UAPB takes home 4 SWAC indoor titles


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Ninfa Barnard broke her own SWAC records in two events this past weekend and was named Most Outstanding Track Performer for the second straight year at the conference’s indoor track and field championships.

On Sunday, Barnard repeated as the 1,600-meter champion, turning in a new record time of 5 minutes, 3.99 seconds. She beat her 2013 mark by 1.92 seconds.

Barnard also won the 3,200 meters on Saturday. Her 10:00.34 time was 5.25 seconds faster than her winning mark last year.

Joyce Chumo of Mississippi Valley State and Artrailia Lesane of Alabama State rounded out the top three in the 3,000.

Sireta Roach of UAPB successfully defended her shot put championship with a 46-foot, 2.5-inch throw. Her throw was almost 3 feet better than last year’s.

UAPB added a championship in the men’s 1,600 Sunday, as Matthew Agard won the race with a time of 4:25.09, just 1 second ahead of Prairie View A&M’s Sorone Batiste. Agard also came in third in the 3,000.

UAPB finished eighth in men’s team standings with 50 points. Grambling State (98) won the championship.

The UAPB women’s team (53) was fifth, while Alabama State (212) outdistanced the pack for the title.