Barbara Nwaba wins second U.S. title and earns first Olympic spot in the Heptathlon. Schwartz and Lettow 9th and 10th respectively
Event 7 – 800m
The rain held out for the Heptathletes to enjoy their seventh and final event and for Nwaba it was a memorable two laps around historic Hayward Field at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Nwaba’s 2:11.71 (940pts) earned her a total of 6494 points over the two day Heptathlon competition. While it was six points shy of her best, it was more than enough to clinch her second U.S. Heptathlon title and her first U.S. Olympic Team spot. Nwaba will be joined in Rio by Heather Miller-Koch (6423pts) of Central Park TC and Kendell Williams (6402pts) from Georgia.
With a 2:14.29 (903pts) 800m, Schwartz would set a personal best Heptathlon score of 6036pts, maintaining her ninth place position and marking her first time over 6000pts. Lettow finished right behind her with a 2:14.64 (898pts) and 5960pts overall good for 10th place. Hawkins would complete her Heptathlon competition with a 2:24.76 (760pts) and 5720pts overall, placing her 15th.
Event 6 – Javelin
Nwaba returned to the top spot on the overall leaderboard with a final round throw of 49.19m / 161′ 4″ (844pts) netting her 5554 total points. Schwartz also moved up the overall rankings to ninth place with her throw of 41.06m / 134′ 8″ (697pts) and 5133 total points. Lettow would also move up one spot to tenth in the overall rankings with 5062 total points after a throw of 42.20m / 138′ 5″ (710pts). Rounding out the SBTC athletes, Hawkins would maintain her 12th place position on the overall leader board with 4960pts.
With one event remaining Nwaba is in good position to win the overall title as one of the best 800m runners in the field. She has a 40 point lead over NCAA Champion Kendall Williams of Georgia.
Event 5 – Long Jump
Taking a safe jump on her second attempt, Nwaba leaped out to 5.86 / 19’2.75″ (807pts). Her four event total of 4710pts put her in fourth overall with a couple of strong Long Jumpers in the field out leaping the defending champion.
Schwartz would jump well with a 6.12m / 20’1″ (887pts) on her last jump of the event moving up to 8th through five events with 4436pts. Lettow jumped at her personal best of 6.18m / 20’3.5″ (905pts) and ended the event with the fourth best leap as well as moved her into 11th position with 4352pts. Hawkins jumped out to 5.83m / 19’1.5″ (798pts) and through five events was in 12th place with 4334pts.
Event 4 – 200m
At 200m Nwaba would register the third fastest time of the field with a 24.17 (964pts). Schwartz would also run well, just off her personal best with a 24.19 (963pts); the fourth fastest time of the day.
Nwaba concluded day one of the seven event Heptathlon competition in first place with a personal best day one score of 3903 points. She would lead the competition ahead of NCAA Champion Kendall Williams (3892pts) from the University of Georgia. Schwartz concluded day one in 10th place (3549pts), Hawkins in 12th (3536pts) and Lettow in 13th (3447pts) to round out the SBTC squad.
Through three events, Nwaba leads the competition, Hawkins moves up to 9th (2650pts), Schwartz is in 13th (2586pts) and Lettow 15th (2547pts).
Event 3 – Shot Put
It took three throws to get a mark out past the 46′ foot mark, but Nwaba did just that with a 14.16m / 46’5.50″ (805pts) toss on her final throw. It would put her in first place overall with 2939pts followed closely behind by Sharon Day-Monroe with 2901pts through three events. Schwartz bounced back from her High Jump tossing the sphere 13.52m / 44’4.25″ (762pts). Hawkins set a life time best with a throw of 12.80m / 42’0″ (714pts) while Lettow would get the shot put out to 12.09m / 39’8″ (667pts).
Event 2 – High Jump
Nwaba set the Hayward Field Heptathlon record and also tied the Olympic Trials record with a 1.90m / 6’2.75″ (1106pts) jump, catapulting her into third place over all with 2134pts through two events. Hawkins would jump 1.75m / 5’8.75 (916pts), Lettow 1.72m / 5’7.75″ (879pts) and Schwartz 1.66m / 5’5.25″ (806pts). Hawkins and Lettow sit in 10th (1936pts) and 11th (1880pts) place respectively.
Event 1 – 100M Hurdles
In the first heat of the competition Schwartz and Lettow led the charge into a -2.9 headwind racing to 13.72 (1018pts) and 13.84 (1001pts) respectively. In heat two, Nwaba would run a strong opener in 13.65 (1028pts) while Hawkins (1020pts) would race to a 13.71.
SBTC Heptathletes Set to Compete
Four SBTC Heptathletes will begin competition on Saturday, July 9 in Eugene, OR. Barbara Nwaba enters the seven-event, two-day Heptathlon ranked number one and will seek to defend her 2015 U.S. national title while also earning first Olympic roster spot. Lindsay Lettow (#10), Lindsay Schwartz (#13) and Chari Hawkins (#19) join Nwaba with not only their Olympic dreams on the line, but coveted Team USA roster spots for international competitions later in the summer.