29 along with Peniel Richard who is currently ranked fourth in the mens triple jump.

Toea Wisil was also in Texas last weekend and had her first race since the PNG Air National Championships in Port Moresby last year, clocking a time of 11.75secs in the 100m at Texas Tech University in Lubbock

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