OPRF’s Kahrion Martin tops Hinsdale Central rival Nkemjika Nwosu at WSC Silver meet

Oak Park-River Forest's Kahrion Martin competes in the 55-meter dash during the WSC indoor track meet. | Jeff Krage/for Sun-Times

During the career-long battle between triple jumpers Nkemjika Nwosu of Hinsdale Central and Oak Park-River Forest’s Kahrion Martin, Nwosu usually came away with the win.

The duo conducted some tight battles over the past few years, but it was Martin’s turn to come out on top Friday night in the West Suburban Silver boys track and field meet at York. Martin emerged with a top leap of 43-feet-11 1/2, while Nwosu placed second at 43-4.

That was a reversal of the conference indoor meet March 21, when Nwosu won 44-6 to 43-5 3/4.  Next, the two seniors will try to exceed the state qualifying standard of 44-10 at their respective Class 3A sectionals this week.

Martin competes Thursday in the St. Ignatius Sectional at Concordia University in River Forest, while Nwosu is set to participate in the Romeoville Sectional Friday.

Nwosu previously appeared at the state meet in 2012 as a sophomore, placing 23rd (42-10) in the triple jump. After missing out qualifying for state last season, he is trying to stay confident about making a return trip. “I’m a little bit iffy [on making it],” Nwosu said. “I have to trust my training and hopefully, I’ll make it.” Nwosu suffered injuries to his hamstring, groin and knee this season that have set back his training.  “A lot of things have been getting better throughout the season. I should be OK [for the sectional],” Nwosu said.

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