Track and Field Wraps Up First Weekend In Albuquerque

Jan. 24, 2009

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Senior Bobby McCoy earned a provisional qualification to the NCAA Indoor National Championships Saturday in the 400-meter dash, his premier event, as the No. 19 men's and No. 15 women's track and field teams wrapped up their second week of competition at the University of New Mexico Cherry & Silver Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.

McCoy, who ran the 200-meters in the first race of the season, finished the 400m race Saturday with a time of 47.06 to give him one of the top marks on the early season and finish second place overall in the event. McCoy was what many may have regarded as a surprise All-American in the event last year with his fourth place indoor finish, especially since he did not even qualify for Nationals until his very last chance at the Iowa State Last Chance Meet. Earning a provisional qualification this early in the season could help to spare some of the last minute anxiety as the season progresses.

Senior Luis Rivera-Morales earned a provisional qualification in his second event of the 2009 season as he took a second place finish in the men's triple jump with a mark of 15.71m (51-6 ½) to earn the provisional bid. Rivera-Morales also won the long jump event for his second meet in a row with a distance of 7.55m (24-9 ¼).

Zack Lloyd continued his early season dominance by winning the shot put event by just a shade under two meters with a toss of 19.34m (63-5 ½) that easily defeated second place finisher collegian Daniel Lawson of BYU (17.36m, 56-11 ½). Lloyd currently holds the top throw in the country barring results from other events nationally hosted Saturday.

On the women's side, senior Megan Howard swept the shot put and weight throw events for the second week in a row. Howard improved her provisional shot put qualification with her mark of 15.66m (51-4 ½). Fellow senior Nicole Lloyd finished second in the event with a best toss of 15.17m (49-9 ¼). Howard won the weight toss at 17.76m (58-3 ¼).

Junior Liz Patterson, who is the UA's reigning NCAA Outdoor High Jump Champion, tried on a hat of a different sort today, forgoing the high jump event to take part in the women's 60-meter dash. Patterson impressed, advancing past the preliminary rounds into the finals where she finished in sixth place in 7.66. The mark puts her on top of Arizona's current depth chart in the event.

The UA squads will return to the sam fry, gorgeous winter weather in Albuquerque next weekend as they take part in the University of New Mexico Invitational.

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