EUGENE, Ore. – Martha Bissah's stellar run through the NCAA track and field postseason culminated Saturday night with a sixth-place finish in the 800 meters at the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, earning the Norfolk State sophomore first-team All-American honors at historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon.
Bissah clocked a time of 2 minutes, 6.79 seconds in a steady downpour, finishing ahead of higher-seeded athletes Sabrina Southerland from Oregon and Jazmine Fray from Texas A&M to score three points for the Spartans in the team standings.
By finishing in the top eight at the national championship meet, Bissah earns first-team Division I All-American honors. She becomes just the fourth Spartan women's track and field athlete to earn All-American honors at the Division I level. Long jumper Tianna Goldring, who placed fourth at the 2004 NCAA outdoor meet, was NSU's last first-team All-American prior to Bissah.
Bissah was the only MEAC women's track athlete to advance to an event final this week.