Annie Topal in Top Form
Annie Topal heads to Birmingham Alabama this week for the NCAA Division Two National Indoor Track and Field Championships ,carrying the flag for her school , New Mexico Highlands University. Topal who last year won both the NCAA D2 Outdoor National Title and the Pacific Games gold in the triple jump is in fine form and won the recent Rocky Mountain Conference Championship for the third year in a row with a jump of 12.92m. She is the only athlete from the school to qualify for the Nationals and will again face stiff competition from West Texas A&M’s Fatim Afessi who is ranked #1 nationally in Division 2 this season with a jump of 12.94m. Afessi, a former team mate of Rellie Kaputin has had some great competition with the PNG girls in the last two years. Topal just edged Afessi on countback in a thrilling triple jump competition at the outdoor championships last year after both girls jumped 13.02m.