Albuquerque, NM- Representing the newly created Santa Barbara Track Club, former Gaucho Barbara Nwaba won her first USA Track and Field Championship medal by placing third at the USATF Indoor Championships in the pentathlon. The USA Track and Field Indoor Championships were held in the Albuquerque Convention Center on February 21-23. Nwaba amassed a score of 4406, which was a 162pt. personal best. Her performance currently ranks 10th in the world on the IAAF World List.
Nwaba opened her competition with an 8.51 performance in the 60m hurdles. She then moved on to the high jump where she cleared her first 6 heights on a first attempt clearance, finishing with a best height of 6-00.75, taking second overall in the event behind eventual winner Sharon Day-Monroe. Nwaba followed with another second place event performance with a shot put heave of 44-5.5. Needing a solid long jump to stay in medal contention, Nwaba delivered a lifetime best leap of 18-8.5 in her opening attempt down the runway. She ran a 2:19.75 to close out the competition in the 800m.
Enroute to winning the competition, Sharon Day-Monroe rewrote the American Record with a score of 4805- 12th all-time on the world list.
After missing much of 2013 with an injury, Nwaba appears to have regained her form. Nwaba was the 2012 NCAA Heptathlon Runner-Up and finished her stellar UCSB Career with a 5th place finish in the 2012 Olympic Trials. At her final Big West Outdoor Championship meet, "Barbs" delivered a performance for the ages, winning 4 events enroute to racking up 40.5 individual points. Nwaba is the Big West record holder in the heptathlon with a score of 5986.
The Santa Barbara Track Club was founded by former Gaucho Associate Director Josh Priester. On top of Nwaba's performance, the SBTC recorded two other top-6 performances at the USATF Indoor Championship.