Small Squad Produces Big Results in Walnut
April 17, 2010
WALNUT, Calif. - Just about half through the outdoor regular season for The University of Arizona track and field team, a majority of the squad got the weekend off after several tough, competitive weeks of performances. Several members of the UA distance squad, however, head west to Walnut, Calif. to take part in the 52nd Annual Mt. Sac Invitational – one of the largest meets in the country all season.
Sophomore Hannah Moen came fresh off her impressive, personal best setting performance at the Jim Click Shootout in the 3000-meter steeplechase two weeks ago to try her hat in the 5000-meter s and the results probably couldn't have been better. Competing in the Olympic division of the event, Moen absolutely shattered her career best in the event on her way to a 12th place finish in 16:17.31 – over 45 seconds better than her previous best.
The mark was good for the seventh best time in Arizona history and the first time a Wildcat has gone under 16:20 since 2002 when Beth Hoge did it. In an event where the school's top marks include Amy Skieresz, Joan Hansen and Tara Chaplin, Moen has put herself in some impressive company.
The mark will also likely be among the top 20 times in the nation when all results are turned in at the conclusion of the weekend.
Moen wasn't the only one leaving the track on fire in the event, as freshman Megan Meyer shaved 26 second off of her own personal best in the event to finish not far behind Moen in 14th place in 16:21.54. Meyer has been one of the most pleasant surprises for Arizona this season – coming on incredibly strong at the end of the cross country season to play a scoring role for the Wildcats, scoring a point for the team at the MPSF Indoor Championships and now posting a mark among the fastest in the country and eighth all-time in Arizona all in her first year.
Junior Maggie Callahan wrapped up the highlight event for Arizona as she, too, bested her previous fastest time in the event by 10 seconds to finish in 16:37.82 in 19th place.
In the men's 5000-meters, senior Mohamud Ige wasn't about to be left out in the personal best scene as he raced to a 19th-place, 13:55.56 performance – about five seconds better than his previous fast time. Ige's mark should also be among the top 30 marks in the country after the weekend.
And to round up the limited competition for the Wildcats this weekend, freshman Lauren Smith took part in the first collegiate 10,000-meters in her career en route to a very respectable 20th place finish in the Olympic division in 35:53.31.
With the completion of the Mt. Sac Relays, Arizona is now just a month away from the conference championships in Berkeley, Calif. as the season enters crunch.