Cowgirl Trackster Makes Her Mark On First Day Of MWC Championships

Feb. 24, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -

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The action from Day One of the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track Championships put one Wyoming student-athlete in the Cowgirl record book.

Freshman Ku'uipo Nakoa finished 10th overall in the women's pentathlon Thursday with 3,152 points. Completing her first pentathlon in her career, Nakoa's point total put her fourth on UW's all-time top-10 list.

The pentathlon began with the 60-meter hurdles Thursday morning. Nakoa finished fifth in the event with a time of 9.07 seconds. Senior Britney Jackson was 13th at 9.98 seconds.

Jackson began the competition Thursday and completed three events, but had to withdraw due to an ankle injury after the shot put.

"It's tough to end an indoor career like that, but she still has an outdoor season to bounce back," UW multi-events coach Quincy Howe said of Jackson's day.

The high jump was next, and Nakoa shined yet again, coming in seventh with a mark of 5 feet, 1 inch. Jackson trailed in the 12th spot, with a height of 4-9 ½. After two events, Nakoa had 1,573 points, good for seventh, while Jackson had 1,293 points, good for 13th overall.

Jackson came in eighth in the shot put, with a distance of 31 feet, 2 ½ inches, and Nakoa was 14th, with a mark of 28-10 ¼. After three events, Nakoa was ninth with 2,024 points, and Jackson was 13th with 1,790 points.

Nakoa finished ninth in the long jump, hitting a distance of 16 feet, 6 inches. That pushed her total to 2,591 points, good for 10th place entering the last event of the day, the 800-meter run.

In the final event of the day, the 800-meter run, Nakoa finished 10th with a time of 2:41.07.

"(Ku'uipo) had an unfortunate incident earlier in the year where she didn't complete a pentathlon. This was the first weekend she had completed one," Howe said. "It was a big difference because not many high schoolers do the pentathlon. It's disappointing that she wasn't in scoring position. At the same time, you saw a lot today that shows she could be competitive in the conference."

The action will pick up again on Day Two of the MWC Indoor Championships on Friday. The field events begin at 1 p.m., and the track events begin at 1:30 p.m.