3 Cats Earn All-American Honors
March 14, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - All three Arizona track and field athletes competing on the second day of competition earned All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor National Championships on Friday at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Texas.
Seniors Nicole Lloyd and Megan Howard wrapped up their indoor careers by finishing ninth and tenth, respectively, in the women’s shot put to kick of the evening. Lloyd had a best throw of 15.93m (52-3 1/4) to earn her first ever All-American distinction. Lloyd’s husband, Zack, also earned All-American honors for Arizona on Friday with his third place finish in the men’s shot put.
Howard earned the second All-American award of her career with a mark of 15.70m (51-6 1/4).
Junior Gabriella Duclos finished fourth in the pole vault with her clearance of 4.25m (13-11 ¼) to earn the first All-American accolades of her career as well. The mark was a personal record for Duclos and gives her sole position of third place on Arizona’s all-time list.
Saturday’s finish brought the UA to a total of five All-Americans for the weekend. Junior Liz Patterson finished second on Friday in one of the more hotly contested high jump competitions in NCAA Championship history.
The women's team finished 18th overall for their second straight top-25 finish indoors and fourth among Pac-10 schools. The UA men finished in a tie for 32nd. Oregon won the overall competition on the men's side while Tennessee won the women's title
The Wildcats will now set their focus on the outdoor season beginning next weekend with the first home meet of the year as Arizona welcomes high school and collegiate athletes alike to the 27th annual Willie Williams Classic at Roy P. Drachman Stadium on Friday and Saturday.