Arizona Track and Field Signs Four in Early Signing Period

Nov. 21, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona track and field team has signed four athletes in the early signing period, announced head coach Dave Murray on Wednesday. Two sprinters and two throwers will be added to the team for the 2003 season.

Jennifer Whitlock comes from Montclair (N.J.) High School. She competes in the 100-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and the 4 x 400-meter relay. She has been running track for three years and only hurdling for a year and a half. 'Jennifer is a young lady with great speed and size, and she is very underdeveloped. She will come in and make a national level impact right away,' said associate head coach Fred Harvey.

Angel Perkins, a native of Cerritos, Calif., is a competitor in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and the 400-meter dash at Gahr High School. She comes in as the national indoor record holder in the 400-meter dash, the two-time defending World Youth Champion in the 200-meter dash, and a member of U.S. World Championships team that competed in Edmonton last summer. 'Angel is a big recruit. She will come in and pick up the strength we will lose with Brianna Glenn. She is the most versatile sprinter to come out of high school in the last 10 years,' said Harvey.

Rachel Varner is currently a senior from Bakersfield (Calif.) High School. She competes in the shot put and the discus. She was the Golden West discus champion and the California state high school discus champion last season. 'Rachel is very powerful. Last year, she beat all of the top girls at the Golden West meet. I am excited about the way she competes with authority,' said throwing coach John Frazier.

Amber Varner, Rachel Varner's older sister, is a sophomore at Bakersfield (Calif.) Community College. Amber is one of the top junior college throwers out of California, competing in the hammer throw and shot put. 'She will be a great addition in terms of getting our women's throwing program going,' commented Frazier.

The Wildcat track and field staff is very excited about the talent the program has gained during the past two signing periods. This year, Rachel Varner and Angel Perkins are the top athletes in their respective events. Last year, Arizona signed the top male hurdler, top male thrower, and top female distance runner in California.

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