Track Finishes Up First Home Meet
March 20, 2010
TUCSON – The University of Arizona’s track and field teams’ outdoor season is underway and after one weekend of competition, the Wildcats have shown they haven’t lost their stride after the indoor section of the year.
Arizona finished up the second day of competition at the annual Willie Williams Classic hosted by the university at Roy P. Drachman Stadium. The meet was utilized as a meet aimed at getting some athletes in ready and in the competitive spirit for the outdoor season and all though many athletes didn’t compete in their primary events, the results were still impressive.
“I think a lot of these kids here are really starting to get it,” UA head coach Fred Harvey said after the meet. “The freshman and the guys that have been here a while are starting to see that they are those other guys at these meets and they are ready to be competitive.”
Saturday’s events were highlighted by the women’s 4 x 400-meter relay – namely by junior Christina Rodgers. Rodgers, bouncing back from a very strong 1500-meter run last night despite being an 800-meter specialist, opened up the relay for the Arizona ‘B’ team in a blistering split time of 54.12, the fastest split of the competition
Arizona’s ‘A’ team would go on to win the relay in a very respectable time of 3:40.15 but Rodgers’ time really left an impression on the UA coaching staff.
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s on Pac-10’s, Regionals or the NCAA Championships; if you come out of the hole with a 54 second split you are going to be in (competitively) every race you compete in,” Harvey said. “I think that the girl we have (on the 4x400 relay) are very competitive and have a good shot at shattering the school record.”
Other highlights from the weekend included Julie Labonte dominated the shot put event on her way to a throw of 16.50m (54-2) – the best through in the freshmen’s collegiate career to date. Brian MacArthur also won the men’s 1500-meter relay in 3:55.77 while Korion Morris finished second in the discus with a best of 54.06m (177-04) – a mark just shy of his career best.
Some UA athletes may be in competition next weekend at the Stanford Relays in Palo Alto, Calif. But most will return to the track in two weeks as the UA hosts the annual Jim Click Shootout at Roy P. Drachman Stadium.