Barbara Nwaba’s Heptathlon Hurdles Determination Powers UCSB Grad; Plus Pier to Peak, Water Polo, and More

A fighter can get knocked down twice in the first round and still come back to win the bout.

But for Barbara Nwaba of the Santa Barbara Track Club, the two-day heptathlon at theIAAF World Championships in Beijing began with a knockout blow. In the 100-meter hurdles race, she lost her rhythm in the run-up to the first hurdle, crashed into the second hurdle and fell, regained her feet, but fell again over the fifth hurdle. She did not receive a score, leaving her an insurmountable 1,000 points behind the world’s best all-around women in track and field. …

Nwaba started the year by winning the Sam Adams heptathlon at Westmont College; she set a new PR of 6,342 points while finishing 11th against an international field in Götzis, Austria; and she earned her trip to Beijing by winning the U.S. championship in Eugene, Oregon, with a milestone score of 6,500 points. more

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