Wildcats Head Into Day 2
May 30, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 25 men's track and field team made quite the splash on the opening day of competition at the 2009 NCAA West Regional Championships, finishing up second after five events. With 14 events remaining, the squad will look to keep the pressure on while adding to their tally of National Championship qualifiers.
The men enter Day Two with 23 points thanks to Luis Rivera-Morales and his regional championship in the long jump event. A surprise fourth place finish out of senior Jordan Powell proved huge for the Wildcats who brought 15 points out of the event.
Senior All-American Zack Lloyd came away with a second place finish in the shot put to tally eight more points for the UA to round out the scoring for the first day of competition.
The Wildcats now head into Day Two (slated to begin at Noon MST) looking to keep up the momentum and pull over their best regional finish in recent memory.
The men still have points available in the 1500-meter dash, 3000-meter steeplechase, pole vault, hammer throw, triple jump, discus and 4 x 100-meter relay today which is ample opportunity to score a solid fifth place finish.
The UA women don't have quite as many opportunities for points but the points available have the chance to be huge. The Cats enter the second day in eighth place with 11 points. The women's shot putters and high jumpers have yet to see competition though and that's where the brunt of the points are going to come from. The UA women put three athletes in the top eight at the Pac-10 Championships two weeks ago and will look to repeat that feat this week. UA high jumpers Liz Patterson and Jasmin Day finished second and third here a year ago.
You can follow along all of today's action with Arizona Track and Field Twitter updates at www.twitter.com/UATrackField.