Holden Improves National Standing
Feb. 20, 2010
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Saturday marked the last competition of the regular season for The University of Arizona's No. 16 women's and No. 18 men's track and field squads. The team took part at the NAU Tune-Up in Flagstaff, Ariz. in their last meet before the Mount Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Seattle next weekend.
In what was a relatively low-key meet compared to how hectic the rest of the short indoor season has been, only a handful of athletes looking to improve their National and Conference seedings took part in the event.
Junior LaTisha Holden made the most of the opportunity as she continued her breakout season by setting a new personal best in the 60-meter hurdles by winning the event in 8.30. The mark was good for the second best time of MPSF athletes but, more importantly, it improved Holden's bubble spot for the NCAA Championships. The NCAA typically takes 16 athletes per event and Holden had been sitting 20th in the national rankings. Saturday's result will tentatively move Holden into a five-way tie for 13th, barring other results from the weekend.
The UA teams will now set their attention to next weekend's MPSF meet, the indoor equivalent of the conference championships. There, athletes will not only be looking for conference glory, but to post even better times against better competition to set themselves up for the NCAA Championship meet in just a couple weeks.