2008 (Junior): Indoor: Ninth in the mile run (5:03.86) at the C-USA Championships on March 1...26th at the Iowa State Classic with a time of 4:58.31. Outdoor: Second at the Springtime Invitational and third at the UTEP Invitational in the 800-meter run with times of 2:14.59 and 2:13.35, respectively...ninth at the Texas Relays, 2:13.34...10th at the C-USA Championships clocking in at 2:14.86...fourth in the 1500-meter relay at conference, 4:40.58 and 14th in the 5000-meter run with a time of 18:14.37.

Before UTEP: Ran cross country for two years and track for one year at South Plains College ... member of the 2006 cross country national championship team ... also third-place finisher in 2005 and 2006 at the cross country national championships ... won a marathon in Kansas in November 2006 ... runner-up in the indoor 800 meters at the Afro-Asian Games in Iran ... third in the 800 at the 2001 African Junior Championships.

Personal: Full name is Happy Mary Bacia ... double major in finance and management ... daughter of Drakuma Francis and Eunice Mindrea ... has two brothers (Andrew and Peter) and two sisters (Jackline and Sally) ... born Dec. 8, 1985, in Arua, Uganda.

Happy Mary Bacia

Happy Mary  Bacia


Arua, Uganda

High School:
Mvara Secondary School

Last College:
South Plains College


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