No. 14 Women, 17 Men In Nebraska
Feb. 5, 2009
No. 14 Women and No. 17 Men in Lincoln
As the Wildcat track and field teams continue to move up the rankings, the 2009 indoor season continues to move on as the No. 17 men and No. 14 women head to Lincoln, Nebraska this weekend to take part in the Nebraska University Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational hosted at Devaney Center Indoor Track on Friday and Saturday.
This week will see action from the UA sprinters and throwers as the distance team and the rest of the field events will have the weekend off after an impressive weekend in Albuquerque last week where 11 athletes set personal bests and nine more earned NCAA provisional qualifications.
The sprinters will look to take advantage of their time in the spotlight at the 34th running of the Frank Sevigne event. The team brings arguably the top level of competition outside of host Nebraska, the only other school that has both squads ranked in the top 20 as they come in ranked Nos. 16 and 20 for the men and women, respectively.
This is not to take away from the level of competition, however, as six other ranked teams will be in attendance and 25 schools overall will be represented. The meet is one of the biggest in the country and the UA athletes will look to shine in the spotlight of such an event.
Lloyd enters the weekend as the top-ranked shot putter in the country after a monstrous throw last weekend at the Lobo Invite where he set a school and facility indoor record of 20.77m on his way to victory.
McCoy is a returning indoor All-American in the 400m and is participating in his last half semester of eligibility as a Wildcat, looking to repeat and improve upon last season’s fourth place nation finish.
Quinley has to be considered among the favorites in the pentathlon this season and will look to improve upon her provisional qualification by earning an NCAA automatic mark on Saturday.
The Week in Review
Albuquerque, N.M. - The No. 13 women's and No. 22 men's track and field teams wrapped up competition in at the New Mexico Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque today with tremendous success with athletes earning nine NCAA provisional qualifications, 11 personal records, one school record and one facility record as the field and distance teams did their best to represent their strong national ranking.
The UA lays claim to the nation’s top shot put thrower in the 2009 indoor season and senior Zack Lloyd left no doubts about it Saturday. Lloyd first broke the Albuquerque Convention Center's facility record with a throw of 19.61 (64-4) and then followed that up with a monstrous throw of 20.77m (68-1 3/4) on his ensuing toss, setting an indoor school record and breaking his own facility record set about five minutes earlier. The mark was over a meter better than his best throw on the season and increased his stronghold over the nation's number one spot to about two meters better than his closest competition.
The men’s pole vaulting team also had a very strong showing and a couple surprises during their turn in the spotlight. Senior Nick Mossberg improved his provisional qualification by smashing his indoor and outdoor personal record with a clearance of 5.37m (17-7 ¼). The mark will move Mossberg up several spots in the rankings and move him out of a massive tie with several other athletes who are still sitting at a season’s best of 5.20m (17-0 ¼).
Also impressive in the event was junior Dutch Perryman as he earned an NCAA provisional qualification after smashing her personal best by clearing 5.20m. His previous personal best was 4.95m and so Saturday’s performance was head and shoulders above that mark.
ATHLETE FEATURE: Zack Lloyd
Maybe the most important among the assortment of great accomplishments the UA teams had this past weekend at the UNM Invite was the fifth throw of senior Zack Lloyd’s shot put competition.
After breaking the ice on his fourth throw of the meet with a facility record setting toss of 19.61m (64-4), Lloyd set the Albuquerque Convention Center abuzz by launching his next throw 20.77m(68-1 1/4) to break his own facility record, break his indoor personal record and break the indoor school record along with it.
The throw may have made a statement to the rest of the country, giving Lloyd the only throw over 20 meters on collegially this season and also gave him a comfortable lead of about three feet in the rest of the country as far as the descending order list is concerned.
Lloyd will likely see plenty of competition as the season rolls on, however, from in-state rival Arizona State’s Ryan Whiting. The fact that arguably the two best collegiate shot put throwers in the country reside at rivals school will add just another bit of spice to the competition between the two and it would not be hard to believe that the two will be duking it out for the title in College Station come March.
Wildcats In The Rankings
The Wildcat track and field teams find themselves ranked in the top-25 for the third time in as many weeks as the men jump back up to No. 21 while the women dropped only a position to No. 14.
The UA women have remained consistent this season and their returning All-American high jumpers combined with the addition of some much-needed depth this season has done the trick and impressed the coaches enough to keep them ranked high in their polls.
The men were propelled upwards thanks to a massive throw by senior Zack Lloyd that solidified him as the nation’s top thrower last weekend at the UNM Invite. The men’s long jump and pole vault squads have been doing their part as well while senior Bobby McCoy leads the sprinting squad.
The Pac-10 has four teams represented on both sides with the men ranked fourth among the ranked squads while the women are in third.
Pac-10 bragging rights will be decided during the last weekend of February at the MPSF Championships in Seattle, Wash.