Wildcat Women Third in Seattle
Feb. 27, 2010
Edgar Rivera-Morales Winning High Jump
LaTisha Holden Wins 60-meter hurdles
SEATTLE - The University of Arizona track and field team wrapped up competition Saturday at the Mount Pacific Sports Federation in Seattle with a third place finish on the women's side while the UA men finished fifth.
The women finished with 109 points, just four points behind second-place Stanford. The men finished fifth overall with 67 points, but were just 11 points of out fourth despite struggling with injuries in the men's sprints throughout the weekend.
“We had a lot people step up and they stepped up big,” UA head coach Fred Harvey said after the meet. “That was a tremendous effort.”
For the women, LaTisha Holden may have had the best individual performance of the day. The junior out of Barstow, Calif. won the MPSF Championship in the 60-meter hurdles, setting a personal best for her fourth week in a row. Her time of 8.27 will move her up the national descending order list and put her in a tie for 12th in the nation, barring results from other meets in the country.
Just half an hour later, Holden was right back on the track in the 60-meter dash final where she set a personal best time of 7.47 to finish fourth overall.
Dahlys Marshall also ran a personal best of 8.47 in the event to finish fourth overall in the 60-meter hurdles.
The women continued to show their high jumping prowess, finishing 1-2 in the event and sweeping 18 points towards the teams overall score. Freshman Brigetta Barrett said a personal best mark of 1.89m (6-2 ¼). Senior Liz Patterson matched that mark but finished second due to misses.
There was also a sweep in the women's shot put, as the freshmen duo of Julie Labonte and Alyssa Hasslen continued their impressive first year by going one-two at Dempsey Indoor. Labonte's mark of 16.18m (53-1) was good for first while Hasslen was the runner-up with her mark of 15-11 (49-7). Senior Kelsey Jessup found herself in fourth at the end of the day and Taylor Freeman fifth in the women's most prolific scoring event of the day.
In the women's 3000-meters, Hannah Moen ran the race of her life, leading several laps before finishing second against some of the top competition in the region. Her mark of 9:24.87 was good for an NCAA provisional qualification and the best mark of her career at the distance.
The women's 4x400-meter relay set a new school record on their way to a runner-up, provisional qualifying mark of 3:39/70. The squad comprised of Georganne Moline, Echos Blevins, Deanna Sullivan and Andrea Menhennet set the school record earlier in the season and bettered it Saturday.
On the men's side, a pair of freshmen also swept the high jump event, defeating national leader Trent Arrivey of Washington State on their way to personal record. Edgar Rivera-Morales and Nick Ross both cleared 2.23m (7-3 ¾) with Rivera-Morales getting the edge based on misses.
Ross went on to set a personal best in the triple jump with a mark of 15.38 (50-5 ½) . Senior Luis Rivera-Morales came back from winning the title in the long jump yesterday to finish second in the event with his mark of 15.47m (50-9 ¼).
Mohamud Ige joined the two as the third athlete to earn two All-MPSF team awards as he backed up his third place finish in Friday's 5000-meters with a seventh place finish in the 3000-meters Saturday in a time of 8:06.08.
Redshirt sophomore Abdi Hassan overcame a trip in the men's mile to come back in seventh place overall in 4:05.36.
Chris Titsworth wrapped up his Wildcat career Saturday as well, taking third place in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.08 in his final collegiate meet.
Other athletes stepped up Saturday as well. On the heels of injury to two members of the UA 4 x 400-meter relay team, 800-meter runners Jordan Mara and Kevin Jani stepped in to help the team to an eighth place finish. Robert Gire also pulled off some surprising points in the shot put, setting a huge personal best with a mark of 17.01m (55-9 ¾) to finish fifth.
“This is what makes us a championship team,” Harvey said. “We're proud of the attitude and the way they came back and fought.”
Some Wildcats will compete next weekend in last chance meets around the country to try and tack on some better marks in order to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in two weeks. Others who have already solidified their spot will have another week of rest. You can check out all the events from the weekend by viewing the MPSF Live Blog transcript here.