Nambawa Wins Triple Jump

Carl Morgan places ninth in same event

May 31, 2008 · Jo Jo Freeman
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Sophomore Sarah Nambawa won the triple jump with a school-record mark, ensuring herself a spot in the national championships in two weeks, leading Middle Tennessee at the NCAA Mideast Regional Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.

Nambawa broke her own mark in the triple jump, posting a winning mark of 44-5.5, just one-quarter inch ahead of LSU's Andrea Linton. She will participate in the event in two weeks at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Junior Carl Morgan had a better showing on Saturday after a poor performance the previous day. Morgan placed ninth in the triple jump with a mark of 50-8.75, but has a good chance to receiving a wild card into the national championships because of his previous mark of 51-8.25 earlier this season. Morgan must wait until Tuesday for his date.

Sophomore Brittany Cox finished 29th in the shot put with a mark of 45-8.5 and sophomore MeLyn Thompson was 35th in the event with a mark of 44-2. Cox placed 29th in the discus late Friday with a mark of 136-11.

The only runner of the day for the Blue Raiders was freshman Festus Chemaoi, who finished 22nd in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:40.18.

"Sarah did a really good job and I really think Carl has a good chance of making the nationals because of his earlier jumps this season," head coach Dean Hayes said.

Full results from the meet may be found at http://www.flashresults.com/2008_Meets/outdoor/MideastRegional/.

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