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Nambawa Wins Triple Jump at UK

Franklin, Chemaoi also placed third

January 12, 2008 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Sarah Nambawa won the triple jump with an NCAA provisional mark, Greg Franklin finished third in the 200-meters and Festus Chemaoi was third in the 3000-meters, leading Middle Tennessee's track and field teams over the weekend at the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Ky.

Nambawa posted a personal-best mark of 43-1.75 in winning the triple jump Friday night at Nutter Fieldhouse on the University of Kentucky campus. The sophomore also finished seventh in the long jump with a mark of 18-1 and was seventh in the 400-meters in 56.67.

Franklin, a transfer from Pratt Community College in Kansas, placed third in the 200 in 21.82 and was fifth in the 400 in 49.05. Franklin led three runners in the 200, with Pete Senatus placing sixth in 22.16 and Samuel Adade finishing eighth in 22.44.

Chemaoi finished third in the 3000 in 8:30.61, while sophomore William Songock placed fifth in the mile run in 4:19.22.

Sophomores MeLyn Thompson and Brittany Cox had good performances in the shot put, placing fourth and sixth, respectively, with marks of 47-11.25 and 47-3.75. Cox also finished eighth in the weight throw with a mark of 52-8.

In the sprints for the men, newcomer DeRay Sloss ran 8.27 in the 60-meter hurdle prelims and placed seventh in the finals with a time of 8.24. Carl Morgan was eighth in the 400 in 49.78.

"Sarah had a great jump Friday night in the triple jump and missed the board all together, so she'll jump even further," head coach Dean Hayes said. "Greg did a nice job in the 200 and Festus had a good race as well. It was a good meet, something to get back in the swing of things and we got some good performances."

Middle Tennessee will host the Blue Raider Invitational next Saturday at Murphy Center.

Full results from the meet may be found at http://livestats.ukathletics.com/track/011108/index.htm.

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