Three-Day Jim Click Meet Concludes
April 4, 2009
It was a day of personal records and regional qualifications for the UA men’s and women’s track and field teams on Saturday as they hosted the annual Jim Click Shootout at Roy P. Drachman Stadium.
On the day, the team earned 16 NCAA West Regional Qualifications and 26 athletes set personal records. More importantly, 12 athletes earned qualifications in just their first meet competing outdoors this season.
“We had a number of NCAA Regional qualifier improvements and several new qualifying marks today,” said UA head coach Fred Harvey. “That’s our whole goal behind this meet – to get NCAA marks and give athletes from difference conferences an experience they can remember for the rest of their careers.”
Luis Rivera-Morales made his return to the outdoor track and field world winning the long jump event, a feat he has become accustomed to this year. Rivera-Morales set an outdoor personal record with his jump of 7.78m to take the victory. What is more impressive is the fact that Rivera-Morales has not lost a long jump competition he has competed in this year dating back to the indoor season.
Rivera-Morales went on to finish third in the triple jump with a mark of 15.28m. Both marks were good enough for a NCAA West Regional qualifying mark.
Megan Howard also earned two regional qualifications today as she earned the mark in both the hammer throw and the shot put events, winning both. Howard began the day with a best throw of 56.81m in the hammer throw and followed that later in the day with a mark of 15.77m in the shot put. Howard was participating in her first meet after earning All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships last month.
Fellow senior Nicole Lloyd also earned a regional qualification with a throw of 15.04m
Irine Lagat also earned a regional qualifier in her second event of the season as she set a personal record in the 1500-meters en route to a third place finish in a time of 4:27.17.
Senior Zack Lloyd, a three-time All-American, opened up his outdoor season with a best throw of 19.43m to win the men’s shot put event. He followed this up with a personal record in the discus with a throw of 57.14m to add another regional qualification to his repertoire.
LaTisha Holden continued her impressive sophomore campaign by taking the victory in the 100-meter high hurdles in personal record fashion, finishing in 13.80 to better her regional qualifying time.
All-American juniors Liz Patterson and Jasmin Day earned regional qualifications in their first outdoor meet of the season, sweeping the women’s high jump. Junior Gabriella Duclos followed up her fourth place indoor national finish by winning the pole vault event in her return to the outdoor track and field season.
Senior Nick Mossberg improved his regional qualifying mark in the pole vault with a second place finish today with a clearance at 5.20m.
The men’s sprinting took some impressive strides today as they combined for seven personal records and two regional qualifications. Sophomore Kyle Alston and senior Xiong Xuehan finished second and third in the men’s 200-meters in 21.24 and 21.27, respectively. Xuehan’s time was a personal records and both earned a regional qualifiers.
Xuehan also set a personal record of 10.61 in the men’s 100-meter dash. Aaron Seminski also set a personal best in the 100-meters with his time 10.89.
Freshman Chris McSwain set personal records in the 100- and 200- meters while fellow freshman Armand Rhone earned a personal best in the 200- and 400-meters.
“I thought we competed very well today,” said assistant sprinters coach Dawn Boxley. “We had a few personnel that were not really healthy so that hurt us but we got a few regional qualifiers and that really got us going in the right direction.”
The Wildcats will head north next weekend to take part in the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz.