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Nambawa earns All-America honors as triple jump runner-up Saturday

Uganda native collects second-place finish at national championships

March 14, 2009 · Athletic Communications

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Junior Sarah Nambawa garnered her second indoor All-American honor by placing second in the triple jump Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas.

She leaped to a mark of 44-4.00 (13.51m) for her second-longest distance of her careers. The second-place finish trailed national champion Kimberly Williams of Florida State by less than a foot.

Nambawa earned her top distance on her second of six tries and bettered 15 other competitors in the event.

Friday night Nambawa participated in the long jump, finishing sixth in the first flight with a jump of 20-03.00 at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the Texas A&M campus. Unfortunately, it was not enough to qualify her for the finals finishing just one spot out of the final nine. She finished 10th out of a field 16. Her jump of 20-03.00 was her second longest this season.

Nambawa broke a Middle Tennessee indoor record that had stood for over 15 years last month at the MT Valentine Invitational. Her jump of 20-10.00 broke 1994 women's long jump national champion Dionne Rose's record of 20-8.25.

The Kampala, Uganda native earned the 82nd All-American accolade in Middle Tennessee track history. The second-place finish gave the Blue Raiders eight team points.

Full results can be found at aggieathletics.com.

Nambawa will rejoin her teammates next weekend in Memphis, Tenn., at the Rhodes Open Meet for the beginning of the outdoor campaign. Full coverage and results can be found at goblueraiders.com.

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