Nwaba, Masterson Shine at Sam Adams Multi-Events Meet
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior Barbara Nwaba broke the all-time Big West Conference record in the record in the heptathlon with a score of 5,986 at the Sam Adams Multi-Events Meet last week at Westmont College. Nwaba's score ranks her at No. 1 in the NCAA and surpassed the Olympic Trials A Standard and hit the Olympic Games B standard.
Nwaba, who competed for Team USA and last year's Jim Thorpe Cup, tied for first in the high jump at 1.84 meters (6.03675 feet) and finished second in the shot put (13.49 meters/44.2585 feet ), 800 meters in a time of 2:17.70 and the javelin (43.17 meters/141.634 feet). Overall, Nwaba finished second behind Asics' Sharon Day in the event.
Derek Masterson wrapped up the Sam Adams meet with a solid third place out of 18 total decathletes, scoring a career best 7,558 points, a figure that ranks him sixth nationally, a figure that automatically qualifies him for the NCAA Championships. Masterson finished third in four events at the meet; long jump (6.90 meters/22.6378 feet), discus (42.81 meters/140.453 feet), javelin (57.68 meters/189.239 feet) and the 1,500 meters at 4:40.53.
Currently UCSB is the only school with NCAA qualifiers in both the heptathlon and the decathlon.
Fellow Gaucho Mike Powers had an overall impressive two days of competition as well placing fifth overall with a career best 7,138 total points, a figure that ranks him among the top-15 nationally. He placed second in four of the ten events including the 100 meters at 10.98, 400 meters at 48.55, 110 hurdles in 14.94 and the high jump at 1.93 meters (6.33302 feet). Powers second-place finish in the 400 meters was nothing to be ashamed of, Ashton Eaton of Otc Elite won the event in a time of 45.68, tying a 44-year old world record held by Bill Toomey.
Josh Codding also competed for the Gauchos placing eighth overall with a final score of 6,538.
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