Two Gauchos Square off in Thorpe Cup

Two Gauchos Square off in Thorpe Cup

Marburg, Germany- A former Gaucho and a current coach will compete on opposite teams in the 2014 Thorpe Cup. A mid-summer classic for the combined events, the Thorpe Cup is an annual dual meet between USA and Germany. Former Gaucho superstar Barbara Nwaba will headline team USA  after a thrilling second place performance at the USATF Outdoor Championships this June. Nwaba tallied up a historic heptathlon, moving to 14th all-time in the US with a score of 6307 points. 

Annett Fleming just completed her third year at UCSB as an Assistant Coach and has been enjoying a career best year. Fleming scored a lifetime best 5918 points at the Mt. Sac Relays in April and will be competing in the second slot for Team Germany. A native of Jena, Fleming last represented Germany in 2001 when she won the IAAF World Junior Championship in the heptathlon. 

Both Fleming and Nwaba experienced tremendous collegiate careers. Nwaba holds the UCSB school record in the 100m hurdles and the heptathlon and Fleming holds the University of Hawaii school record in the heptathlon and the javelin. They each earned four All-American awards as a result of their performances at NCAA Championships. 

Nwaba is coached by former Gaucho coach Josh Priester while Annett is coached by her husband, current UCSB Associate Head Coach Cody Fleming. Priester and Fleming were college teammates in Eugene. 

The Thorpe Cup will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27 in Marburg, Germany. A full media guide can be found HERE, courtesy of the legendary combined event guru Frank Zarnowski, perhaps the leading figure in the multi-events world wide. Team USA will send seven athletes while Team Germany will compete 5. The top three scores from each team will be calculated to determine the overall winner.