Barbara Nwaba Finishes First as an American in the NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa – UC Santa Barbara Senior, Barbara Nwaba finished first as an American, second overall in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships on Friday, earning All-American honors.

Nwaba scored a total of 5,927 points, almost sixty points off of her own personal record. Oregon University's three-time NCAA champion Brianne Theisen won the event, breaking her own heptathlon record with a score of 6,440. However, because Theisen is Canadian, Nwaba is considered the first American in the heptathlon event.

Nwaba began day two with the long jump, javelin and 800m events to go. She finished second in the javelin with her farthest throw measuring 145-10 right behind Theisen. In the long jump, Nwaba's top mark of the day measured 17-10.75. Nwaba gave it her all in the last event of the day, crossing the finish line with the sixth-fastest 800m time of 2:15.06.

Barbara Nwaba rounds out her collegiate track and field career with four NCAA All-American honors—two in the pentathlon and two in the heptathlon. Nwaba previously earned All-American honors in 2010, finishing 12th in the heptathlon.