Abdulai soars at track meet

June 05, 2006, volume 36, no. 3

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The Simon Fraser University Clan women's track and field team came up short in the defence of their 2005 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) national championship but walked away with some outstanding performances and a third place finish after competing in Fresno, California May 25-27.

The Clan's Ruky Abdulai, from Ghana, Africa, became the first NAIA athlete to win both the long and high jump at the outdoor championships. She fell short of setting an NAIA record after the NAIA ruled her long jump of 6.79m was wind aided. Rebecca Johnstone and Julia Howard each successfully defended their individual NAIA titles. Johnstone won the 800-metre title, leading from pillar to post and finishing in a time of 2:05.42. Howard won the 1500 metre in a time of 4:29.11 and then returned less than two hours later to finish in third place in the 800 metre.

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