Nwaba Pads Heptathlon Record With 5000 Point Score

Nwaba Pads Heptathlon Record With 5000 Point Score

April 16, 2009

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AZUSA, Calif. -- Two heptathlons, two UCSB records. Sophomore Barbara Nwaba scored 5039 points in the California Invitational Heptathlon on Thursday afternoon, winning the meet and raising her own record by 267 points.

Nwaba was leading the competition after day one with 3200 points, and she defended her position with another solid outing in the 800 meters. She ran 2:25.10 in the final event to add 756 points to her score and eclipse the 5000 point barrier.

Nwaba set personal bests in all three of the final day's events, with marks of 17-8.75 (5.40m) in the long jump and 87-2 (26.58m) in the javelin to complement her 800m time.

Second place went to Amanda Gylling of Adams State with 4853 points, and third went to Stephanie LeFever of UC San Diego. There were 36 athletes in the competition.

Gaucho freshman Tayler Williams also had a good meet, setting a new personal best of 4345. Williams is currently ninth on UCSB's all-time heptathlon list.

Tomorrow the Gauchos will be competing at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif., with some members of the team competing at the Mt. SAC Invitational in Walnut, Calif.

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