Track Shines in Berkeley

April 24, 2010

 

BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of Arizona No. 20 women's and unranked men's teams were back in action after a weekend off as they took part in the Brutus Hamilton Invitational in Berkeley, Calif.

 

Several Wildcats found victory over the two days of competition at Edwards Stadium as the team continued to be a model of consistency as the season has gone on with athletes posting impressive times week in and week out.

 

Redshirt sophomore Abdi Hassan, in a departure from his typical role as the team's premier 1500-meter runner, took home the 800-meter crown Saturday, edging Stanford's Dylan Ferris in a time of 1:49.09. The mark was the eighth fastest time in school history and ranks among the top ten in the NCAA West Region this season. It was also a person best for the indoor All-American.

 

For freshman Julie Labonte, Saturday was much of the same in the shot put as she continued to be undefeated this outdoor season in event. Labonte won with a mark of 16.38m (53-9) and currently sits third in the West this season.

 

The women's 4 x 400-meter relay has also been impressive on the season and continued to look the part Saturday as well. Chrstina Rodgers, Echos Blevins, Deanna Sullivan and Georganne Moline teamed up to win the event convincingly in 3:38.45, nearly two seconds better than their closest competitor.

 

Freshman Jennifer Bergman also found the easy way to victory, beating her closest competitor to the line in the 5000-meter run on Friday by 15 seconds en route to a time of 16:44.35.

 

Christina Rodgers, taking the opposite route of Hassan, ran the 1500-meters despite being a primary 800-meter runner. Rodgers won the event in 4:31.21.

 

Freshman Alyssa Hasslen posted the best discus mark of her young career, posting one of the top marks in the region as she finished as the top-ranked collegiate athlete with her throw of 51.51m (169-8).

 

Brigetta Barrett wrapped up the victories for the women's team, taking home the high jump crown with a best mark of 1.83m (6-0). Seniors Liz Patterson and Jasmin Day finished second and third, respectively, in the event to wrap up an impressive all-around team performance.

 

Julie Stupp posted one of the most impressive marks of the weekend, shaving nearly three seconds off her previous personal best in the 800-meters on her way to a second place overall finish in 2:09.85.

 

Back on the men's side, freshman Nick Ross won Friday's high jump event with an outdoor best mark of 2.18m (7-1 ¾) and teammate Edgar Rivera-Morales took third with the same mark but more misses.

 

Korion Morris won the discus throw in dramatic fashion, moving from fifth to first on his final throw with a mark of 50.85m (166-10).

 

Also notable about the men's squad Friday was the introduction of UA kick returner Travis Cobb to the sprinting corps. In his first track meet since high school, Cobb qualified for the finals In the 100-meter dash where he finished fourth in a time of 10.79.

 

Arizona will return to this same track two weeks from now for the Pac-10 Conference Championships. Next weekend, the team welcomes Arizona State and Northern Arizona for the annual dual meet at Roy P. Drachman Stadium.

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