Amarachi Ukabam earns her fifth All-American honor as a Saluki at the NCAA Indoor Championships
March 10, 2006
By Shalae Schulte
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Two Southern Illinois throwers earned All-American status Friday afternoon at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Senior Amarachi Ukabam threw a personal best to finish second in the nation in the women's weight throw. Sophomore Brittany Riley finished fifth in the event, the duo earning 12 points for first place in team competition after just one event scored.
Ukabam threw 73-02.75, a personal best by nearly two feet, to earn her eighth All-American honor, her fifth since transferring from Ohio State to SIU as a junior.
"This feels great," Ukabam said. "This is something I've wanted for a long time. I just put it in Gods hands and tried to attack every throw."
Riley, the national leader heading into today's competition, threw 68-10 for fifth and her first All-American honor.
"I didn't do as well as I had hoped," Riley said. "It was the worst meet of the whole season. Everything went wrong for me, but I tried my best. I'm still young and it's my first NCAA meet so I have time to improve and over the next two years can get to where I want to be."
Saluki throws coach John Smith commented on the day, "Twelve points in one event at a national meet is something I've never done as a coach. Achi (Ukabam) used her experience to focus and compete, doing a great job and breaking her personal record by two feet. Brittany was disappointed, everything that could go wrong did and there's no reason for it, but that's what happens in track."
"Achi's throwing the shot really well right now and looking forward to tomorrow," Smith said. "Between her and Mark I'm hoping to bring home four All-Americans"