Sports: Peak Performances S.B. Track Club Stars Score Big in National Track & Field Championships

Josh Priester had such faith in Barbara Nwaba’s potential in the heptathlon that he quit his job as associate director of track and field at UCSB and launched a nonprofit program to train post-graduate female athletes, the focal trainee being Nwaba. It was called the Women’s Athletic Performance Foundation (WAPF). … Nwaba welcomed the change. Tom FitzSimons, a decathlete from Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland, joined the club. “Having guys train with us is a good thing,” Nwaba said. “Tom and I ran a lot of hills here [above the club’s training track at Westmont College] to get ready for the season.” more

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