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MM 7.2: Former Maryland track and field star Chioma Onyekwere qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 - Day Six Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF

Former Maryland track and field star Chioma Onyekwere who graduated in 2016 will compete at the Tokyo Olympics in the discus throw this summer.

After graduating from Maryland with her BA in Mechanical Engineering, Onyekwere went on to pursue her professional track and field career while working as an engineer.

As a Terp, she set the second-highest discus throw score, 178-07, and earned All-American honors as well as All-Big Ten honors. Following her collegiate career, Onyekwere earned first place in discus during the All-African Games in 2019 as well as the African Championships in 2018.

To qualify for Tokyo, Onyekwere threw 62.20m, a personal best, in the Nigerian Olympic Trials. The Women’s Discus Throw will be on Saturday, July 31 at 10 a.m.

In other news

July 1 marked the first day the interim name, image and likeness policy was effective and Maryland athletes are making deals.

Former Maryland women’s basketball star Brionna Jones had a career-high performance.

Maryland football made the top three of four-star wide receiver Shaleak Knotts.

Four-star 2022 small forward Aidan Shaw officially visited College Park.

Former women’s basketball player Shatori Walker-Kimbrough signed a seven-day contract with the Washington Mystics.

Former Terp Jalen Smith is headed to the NBA Finals after the Phoenix Suns won the Western Conference Finals.