UA Track & Field Cleans Up at Mt. SAC Relays

April 20, 2003

WALNUT, Calif. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams finished up a very successful weekend at the 44th annual Mt. SAC Relays on Saturday. The Wildcats come home with four champions, one new school record, and quite a few NCAA and Pac-10 qualifying performances to add to the already long list of qualifiers.

In several late events from Friday, the Wildcats had a couple strong performances. Mark Ramos finished fifth in the long jump with a season's best leap of 24 feet, 3 � inches (7.40m) to earn a bid to both the Pac-10 and NCAA Regional meets. In the women's pole vault, Phyllis Brown placed eighth, while teammate Juanita Braun was 10th. Both finished at a height of 11 feet, 8 inches (3.55m).

Saturday's action was just as exciting as the previous two days had been for the Wildcats. In women's action, Julie DeMarni was fourth in the javelin with a throw of 157-10 (48.10m). Sharifa Jones became the third Wildcat champion, winning the 100 meter hurdles in 13.56 seconds, improving her Pac-10 and NCAA Regional qualifying time. Seynabou Ndiaye added her name to the list of UA champions, winning the 100 meters in 11.74 seconds. Teammate Marquita Taylor was ninth in 11.98 seconds, earning her a bid to the Pac-10 Championships.

Chelsea Powell was able to gain from the high level of competition, as she improved her Pac-10 and NCAA Regional qualifying time in the 400 meter hurdles, finishing 14th in 1:00.02. Connie Jerz continued her success as a Wildcat, finishing fifth in the pole vault at a height of 13-5 � (4.10m). The women's 4x100 meter relay team pulled off a fifth-place finish, improving their standing for the NCAA Regional with a time of 45.21 seconds.

Running in her first 200 meters race all year, Angel Perkins placed seventh in 23.95 seconds, earning her a bid to the Pac-10 and NCAA Regional meets. Ilona Rutjes was eighth in the discus with a throw of 59-1 � (18.02m).

The Wildcat men also had several impressive performances on the final day of competition. Jeff Hunter sprinted to second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.09 seconds. Hunter was 11th in the 400-meter hurdles in 51.78 seconds. Sean Shields claimed a tenth-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 59-1 � (18.02m).

The Wildcats will head to another meet with a high level of competition in Des Moines, Iowa at the Drake Relays, which run April 25-26. Several UA throwers will compete in the San Diego Throwers' Championships on Saturday, April 26, as well.

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