UA Track & Field Wins Seven Events at Wisconsin Invitational

Jan. 25, 2003

MADISON, Wis. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational on Saturday, January 25. The Wildcats competed against teams from Wisconsin, Indiana State and Marquette. Overall, the team won seven events and had 19 total Mountain Pacific qualifying performances, including one NCAA provisional qualifier.

In women's sprinting action, Seynabou Ndiaye led the Wildcats with a first-place finish and a personal best in the 60-meter dash. She finished the race in a time of 7.51 seconds. Freshman Angel Perkins recorded her first win of the season with a first-place finish in the 400m with a time of 56.99. Gina Mazzone finished sixth in the 400m at 1:00.32, while Elaine Gilmore placed ninth in 1:02.40. Sharifa Jones won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.72 seconds. She was closely followed by teammate Chelsea Powell, who finished second in 8.94 seconds. Lindsay Scarborough was the seventh-place finisher in 9.38 seconds. The women's 4x400m relay team finished first with a time of 3:52.47.

Beth Hoge was the top finisher for the Wildcats in the one-mile run. She finished second in 4:50.19. Michi Hirakawa-Wong was eighth in the race, finishing in 5:28.24. In the 800m, Amber Steen finished seventh in 2:20.95, while teammate Robin Tierney was tenth in 2:25.81. Four Wildcats helped fill the field of the 3,000-meter run. Nicole Gurnicz was the top Wildcat finisher in ninth place with a time of 10:35.00. Adrienne Goeller was tenth in 10:36.55. Lilli Shoen placed 13th with a time of 11:06.70, followed by Jen Ford in 15th with a time of 11:23.79.

On the field for the women, the Wildcats held four of the top six places in the pole vault. Phyllis Brown finished second with a new personal best at 12 feet, 4 inches (3.76m). Juanita Bruan was third at 11-10 (3.61m). Whitney Schauer and Kate Yee finished fifth and sixth, respectively, at 10-10 � (3.31m). Jessica Corkill was third in the long jump with a leap of 17-8 � (5.40m). Amanda Underwood was ninth in the long jump with a best mark of 15-9 (4.80m). In the shot put, Amber Varner finished fifth with a throw of 45-3 � (13.80m). Underwood threw 37-2 � (11.33m) to claim tenth place. Jackilyn Drake was third in the weight throw with a best mark of 49-1 � (14.98m), while Varner was seventh with a throw of 47-7 � (14.52m).

On the men's side, Mark Ramos finished tenth in the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.81 seconds. In the one-mile run, Grame Wells finished fifth with a time of 4:13.41, while Kevin Engelhardt crossed the line at 4:25.34 as the tenth finisher. Aaron Powell was third in the 800m with a time of 1:54.73. In his first indoor race ever, Robert Cheseret won the 3,000-meter run in 8:22.77. In the same race, Kyle Goklish finished eighth in 8:43.70 and Josh Ludwig was ninth in 8:50.94.

In men's field event action, Mike Mortensen led the team with a first-place finish in the pole vault at 16-6 � (5.05m). At the same height, Kevin Opalka finished second. Chris Chappell placed fourth at 15-7 (4.75m). In the long jump, Mark Ramos finished in a tie for first at 23-2 � (7.07m). J.R. Harrison was fourth with a leap of 22-7 � (6.89m). Harrison was second in the triple jump, posting a best leap of 50-5 � (15.37m). Sean Shields brought home another win for the Wildcats with a first-place finish in the shot put with a NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 59-6 � (18.14m). Ryan Moore finished eighth in the same event with a throw of 46-9 (14.25m). Moore finished just ahead of Shields in the weight throw with a best mark of 58-6 (17.83m) for a third-place finish. Shields was fourth with a throw of 52-0 � (15.86m).

The Wildcats have next weekend off before they head to Boise, Idaho for the Boise Elite Invitational on February 8. The distance runners will travel to Boston, Mass. for the Boston Distance Classic, which will also be held on February 8.

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