Rivera-Morales Sets School Long Jump Record
Feb. 26, 2010
SEATTLE - The No. 16 women were led by a pair of freshmen and the No.18 men by a fifth-year senior as the Wildcat track and field team wrapped up their first day of competition at the Mount Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Seattle.
One more men's long jump event out of the way. One familiar result. Senior Luis Rivera-Morales successfully defended his MPSF throne in the event Friday, setting an indoor school record in the process. Rivera-Morales, title in hand heading into what was essentially a victory jump on his fifth attempt, soared 7.99m (26-2 3/4).
Rivera-Morales had already bested his prior school best on his fifth attempt of 7.90m (25-11) - a mark that was good enough for the victory - but that wasn't going to stop the Agua Prieta native from going all out. The mark was not only good for an indoor school record, but also for the Mexican indoor national record.
Rivera-Morales had taken an early lead after his second attempt of 7.80m (25-7 1/4) but Cal State-Northridge's Reindell Cole put the pressure on with a 7.85m mark that would require a school record or close if Rivera-Morales was to have a shot. And he delivered.
The win also continues Rivera-Morales' streak of not losing the long jump event to a collegiate athlete in a competition he has participated dating back to the very first meet of last season.
Stefanos Michael, despite not even being ranked close to the top eight in the region, pulled off the eighth and final scoring spot in the event with his mark of 7.00m (22-11 3/4).
Mohamud Ige also shined for the men Friday, running down Stanford Jake Riley down the homestretch to take home a podium third place finish and NCAA provisional qualification in the men's 5000-meters in 14:00.13.
Tomaz Bogovic wrapped up the scoring on the men's side in the first event of the day, setting a personal best of 18.65m (61-2 1/4) in the weight throw to finish fifth.
On the women's side, it was a pair of freshmen pentathletes strutting their stuff for the Wildcats in their first collegiate championship meet. Lisa Egarter won the high jump section with a season's best jump of 1.80m (5-10 3/4) and rode the momentum of that to a second place overall finish with 3,816 points.
Charlene Harber closed out the five-event competition strong with big marks in the shot put and long jump to bring home All-MPSF honors in seventh place with 3,522 points.
The women's distance medley crew of Christina Rodgers, Deanna Sullivan, Julie Stupp and Elizabeth Apgar pulled out a fourth place finish in the event in 11:34.35 to earn valuable points in the team competition.
Scoring the very first point of the day for the Wildcat women was freshman Megan Meyer. Meyer used a strong kick in the final leg of the women's 5000-meters to run down and pass athletes from Arizona State and Washington to finish eighth place overall.
LaTisha Holden continued her hurdling dominance, posting the fastest time in the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles in 8.35. Sophomore Dahlys Marshall will join her in the finals as she posted a fourth-best time of 8.50. Holden also advanced in the 60-meter dash preliminaries.
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