Barbara Nwaba

A 2016 U.S. Olympian and two-time defending U.S. Champion in the Heptathlon as well as the 2016 U.S Indoor Pentathlon champion, Barbara is a Los Angeles native and graduate of UC-Santa Barbara. Along with her national and international accomplishments representing Team USA, Barbara is also a coach and mentor to aspiring youth Track & Field athletes with the Santa Barbara Track Club. Her work on and off the track was recently featured on NBC's 2016 Olympic Zone broadcast. Barbara was a 4x NCAA All-American for UCSB. 

Country: United States
Event: Heptathlon / Pentathlon
Birthdate: January 18, 1989
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
College: UC Santa Barbara, Class of 2012
High School: University High School, Class of 2007



  • 12th Place Olympic Games Heptathlon – 6,309pts
  • U.S. Olympic Trials Champion (Heptathlon)
  • Team USA - IAAF World Indoor Championships - 4th Place - Personal Record - 4,661pts
  • USA Indoor Championships Gold Medalist (Pentathlon) – Personal Record – 4,414pts


  • Set #6 U.S. All-Time Heptathlon Score at USA Outdoor Championships with 6,500pts
  • Team USA – IAAF World Championships
  • USA Outdoor Championships Gold Medalist (Heptathlon) – Personal Record – 6,500pts
  • Gotzis Hypo Meeting – 11th place – Personal Record – 6,342pts
  • Sam Adams Combined Events Heptathlon Champion
  • USA Indoor Championships Silver Medalist (Pentathlon)


  • Finished Outdoor season ranked #15 in the World
  • Set #14 U.S. All-Time Heptathlon Score at USA Outdoor Championships with 6,307pts
  • One of two Heptathletes in the U.S. with 2016 Olympic A Standard
  • Thorpe Cup Gold Medalist (USA vs. Germany) – Meet Record – 6,205pts
  • USA Outdoor Championships Silver Medalist – Personal Record – 6,307pts
  • MT. SAC Heptathlon Champion – 6,018pts
  • USA Indoor Championships Bronze Medalist (Pentathlon) – 4,408pts


  • Set Big West Conference Championship Meet Record – 5,714pts
  • Set Big West Conference Heptathlon Record – 5,986pts – at Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational
  • Olympic Trials 5th Place Finisher – 5,986pts
  • NCAA Division I Runner-Up – 5,927pts
  • NCAA Division I 4th place – 5,714pts
  • Big West Champion – 5,986pts

Other Notables

  • 4x NCAA Division I All-America
  • 8x All-Big West 
  • 6x Big West Champion
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