ASU Track & Field Signs Constance Ezugha to National Letter of Intent

Feb. 4, 2009

TEMPE - Constance Ezugha (Edmond, Okla.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her athletic and academic career with the Arizona State University women's track and field program, Kenny McDaniel, ASU's women's sprints/hurdles/relays coach, announced today. The senior-to-be at Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., will join the Sun Devils in time for the 2010 seasons and will compete in the long and triple jumps while also running in the short sprints.

'I am excited to have Constance join our program because I know she will help our jumps and relay program immediately,' McDaniel said. 'She is a delightful young woman who takes pride in competing at a high level. Having her in our program helps in many ways. She is the type of student-athlete that can walk up to a group of people and have a positive effect on them without saying one word. She has the marks to compete with the best in the nation and I know she will find success as a Sun Devil.'

'Deciding what university to attend was harder than expected because I knew it would be the place I would spend the next four years of my life,' Ezugha said. 'I was constantly talking to my brothers, my parents and coaches about it. Then, finally, one of my coaches said, `Just eliminate the school you have doubts about,' and that's what I did. Coach McDaniel, Coach [Greg] Kraft and the girls at ASU were a big deciding factor. I feel like they are a great team and awesome people and will teach me so many new things. I'm excited to start the new school year with them. I'm ready to see what they can do and I'm ready to show them what I can do, too.'

Ezugha is a two-sport standout, earning All-America status in track and field while also garnering all-state accolades in volleyball. In track & field, she is a two-time Oklahoma state champion and qualified for the 2008 U.S. Junior Championships in the long jump. As a junior, she recorded a mark of 20-06.50 (wind-aided), which stands as the top mark in the nation last year. Her wind-legal jump of 20-01.75 was the third-best in the U.S. while two other of her marks ranked among the Top 10 nationally.

An outstanding student who ranks among the Top 10-percent of her class with a near-perfect grade-point average and a finalist for the 2008 Wendy's Heisman Scholarship, Ezugha was a three-time letter winner in volleyball and also served as a team captain. A three-time all-tournament selection, she enjoys hanging out with friends, making new friends, playing sports, window shopping and arts and crafts. She is the daughter of Okwubanego and Stella Ezugha and has three brothers, Ben, Valentine and Marvin.

The Ezugha File
Name: Constance Ezugha
Nickname: Connie
Hometown: Edmond, Okla.
High School: Edmond Santa Fe
Also Considered: Oklahoma, Texas Tech, LSU

Quick Notes: Two sport standout (track & field and volleyball)... finalist for the 2008 Wendy's Heisman Scholarship for the state of Oklahoma... two-time state long jump champion with a personal-best leap of 20-06.50... qualified for the 2008 USA Junior Championships in the long jump... holds a personal-best time of 24.81 in the 200m dash... also earned all-state honors in volleyball... three-time volleyball letter winner and senior captain... ranks among the Top 10-percent in her class with a near-perfect grade-point average.

What They Are Saying About Ezugha
Okwubanego and Stella Ezugha (parents):
'We are very proud of our daughter and are in support of her choice of college. At this level of athletics and academics, we hope that she continues to excel in both and we know she has found a great place to do so. She is a hard-working young woman and we wish her the best at Arizona State.'

Tracy Partain Alberty (Santa Fe HS jumps coach):
'I have been extremely proud to coach Connie, not only for exceptional level of talent, but for her eagerness to truly learn from her events. She carries herself well beyond her years while in practice and competition. On many occasions, I have had to remind myself that she is still only in high school. When Connie first told me about the program at Arizona State, I could tell her heart belonged there. She deserves to move on to a program where she will train with gifted athletes under wise leadership and I believe she has found that at ASU.'

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