Nwaba Leads California Invitational Heptathlon After Day One

April 15, 2009

AZUSA, Calif. -- Barbara Nwaba is in the lead after day one of the California Invitational Heptathlon, which is taking place at Azusa Pacific University.

Nwaba has amassed 3200 points so far, which is 195 ahead of the second-place competitor--Emily Sheppard from Hawai'i. Nwaba's point total is also better than her previous day-one score of 3035 at the Sam Adams Combined Events. In that meet, Nwaba would go on to set a UCSB record with 4772 points.

Nwaba's top events were the 100m hurdles, where she set a new personal best of 14.55 for 902 points, and the 200 meters, where she scored 871 points. Nwaba was the individual winner of both events.

Tayler Williams is also competing for the Gauchos, and she is currently 12th in the field of 36 athletes. Williams scored 781 points in the 200 meters and ran 15.80 in the 100m hurdles, bettering her previous time by more than a second.

Tomorrow's events are the long jump, the javelin throw and the 800 meters.

Nwaba and Williams will both compete in the leaders' group tomorrow. The group will begin competition at 11:30 a.m. with the long jump. Real-time results are available here.

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