MaxPreps Special: Centerville’s Odenigbo tells tall tale

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Centerville DE Ifeadi Odenigbo

Ifeadi
Odenigbo’s
future may be in football, but the Centerville
(Ohio)
senior authored one memory CHS track and field coach Matt
Somerlot can’t shake. And for good reason: he doesn’t want to.


Ifeadi
Odenigbo’s
future may be in football, but the Centerville
(Ohio)
senior authored one memory CHS track and field coach Matt
Somerlot can’t shake. And for good reason: he doesn’t want to.

At
last year’s Division I regional track meet, Odenigbo was implanted as
the Elks’ anchor in the 800-meter relay after he failed to qualify for
the finals in the 100. Running the event for the first time all season
and replacing regular Tristan Boykin who volunteered to make room,
Odenigbo helped the Elks win the event and ultimately their first
regional team title ever. After that Odenigbo gave Somerlot something
he’ll never forget.

“Following the awards ceremony, Ifeadi came
back up to our camp and handed his medal (from the 800 relay) to
Tristan and said ‘This is your medal…It’s not mine,'” Somerlot said. “It
was one of the proudest moments I’ve ever had in teaching and
coaching.”

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