SEATTLE, Wash.—After a great performance from Barbara Nwaba in the pentathlon where she qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championship, broke her own indoor pentathlon school record, and ranked the second in the nation, the Gauchos ended day one of the University of Washington Invite with a bang. Day two's stage was set and the rest of the women's indoor track team proved they could compete with some of the best athletes around the nation.
Irene Kujore highlighted Saturday's competition where she won the weight throw event. Kujore's best mark of the event measured 64-9.25, breaking her previous personal best of 57-3.75 she threw at last year's UW Invite meet. Kujore also competed in the shot put where she placed fourth, throwing an impressive 47-0.75 and her new season best.
Alex Francis also competed in the shot put, placing tenth with her mark of 41-5.75. Francis' best weight throw mark was 51-9.25.
In the sprints, Kelsey Bolden ran a 7.96 in the 60m. In the 400m event, Amanda Rodriguez clocked in 58.93 followed by Lauren Kodama who ran 59.17, Camille Petty at 59.28, Cherrelle McMillon at 59.30, Jessica Johnson at 1:00.59 and Bolden coming in at 1:02.21.
Tayler Williams highlighted the long jump where she placed ninth with her mark of 18-0. Veronica Gines cleared 16-5.5 in the long jump and placing 23rd, followed by Symone Evans with her farthest mark at 15-7.75. Grace Esslinger placed ninth overall with her time of 8.93 in the 60m hurdles, while Helena Montin tied for seventh place with her highest clearance at 5-5.25 in the high jump. Tayler Williams also competed in the triple jump, clearing 37-9.25 for 13th place.
Next up for the women's indoor track team is the University of New Mexico Indoor meet next weekend Feb. 4-5.