UA Track & Field Splits with In-State Rivals

Jan. 31, 2004

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams traveled north to Flagstaff, Ariz. for the annual indoor match-up with in-state rivals, Arizona State and Northern Arizona. Both the men's and women's squads earned a split with sounding wins over Northern Arizona, but were edged by Arizona State. The Sun Devils led the women's scoring with 133.5 points, followed by the Wildcats with 108 and the Lumberjacks with 84 points. On the men's side, ASU claimed the win with 121 points, while Arizona finished with 103, and NAU had 84 points.

The meet provided quite a few highlights for the Wildcats, including four NCAA provisional qualifying performances and a host of MPSF qualifiers.

Sophomore Angel Perkins led a charge for the UA women in the sprints, leading a trio of Wildcats to the top three spots in the 55-meter dash. Perkins won the event in 6.94 seconds, just off the NCAA provisional qualifying time of 6.93. She was closely followed by fellow sophomore Marquita Taylor's second-place finish in 7.08 seconds. Freshman Nikki Martin rounded out the top three in 7.18 seconds. Taylor claimed a win of her own in the 200 meters, finishing in 25.24 seconds. In the 400 meters, junior Chelsea Powell was third in 58.36 seconds. Junior Sharifa Jones earned second-place honors in the 55-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 8.17 seconds. Freshman Tiffany McDonald closely followed in third with a time of 8.22 seconds. The 4x400 meter relay team was second in 3:52.80. The team was made up of Taylor, Jones, Lindsay Scarborough and Powell.

Freshman Ashley Ippolito was the top finisher for the Wildcats in the mile run, finishing ninth overall. Sophomore Amber Steen was fourth in the 800 meters, while fellow sophomore Adrienne Goeller took third-place honors in the 3,000 meter run. The distance medley relay team, made up of Robin Tierney, Bella Lau, Steen and Nicole Gurnicz, finished third.

The women enjoyed quite a bit of success in the field events on Saturday. Junior Jessica Corkill finished second in the high jump, while senior Amanda Underwood was third. Senior Connie Jerz dominated the pole vault competition with her NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 12 feet, 11 � inches (3.95m). Freshman April Kubishta placed second behind Jerz with a vault of 12 feet, 6 inches (3.81m). Sharifa Jones was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 1 � inches (5.82m). Corkill finished fifth with a best mark of 18 feet, 8 � inches (5.70m). Corkill was also second in the triple jump with a leap of 36 feet, 3 � inches (11.06m).

In the women's throwing events, freshman Billie-Jo Grant was the star for the Wildcats. Grant earned a NCAA provisional qualifying throw in the shot put in only her second collegiate competition. Grant placed second in the event with a throw of 50 feet, 6 � inches (15.40m). Senior Amber Varner was fourth with a best mark of 47 feet, 5 inches (14.45m). Varner also claimed fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 53 feet, 4 � inches (16.26m).

The Wildcat men enjoyed quite a bit of success of their own. In the 55-meter dash, sophomore Avery Sneed was fifth in 6.50 seconds. Senior Jevon Mason was ready for a big meet after a disappointing performance last week in Boise. Mason finished second in the 200 meters in 21.54 seconds. He went on to a fourth-place finish in the 400 meters, clocking a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 47.23 seconds. Also in the 400 meters, sophomore Daniel Olea was sixth in 49.23 seconds, followed by senior Adrain Thomas in seventh with a time of 49.30 seconds. The 4x400 meter relay team finished second in 3:17.21. The squad was made up of Olea, Jeremie Brower, Thomas and Mason.

The men's team showed some poise in the distance events with several impressive performances. Sophomore Josh Ludwig was third in the mile run. Sophomore Robert Cheseret won the 800 meters title with a time of 1:51.83. The Wildcats picked up another win in the 3,000 meters, where senior Kyle Goklish led the way and finished with a time of 8:55.15. He was closely followed by freshman Jeremy Johnson, who finished second. The distance medley relay team dominated the race from the start, winning in 10:11.00. Cheseret led the way, followed by Tim Ramirez, Aaron Powell and Jin Daikoku.

In the field events, the Arizona men picked up some big points after several strong performances. Freshman Daniel Marshall finished second in the high jump in his first collegiate competition of his career. Marshall also was third in the triple jump with a leap of 47 feet, 9 � inches (14.57m). Senior Mike Mensah finished right behind him in fourth with a jump of 46 feet, 10 � inches (14.28m). Senior Chris Chappell came up huge for the Wildcats with a win in the pole vault. Chappell improved his season's best vault to 17 feet, 5 inches (5.31m), en route to a NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Sophomore Sam Jacobson was fourth with a vault of 16 feet (4.88m), while freshman Adam Zimnisky was sixth with a best height of 15 feet, 5 � inches (4.72m). Senior Mark Ramos claimed second place in the long jump with a leap of 24 feet, 3 � inches (7.41m).

Several Wildcats posted some big throws in the throwing events. Freshman Jarred Sola was second in the shot put with a toss of 54 feet, 6 � inches (16.63m). Freshman Adam Kuehl was third with a throw of 53 feet, 8 � inches (16.36m). Senior Ryan Moore was second in the weight throw with a best throw of 59 feet, 7 � inches (18.18m).

The men's and women's squads will set their sights on the Falcon Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo. on February 7. The meet is a quadrangular meet featuring the Air Force Academy, Colorado, Colorado State and the Wildcats.

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