SBTC’s Barbara Nwaba in 7th at world-class meet; Oregon TC’s Theisen-Eaton leads competition

From Santa Barbara Track Club

Gotzis Results

Top: Barb Nwaba participates in the Kids Challenge Cup in Götzis with “Team Violet.” “I had a great time with the kids. Before each event they had me take a turn and try it out. I was surprised at hard I was working!” It was like an IAAF event where they can compare their scores with kids all over the world. Bottom: Tom FitzSimons & Lindsay Schwartz, along with Canadian athlete, Maddie Buttinger, arrive at the Chris Lemaitre Stadium in Oyonnax.

After Day of 1 competition at the 41st Gotzis Hypo Meeting in Austria, one of the most celebrated Track & Field events in the world, Santa Barbara Track Club‘s Barbara Nwaba (USA) vaulted herself into the Top 10 placing herself 7th overall after a personal best day with 3,847 points. Oregon Track Club‘s Brianne Theisen-Eaton (CAN) who trains in Santa Barbara in the off-season leads the Heptathlon with 4,031 points over reigning Olympic Champion, Jessica Ennis-Hill (GBR) who sits in third with 3,928 points.

Day two of the Heptathlon competition resumes on Sunday, May 31.

Nwaba By the Numbers – Day 1

  • 100 Meter Hurdles: 13.55, 1043pts
  • High Jump: 5’10.75″ / 1.80m, 978pts
  • Shot Put: 47’7.25″ / 14.51m, 828pts
  • 200m: 23.82, 998pts (personal best)
  • Day 1 Total: 3,847pts (personal best)

Other Notable News & Notes

  • Theisen-Eaton’s Day 1 score of 4,031pts is ahead of her silver medal winning performance at the 2013 IAAF World Championships as well as her overall Heptathlon personal best score, which she set in Gotzis in 2014.
  • Ashton Eaton of the Oregon Track Club who trains in Santa Barbara in the off-season is out of the competition due to a lower back injury suffered during Shot Practice this past week.
  • Santa Barbara Track Club’s Lindsay Schwartz and Thomas FitzSimons, Jr. are also competing across the pond at a multi-events competition in Oyonnax, France.