Nambawa Places Eighth at NCAA Meet

Sophomore garners program's 85th All-America honor

March 15, 2008 · Jo Jo Freeman
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee sophomore Sarah Nambawa finished eighth in the triple jump, earning All-America honors Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Kampala, Uganda, native was ninth in her preliminary flight until the third and final jump when she posted a mark of 43-10.5 at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the University of Arkansas campus. She made the finals with that mark and finished eighth overall in the event.

Nambawa is only the third Blue Raider female to earn All-America honors in the triple jump indoors and the first since 2001. Jacqui Brown garnered the accolades in 1994 and Kim Freeman in 2001. She is the 45th different Middle Tennessee to earn All-America honors and it is the 95th All-American accolade for the Blue Raiders under head coach Dean Hayes.

Full results from the meet may be found at www.ladybacks.com.

"It was a great experience for her and hopefully next time she'll do even better," Hayes said. "She's improved by six feet since she's been at Middle Tennessee, so what more can you ask for?"

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