Willie Williams Classic Ends Successfully for UA Track & Field

March 22, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams completed a successful final day of competition at the 19th annual Willie Williams Classic. Today's action was highlighted by alternating events between the high school and college sections. The Wildcats had several great performances in the track events and field events.

Leading it off for the UA women, Seynabou Ndiaye won the 100 meters in a time of 11.75, earning a NCAA regional qualifying time. Also competing in the 100 meters, Chelsye Wika finished 17th, followed by Marquita Taylor in 18th. In the women's 400, Elaine Gilmore was 12th in 59.22, while teammate Gina Mazzone finished 13th in a time of 59.75. Chelsea Powell was the top finisher for the Wildcats in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing seventh in 14.71 seconds. Lindsay Scarborough was ninth with a time of 14.98, while Amanda Underwood was 16th overall. The women's 4x100 meter relay finished third in 46.08 behind Washington State and New Mexico State. Also finishing third was the 4x400 meter relay team in 3:51.73.

On the field for the Wildcat women, Connie Jerez began her Arizona career with a big win in the pole vault, finishing at 13 feet, 5 � inches (4.10m), earning a NCAA regional qualifying mark. Also earning a NCAA regional qualifying mark was Juanita Braun as the second-place finisher with a vault of 12-1 � (3.70m). Phyllis Brown finished third with a leap of 11-7 � (3.55m). Sheena McKay was eighth, followed by teammates Megan Cassidy and Whitney Schauer in a tie for ninth. Rachel and Amber Varner finished second and third, respectively, in the shot put. Rachel had a toss of 47-7 � (14.52m), while Amber finished with a throw of 47-1 � (14.36m). Both were NCAA regional qualifying performances. Ilona Rutjes competed in her first meet as a Wildcat, finishing first in the discus with a throw of 165-9 (50.52m). Rachel Varner finished fourth, followed by Amber Varner in fifth. Amber Varner was the third-place finisher in the hammer throw with a toss of 169-6 (51.66), earning another NCAA regional qualifying mark. Jackilyn Drake was sixth with a throw of 163-5 (49.81m).

On the track for the men, Bruce Bridges was ninth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.08. Avery Sneed was 15th in 11.33. Jevon Mason won the 400 meters in 47.20 seconds, another NCAA regional qualifying time for the Wildcats. Adrain Thomas was the fifth-place finisher in 48.52, while teammate Daniel Olea was 13th in 49.52. In the 400 meter hurdles, Jeff Hunter was second in 51.63, which earns him a spot in the NCAA regional field. The men's 4x400 meter relay team was third in 3:13.75.

In the men's field events, Matt Johnson was a fourth place finisher in the high jump with a leap of 6-6 � (2.00m). Mark Ramos placed second in the long jump, finishing at 22-9 � (6.94m), followed by third-place Mike Mensah, who leapt 22-7 � (6.89m). Adam Zimnisky was 10th in the long jump, followed by Jake Arnold in 17th. Sean Shields was the top Wildcat finisher in the discus, finishing third with a throw of 182 feet (55.48m). Richard Legarra was fourth in the discus with a toss of 179-11 (54.84m). Scott Sharpe and Ryan Moore finished 11th and 12th, respectively. In the hammer throw, Richard Legarra was second with a toss of 198-5 (60.48m). Ryan Moore was third with a throw of 194-3 (59.22m). Scott Sharpe was sixth overall.

The Wildcats will be back in action at home next weekend at the Jim Click Shootout on Saturday, March 29 at Roy P. Drachman Stadium.

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