Kutu-Akoi ran a time of 11.52 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
100-meter preliminaries set for 5:40 a.m. EST.
Kutu-Akoi will run the 100-meter dash and be the flag-bearer for her home nation of Liberia.
. John's 100-meter record holder wins preliminary heat at international competition.
Senior sprinter earns her second honor this season.
NBC 4's Bruce Beck Features Phobay Kutu-Akoi Liberia's Flag Bearer In The Olympics
STJ Track & Field NCAA East Regional Preview: Sr. Sprinter Phobay Kutu-Akoi
STJ Track & Field BIG EAST Championship Preview: Phobay Kutu-Akoi
Screenshots of Phobay's 100-meter heat at the 2012 Olympics.
As A Junior (2007-08): Served as captain ... Indoor - 60-meter dash: qualified for the ECACs as the Metropolitan Champion with a season-best time of 7.60 seconds (Feb. 1) ... finished seventh at the ECACs (March 8), earning All-ECAC honors with a time of 7.70 ... was the runner-up at the Yale Classic with a time of 7.70 (Jan. 12) ... also ran in the BIG EAST finals, earning All-BIG EAST honors with an eighth-place time of 7.68 (Feb. 23) ... 200-meter dash: earned ECAC qualifying marks in the 200-meter dash at the Metropolitan Championships (Feb. 1) with a career-best time of 24.99 ... finished 26th at the ECACs (March 8) ... Outdoor - 100-meters: was the runner up at the Metropolitan Championships (April 19) with a time of 12.24 ... raced to a career-best time of 12.08 at the ECAC Championships (May 16) ... 200-meters: had a season-best time of 25.10 as the runner-up at STJ Monday Meeting II (April 14) ... ran as the lead leg of the Metropolitan Champion 4x400-meter relay team, the eighth place All-BIG EAST squad and the ECAC team who finished 20th with a time of 3:50.33 ... also ran as the lead leg of the Metropolitan Champion 4x100-meter relay team, the seventh place All-BIG EAST squad and the 15th-place ECAC team.
As A Sophomore (2006-07): Indoor - qualified for the ECAC Championships in the 60-meter dash with a season-best time of 7.71 seconds for a fifth-place finish at the Yale Invitational (Jan. 13) ... placed second at the Great Dane Invite (Jan. 19) in the 200-meters with a time of 25.08 seconds ... Outdoor - Earned All-BIG EAST honors as part of the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams at the BIG EAST Championships (May 4)... part of the 4x100-meter Metropolitan Champion relay team (Apr. 21) ... was the Metropolitan Championship runner-up in both the 100-meter, with a season-best time of 12.10, and the 200-meter at 25.10 ... also crossed the tape second in the 100-meter dash at the UCI Spring Break Classic (Mar. 22) with a time of 12.23 and in the 200-meters at the Yale Springtime Invitational (Apr. 29) with another career-best time of 24.85.
As A Freshman (2005-06): Indoor - at the Fordham Christmas Classic, won the 60-meter dash in 7.50 seconds, a career best, and was a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that captured first place ... Outdoor - qualified for the BIG EAST Championship in the 100-meter dash where she clocked in at 12.26 seconds ... crossed the line in 12.13 seconds in the 100-meters at the Sea Ray Relays (April 14) ... posted a time of 25.02 in the 200-meter dash at the St. John's Twilight Meet (May 18) ... member of the 4x100-meter relay that participated at the ECAC Championships.
Before St. John's: Received John F. Kennedy High School's Most Outstanding Runner award all four years ... Most Dedicated Award recipient ... recorded high school best times of 6.94 seconds in the 55m dash, 12.10 in the 100-meter dash, 25.1 in the 200-meter dash, 40.9 in the 300-meter dash and 57.5 in the 400-meter dash.
Personal: Daughter of Patrick and Etta M. Kutu-Akoi ... born in Monrovia, Liberia ... has five siblings, Patrick (36), Patricia (33), Hawa (27), Farwoe (22), and Domoah (11) ... a psychology major ... served as a representative for S.A.A.C. and as a volunteer at the St. Nick's Shelter ... meditates before meets and gets relaxed with Gospel songs before putting on her "get pumped" playlist ... lists the track as her favorite place at St. John's because practice with her teammates helps get her mind off her everyday stresses.
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