|Hometown:||New Paltz, NY|
|Team:||Track & Field|
Meremu Chikwendu ’98
Hometown: New Paltz, NY
Sport: Track & Field
Year Inducted: 2005
Meremu Chikwendu ’98 was one of the dominant runners in the Ivy League, both indoor and outdoor. The holder of 17 Heptagonal Titles, Chikwendu captured five Heptagonal championships in the 200 meters, three in the 400 meters, six as part of the 4x400 meter relay and another five in the 4x100 meter relay. Her name appears on Brown’s Top Five all-time performance list 12 times, and Top 10 list 17 times.
Born in Nsukka, Anambra State, Nigeria, Chikwendu moved to the U.S. with her family at the age of eight. A star on the New Paltz High School track team where she won various league and sectional championships, she came to Brown in the fall of 1994 and quickly became one of the Ivy League’s top sprinters.
In just her freshman year, Chikwendu captured a total of five Heps Titles, including the indoor and outdoor 200-meter championships. She went on to defend her 200-meter titles her sophomore year, accumulating four more Heps titles in 1996.
Despite not winning the 200 Indoor Heptagonal Title in 1997, Chikwendu posted the ninth fastest time in Indoor Heps history that year. She recorded Heps Titles in the outdoor 400 meters and a pair of relay titles, including her third straight indoor 4x400 relay championship.
In her senior year with the Bears, Chickwendu closed out a stellar career by obtaining five more Heps Titles. For the indoor season, she took wins in the 400 meters, the first of her career, and in the 4x400 meter relay. The relay’s time of 3:44.88 set the Heps record, which still stands to this day. At the 1998 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships, Chikwendu took home titles in the 200 meters, the 4x100 relay and the 4x400 relay, which posted the fastest time in Heps history at that time.
She is just one of seven two-time Indoor Heps 200 meter champions, one of six two-time Outdoor Heps 400 meter champions. She is also just one of four, four-time Indoor Heps 4x400 meter relay champions.
Upon graduation in 1998, Chikwendu moved to Boston where she worked first at a newspaper, and then at a publishing company. In late 2000, she decided to give up the cold winters of the East Coast for the sunny shores of Los Angeles. She currently works at a non-profit research organization.