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Ben Ayesu-Attah
Position: Sprints
Year: Junior
Hometown: Coquitlam, British Columbia
High School: Heritage Woods Secondary
Experience: 2 Letters

 

2014 Outdoor: Ayesu-Attah qualified for the NCAA preliminary round in the 400m and finished 21 in the event with a time of 46.87… was a member of the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship team… earned two First-Team All-WAC honors in the 400m with a career-best time of  46.62 and also ran a career-best time of 21.31 in the 200m… he also earned a Second-Team All-WAC honor for his fourth-place anchor in the 4x400m relay… won the 200m at the Vandal Jamboree with a time of 21.58 and also won the event at the Cougar Invitational with a wind-aided time of 21.50… he also took the first-place spot in the 400m at the OSU High Performance meet with a time of 48.11 and won the event at the Cougar Invitational with a time of 47.89.

 

2014 Indoor: Ayesu-Attah was a member of the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Championship team… took first in the 400m and fifth in the 200m at the meet and was also on the second-place 4x400m relay team… earned two first-team All-WAC honors and one Second-Team All-WAC honor…won the 600m at the UW Indoor Open  with a time of 1:20.55 in the 600m … took the first-place spot at the Idaho Collegiate in the 400m with a time of 47.59 and also claimed the victory in the event at the Vandal Indoor with a time of 47.42… he also ran a career-best time in the 60m at the Cougar Indoor and a career-best time in the 600m at the WSU Open.

 

2013 Outdoor: Ayesu-Attah was an NCAA regional qualifier in the 400m and finished 43rd at the NCAA West Preliminary in the event with a time of 48.00...took First-Team All-WAC honors in the 400m with a career-best time of 46.69...also earned Second-Team All-WAC hones as the second leg in the 4x100m relay that posted a 42.95 and anchored Idaho's 4x400m relay (3:14.48)...won the 400m at the Duane Hartman Invitational on Apr.27 with a time of 47.38 and also won the event at the War VI team dual on Apr.12 with a time of 48.34.

 

2013 Indoor: Ayesu-Attah continued his strong performance into his sophomore season...earned First-Team All-WAC honors for his first place finish in the 400m at the WAC Indoor Championships with a career-best time of 47.23...also earned Second-Team All-WAC honors as the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay that posted a 3:12.41...took second at the Vandal Indoor on Feb.1 with a career-best time of 21.96...won the 400m (48.69) at the WSU Open on Jan.12 and also won the 400m (48.28) at the Cougar Indoor on Jan.26.

 

2012 Outdoor: Ayesu-Attah had a standout freshman season for Idaho in 2012 … was an NCAA qualifier in the 400m and finished 31st at the NCAA West Preliminary in the event with a time of 47.61 … won his first career individual conference title at the WAC Outdoor Championships with a time of 46.86, which was a career-best time by more than one full second and ranks ninth all-time at Idaho … also earned Second-Team All-WAC honors as a member of Idaho’s third-place 4x100m relay that posted a 42.58 and anchored Idaho’s fourth-place 4x400m relay (3:19.30) … won the 200m (22.24) and 400m (48.59) at the Sam Adams Classic on March 31 in his outdoor debut for Idaho … finished 21st in the 400m at the Mt. SAC Relays in 47.89 for his first career sub-48 race.

 

2012 Indoor: Ayesu-Attah broke out for the Vandals as a freshman and provided the enduring image of Idaho’s first indoor WAC team title as the anchor leg of the team’s title-clinching 4x400m relay … won gold and earned First-Team All-WAC honors as the fourth leg of Idaho’s 4x400m relay that won the WAC title in a time of 3:14.62 … earned All-WAC Second Team honors with a fourth-place finish in the 400m dash in a career-best time of 48.12 … set the WSU Open meet record with a 49.15 in his first career competition as a Vandal on Jan. 14 … ran a career-best 22.53 in a fourth-place finish in the 200m at the Idaho Indoor Open on Feb. 4 … took second in the 400m at the Vandal Collegiate on Feb. 18 with a time of 48.75.

 

High School: Ayesu-Attah is a highly-decorated sprinter from Heritage Woods Secondary … won the 2009 British Columbia high school title in the 400m … posted a Fraser Valley record of 48.03 in the 400m in 2011, and added bests of 11.15 in the 100m and 22.13 in the 200m … finished 2011 ranked fourth among Canadian juniors in the 400m (48.03) and 10th in the 200m (22.13) … represented Canada at the 2009 World Youth Championships and posted semifinal finish in the 400m with a time of 48.72 after running a 48.55 in the quarterfinal round … also ran the anchor leg of Canada’s fifth-place medley relay at the World Youth Championships … competed for the Coquitlam Cheetahs club team for eight years and was named 2009 Athlete of the Year … has career-best marks of 11.10 in the 100m, 22.1 in the 200m and 48.03 in the 400m … also competed in basketball at Heritage Woods.

Personal: He is the son of Kwame and Comfort Ayesu-Attah … has two sisters, Nana and Esinam … Majoring in Business at Idaho.

 

Indoor Career Bests:
60m: 7.08
200m: 21.79
400m: 47.23
600m: 1:20.46

 

Outdoor Career Bests:
200m: 21.31
400m: 46.62
800m: 2:00.10

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