Wildcats Wrap Up Tune-Up Meet
Feb. 21, 2009
With only a week to go until the No. 10 women's and No. 25 men's teams head to the MPSF Championships in Seattle, the squad used this weekend to get many of their athletes a little bit more experience before the team heads into crunch time by taking part in the NAU Tune-Up Meet at the Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz. on Saturday.
Eleven athletes between the men's and women's squads set personal records at a meet where UA head coach Fred Harvey had hoped to see some of his younger athletes get some much needed experience before next week as the team will need everyone to bring their best performances as they face of against conference foes in Seattle.
Senior Luis Rivera-Morales continued his winning ways in the men's long jump with a mark of 7.67m (25-2) to continue his perfect record in the event on the season. The mark was also a season's best for Rivera-Morales and helped improve upon his NCAA provisional qualification. He currently sits 14th in the country with two weekends of competition remaining before the final NCAA Indoor Championship competitor lists are released. The top 16 competitors at that time in each event will advance to College Station, Texas for the championship meet.
Junior Jaci Perryman also improved her provisional qualifying mark in the pole vault on her way to victory in the event on Saturday. Perryman beat out senior teammate Gabriella Duclos by having less misses as both hit a mark of 3.97m (13-0 1/4). The mark was a personal best for Perryman as well and bumped her up to the 24th best mark in the country this season.
Senion Xuehan Xiong had an impressive day as well as he set an all-time personal record of 21.64 on his way to a victory in the 200-meter dash. Xiong also accompanied this with a fourth place finish in the 60-meter dash. Sophomore Kyle Alston and freshman Chris McSwain also set personal records in the event in times of 6.87 and 6.91, respectively.
Junior DeLoyd Gray and senior Shevell Quinley swept their respective 60-meter hurdles finals for Arizona. Gray set a personal record of 8.26 second on his way to victory while Quinley - the UA's premier mutli-event athlete - won in only her first 60-meter hurdle individual event of the season.
Deanna Sullivan won the women's 400-meter as she, too, set a season's best with a mark of 57.05. Arizona athletes won eight of the 27 events on the day.
The UA athletes will kick off festivities at the MPSF Championships on Friday in the team's first officially scored meet of the season as they try to bring home the indoor version of the Pac-10 title.