Chargers Earn All-American Honors at Nationals

Charger Athletics

Three University of New Haven Chargers traveled to Birmingham, Ala. to compete in NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championships Saturday.

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Junior, Ada Udaya, placed third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.437 seconds. She received her second All-American honor as a Charger and earned six points for UNH. Udaya qualified with a record time of 7.36 seconds during prelims.

Udaya also competed in the 200-meter dash, and finished in sixth place with a time of 24.08 seconds, which earned another three points for the Chargers, and another All-American title.

For sophomore Briana Conyers, this was her first national championship. She broke her previous record in the triple jump with a leap of 12.34 meters, and placed fifth overall.

Representing the men was senior David Thomas. He competed in two events on Friday, and earned All-America status in the long jump, and an 11th-place finish in the 60-meter dash.

Thomas placed seventh overall in the long jump and broke the UNH program record. He qualified for finals with a mark of 7.33 meters, which remained his best leap after finals.

Thomas did not qualify for the finals of the 60-meter dash, but improved his program record, placing 11th overall with a time of 6.83 seconds.

Both Udaya and Thomas were named USTFCCCA East Region Track Athletes of the Year. Thomas was also a two-time Northeast-10 Champion, three-time All-New England honoree and four-time All-East Region recipient this winter.

The indoor national championships conclude the 2012-13 indoor track and field season for UNH.