Wildcat Track & Field Finishes Strong at MPSF Championships

Feb. 22, 2003

BOISE, Idaho - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field team completed the final day of competition of the Mountain Pacific Indoor Conference Championships on Saturday, February 22 in Boise, Idaho. The Wildcat men finished third overall with 74 points, while the women placed sixth with 22 points. The Stanford women and the UCLA men won the team titles.

The men's team brought home champions in the 60-meter hurdles, the 4x400 meter relay and the pole vault. Jeff Hunter won the 60-meter hurdles with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7.88 seconds. The 4x400 meter relay team was made up of Hunter, Adrain Thomas, Daniel Olea and Jevon Mason. It was Mason who passed the anchor leg of UCLA in the final stretch to claim the victory in a time of 3:13.75. In the pole vault, Kevin Opalka won with a vault of 17 feet, 2 � inches (5.25m).

On the women's side, Wildcats claimed titles in the 60-meter dash and the pole vault. Seynabou Ndiaye won the 60 meters in a time of 7.49 seconds to tie her season's best. Linnen won the pole vault yesterday with a leap of 14 feet, 5 inches (4.39m).

In the rest of Saturday's men's finals, Mason finished third in the 400 meters with a time of 47.95, while he was eighth in the 200 meters final with a time of 21.93 seconds. Jin Daikoku looked impressive in the mile run, finishing third in a personal best time of 4:09.72. Aaron Powell finished strong in the 800 meters with a fifth place finish and a time of 1:53.96. Robert Cheseret was second in the 5,000 meters with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 14:13.22. Kyle Goklish had a strong race in the 5,000 meters, finishing ninth in 14:43.00. The distance medley relay team was third overall behind UCLA and Stanford. The team, made up of Josh Ludwig, J.R. Harrison, Daikoku and Graeme Wells, finished in 10:06.82.

Saturday's men's field finals included the men's pole vault, which was won by Opalka. Also in the pole vault for the Wildcats were Chris Chappell and Sam Jacobson. They both finished in a tie for ninth place at 15 feet, 11 inches (4.85m). Harrison finished third in the triple jump with a leap of 50 feet, � inches. Mike Mensah was 15th in the triple jump. In the weight throw, Ryan Moore finished fifth with a toss of 61 feet, 11 � inches (18.88m), a new season's best for him.

In the women's track finals, Angel Perkins finished eighth in the 400 meters final in a time of 58.60, while dealing with a slight injury. Amber Steen finishd 11th in the 1,600 meters, while teammate Adrienne Goeller was 11th in the 5,000 meters. The 4x400 meter relay team was seventh in 3:53.78. The team was made up of Chelsea Powell, Ndiaye, Lindsay Scarborough and Perkins. Amber Varner finished tied for tenth in the shot put with a throw of 47 feet, 11 � inches, which is a new personal record for her.

Arizona's NCAA qualifiers will begin to train for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which will be held in Fayetteville, Ark. on March 14-15. Several athletes will attend a last chance meet next weekend for one final opportunity to qualify for the indoor championships, while the rest of the team will gear up for the outdoor season, which begins March 8 at the Bill Sawyer Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.

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