Throwers, Youth Shine in Lincoln
Feb. 7, 2009
The No. 14 women’s and No. 17 men’s UA track and field teams took part in one of the biggest events in the country at the 34th Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday and Saturday. The event was one that saw UA throwers dominate, much as they have all season with the husband/wife combination of Zack and Nicole Lloyd sweeping the shot put events in their respective divisions.
Nicole, a senior, dominated the event from start to finish on the women’s side as she had three throws on the day that all would have bested her all-time personal best of 16.00m coming into the event – a mark she hit during the outdoor season last year at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, Calif. Lloyd won Saturday’s event with a best throw of 16.32m (53-6 ½), giving her the third best indoor mark in Arizona history and sixth best all-time at the school. Lloyd’s mark also gives her the fifth best throw in the country barring results from the other meets hosted Saturday.
Fellow senior Megan Howard finish second in the event at 15.46m (50-8 ¾), ending her streak of three straight shot put victories to begin the season but continuing the women’s streak of sweeping the top two positions for the fourth week in a row.
Not to be outdone by his wife, senior Zack Lloyd continued to show his dominance in the men’s shot put as he took his fourth victory in as many weeks with a winning throw of 19.02m (62-5). Lloyd is currently the top thrower in the country with his season’s best mark of 20.77m (68-1 ¾) achieved last weekend at the New Mexico Lobo Invitational. Lloyd has yet to be seriously challenged in any meet this season, winning every event by over half a meter and currently leading the country by 1.47m (4-10).
Also in the field events, transfer Courtney Hayes continued to impress with very little training, taking third place in the women’s high jump event at 1.70m (5-7). Hayes competed in just her first meet as a Wildcat last weekend at the Lobo Invite much to the surprise of many teammates, some of whom had no idea who she was when she hopped on the plane to Albuquerque that weekend.
In the running events, many UA runners found themselves in the finals of a couple races on Saturday. Freshmen Andrea Menhennet and Georganne both caught past the preliminary round of 23 athletes to advance to the finals of the 400-meter dash where they finished fourth (56.27) and seventh (57.36), respectively. Menhennet’s mark was a personal best while Molina set her personal best in the preliminary round (56.98), though her finals time would still have been a personal best compared to her first couple weekends.
In the 60-meter hurdle finals, sophomore LaTisha Holden led the way with an 8.63 finish as she just edged out her freshman teammate Dahlys Marshall who finished in 8.64m, a personal record. Marshall also made her debut in the 60-meter dash, taking first place in the consolation final in a time of 7.80.
The Wildcats will be back in action next weekend at the Iowa State Invitational in Ames, Iowa.
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