Tucson Elite Classic Preps Athletes for National and International Stage

May 24, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona's track and field teams played host to a high level of competition on Saturday, May 24 at the Tucson Elite Classic. The international meet attracted collegiate and international athletes from around the world. Twenty-two events were contested over the course of the evening, with five new stadium records set during the competition.

Arizona athletes were able to use the meet to prepare for next week's NCAA West Regional at Stanford. Chelsea Powell ran a time of 60.18 in the 400 meter hurdles to finish ninth. Connie Jerz earned a new best mark in the pole vault for the season. She finished second at 13-11 � (4.25m). Amy Linnen was third, and Juanita Braun finished fourth.

Sharifa Jones earned a huge personal best in the long jump. She leapt 21 feet 3 � inches (6.49m). She finished just behind former Wildcat Brianna Glenn. Glenn won the event at 21-7 � (6.59m), which is a new stadium record. The old record was held by Elva Goulbourne, who has the NCAA-leading mark in the event this year.

Amber Varner set a new personal best in the shot put with a throw of 50-0 � (15.25m) to finish first. Rachel Varner was third with a toss of 47-2 � (14.38m). Amber also finished second in the hammer with a throw of 169-10 (51.78m). In the javelin, Julie DeMarni finished fifth with a throw of 143-3 (43.67m).

On the men's side, Robert Cheseret improved his time in the 1,500 meters to earn a NCAA Regional qualifying time of 3:45.61. Sean Shields was third in the discus with a toss of 185-0 (56.40m). Rich Legarr won the hammer with a throw of 205-1 (62.50m), a new team leading mark. Scott Sharpe was second, followed by Ryan Moore in fourth.

Brianna Glenn also won the 100 meters in a time of 11.69 seconds. She was followed by Christy Akinremi, who finished in 12.00 seconds. Alicia Warlick set the Roy P. Drachman Stadium record in the women's pole vault with a vault of 14-3 � (4.35m) to win the event.

Erica Wheeler won the women's javelin with a throw of 178-11 (54.53m) to set a new stadium record. In the men's 800 meters, Japheth Kimutai won the event in 1:46.09 to add to the Drachman Stadium records broken on Saturday evening.

In the men's triple jump, Kenta Bell won the event with a leap of 56-10 � (17.33m), a new stadium record and the best outdoor mark of the year.

The Wildcat track and field squads will be back in action next weekend at the NCAA West Regional. The meet will take place at Stanford on May 30-31.

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