Women Lead After Day One
May 15, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. – Championships were won, school records were felled and personal bests were galore – and that was only the first day of competition at the 2010 Pacific-10 Conference Championships for The University of Arizona track and field teams.
The UA women finished with 71 points to lead the competition after one day of competition, carrying a six-point edge over Oregon heading into the second day.
Senior Liz Patterson kicked off the day with a bang for the UA women, winning the high jump conference crown in the first women’s event of the day. Her mark of 1.86m (6-1 ¼) was equal to Oregon’s Brianne Theisen but Patterson had far fewer misses to take home the title. The victory gave Patterson the second conference title of her career.
The high jumpers weren’t the only ones earning mass points in one event, as the women pulled a complete sweep of the shot put finishing 1-2-3-4. Julie Labonte continued her impressive freshman campaign, remaining undefeated during the outdoor season with her throw of 16.47m (54-0 ½) .
Freshman Alyssa Hasslen, redshirt junior Kelsey Jessup and freshman Omatayo Talabi rounded the sweep for the Wildcats to add another 29 points for the women. The two events combined for 48 points within the first two hours of Saturday’s competition. To put things into perspective, the UA women scored 49 total points at last year’s Pac-10 Championships.
The women didn’t stop there, though, and continued to impress throughout the day continuing on in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Junior Maggie Callahan set a school record en route to a second place finish in 10:16.86 while Hannah Moen used a strong run on the last lap to climb to fourth overall in a personal best of 10:23.77.
Megan Meyer continued to be one of the gems of the 2010 freshman class as she earned All-Conference honors in the 10,000-meters to finish fifth place in 33:46.96. It was the third fastest time in the event in school history and the only names ahead of her on that list are Amy Skieresz and Tara Chaplin. For those familiar with Arizona Track and Field, you would know that that is by no means terrible company to share.
The Arizona women also set themselves up nicely for a strong point showing tomorrow by advancing past today’s preliminary rounds.
Redshirt junior Christina Rodgers had the fastest mark of the first round in the 800-meters in 2:06.83. Georganne Moline won her heat of the 400-meter hurdles in 58.41, the second fastest time of her young career. LaTisha Holden also advanced to tomorrow’s final in winning her section of the 100-meter hurdles.
On the men’s side, Tomaz Bogovic kicked off the action with a fifth place finish in the hammer throw with a mark of 61.50m (201-9) to score for the Wildcats in the first event of the weekend.
In the shot put, Rob Gire earned his second All-Conference award of the year following his one from indoors, finishing sixth in the men’s shot put.
Redshirt sophomore Abdi Hassan set the fourth fastest 800-meter time in school history on his way to qualifying for tomorrow’s final in 1:48.23.
Junior Travis Cobb earned the eighth and final qualifying spot in the men’s 100-meter dash with his time of 10.60 and anchored the 4 x 100-meter relay team to a come-from-behind finish to take the final qualifying position in that event as well.
The Wildcats women will look to pick up where they left off tomorrow beginning with the women’s hammer throw at 9:15 a.m.