UA Track and Field Gains Five in Early Signing Period
Nov. 26, 2002
The University of Arizona track and field teams signed five new athletes during the early signing period. The UA track and field coaching staff has again attracted some of the nation's top athletes in another outstanding recruiting class.
Middle-distance runner Miranda Clark, sprinter/hurdler Tiffany McDonald, pole vaulter April Kubishta, thrower Billie Jo 'BJ' Grant and middle-distance runner Eric Chavez have all signed Letters-of-Intent to compete for the Wildcats during the 2003-2004 season.
Clark will join the Wildcats from Tennessee where she was the 2002 3A state champion in the 800m and runner-up in the 400m in 2001 and 2002. She has personal best times of 2:10.34 in the 800 meters and 56.4 in the 400 meters.
McDonald, high school standout from Peoria, Ariz., will join the Wildcats with quite a few records under her belt. Her time of 13.83 in the 100-meter hurdles is the third fastest time in state history. She is ranked at the country's No. 4 returning hurdler, and placed third at the 2002 Junior Olympic National Championships. McDonald ran the lead off for Peoria High School's state record 4x100 meters relay team that ran a time of 45.73, the third fastest time in the country last season. She has a personal best time of 11.92 in the 100 meters.
Kubishta, another standout from the state of Arizona, will join the Wildcats from Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Kubishta holds a personal best vault of 12 feet, 7 ï¿½ inches. She won the Arizona state title in the pole vault in 2002, breaking the state record three times in the process.
Grant comes to the team from Arroyo Grande, Calif., which is also home to last year's freshman sensation Sean Shields. Grant has personal records of 176 feet, 10 inches in the discus and 45 feet in the shot put. She was the 2002 USA Junior Champion in the discus. She was also on the World Junior team over the summer, placing fifth in the discus.
Chavez will join the Wildcats from Rio Rico, Ariz., where he was one of the state's top distance runners. He is a two-time state champion in the 800 meters and two-time 3A state cross country champion. He has a personal best time of 1:53.96 in the 800 meters. He has run under 49 seconds for his 4x400 meter split.