Strong Indoor Season Ends for Track & Field at NCAA Indoors
March 13, 2004
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams completed competition at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday. Altogether the Wildcats earned All-America honors in five events. Today's action saw sophomore Robert Cheseret in the 3,000-meter final and junior Chris Chappell in the pole vault. The men's squad finished tied for 34th place with five points.
'Overall, this was a great meet for us,' head coach Fred Harvey said. 'It is a great feeling to come home with so many All-Americans. We definitely have something huge to build upon for the future.'
Cheseret's race to the finish line in the 3,000 meters was another exciting photo finish. Cheseret was involved in a four-man race for fourth place, in which he was the victor. Cheseret earned the fourth-place spot, finishing with a time of 8:04.28 and earned All-America honors in the process. All four of those runners finished within 0.6 seconds of each other.
In the pole vault competition, Chappell was competing in his first-ever national championship meet. He was poised for a big meet, but inexperience gave way as he came up with a no height and did not place. He did clear the first height, but the attempt was disqualified after he pushed the bar back as he descended onto the mat.
'This was a great experience for Chris. He got out there and learned how to compete in a national meet like this,' commented Harvey.
The Wildcats will turn their focus to outdoor competition. The next event on the schedule is the Willie Williams Classic that runs March 19-20 at Roy P. Drachman Stadium.