April 21, 2011
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
Cowgirl freshman Ku'uipo Nakoa was in seventh place out of 12 competitors in the heptathlon after Day One at Glenn Morris Multi track meet Thursday in Fort Collins.
Participating in her first heptathlon, Nakoa has 2,713 points after four events, just 13 points behind the sixth-place competitor and 22 points behind the fifth-place athlete.
"This is a new event for Ku. Not many high school athletes do the heptathlon, so I am pleased with her effort after Day One," UW assistant coach Quincy Howe said. "If she matches that effort and intensity tomorrow, she will be well on her way to a very good first heptathlon score total."
In the first event, Nakoa raced to a time of 15.17 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles. She then reached a height of 5 feet, 1 inch in the high jump, and hit a distance of 32-7 ¾ in the shot put. To cap the day off, she managed a time of 27.27 seconds in the 200-meter dash.
On Friday, Nakoa and the other competitors will conclude the heptathlon with the long jump, javelin throw and the 800-meter run.
Other UW student-athletes will begin Friday at the Jack Christiansen Invitational on Friday in Fort Collins, including those in the men's hammer throw and women's hammer throw.