UA Track & Field Splits Inter-State Double-Dual

Feb. 14, 2003

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona for the annual indoor double-dual meet with inter-state rivals Northern Arizona and Arizona State on Friday, February 14. On the men's side, the Wildcats outscored NAU, 94-56, but lost a one-point decision to ASU, 75-74. The women beat NAU, 79-59, but were beat by ASU, 79-55. Besides the scores, the Wildcats had several impressive performances that will send several more athletes into the postseason.

In women's sprinting action, Seynabou Ndiaye provided the highlight of the meet with a new school record in the 55-meter dash. Her time of 6.76 seconds also automatically qualifies her for the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas in March. Ndiaye also finished third in the 200 meters in 24.92. Angel Perkins won the 400 meters in 54.24 seconds, which makes her the fourth woman to become a NCAA qualifier for the Wildcats. Also in the 400 meters, Gina Mazzone and Elaine Gilmore finished fifth and sixth, respectively. In the 55-meter hurdles, Sharifa Jones won in a time of 7.68 seconds, making her the fifth NCAA qualifier for the Wildcat women. Chelsea Powell finished third, Lindsay Scarborough was fifth and Amanda Underwood was sixth in the 55-meter hurdles.

In the men's sprints, Jeff Hunter won the 55-meter hurdles in 7.42 seconds. In the 55-meter dash, Hunter was third overall in 6.43 seconds. Gary Love finished fifth, followed by Avery Sneed in seventh and Bruce Bridges in eighth. Bridges also finished eighth in the 200 meters, followed by Sneed in tenth. Jevon Mason ran a 47.33 in the 400 meters to claim second place. Adrain Thomas and Daniel Olea finished sixth and seventh, respectively. The 4x400-meter relay team improved its best time of the season to 3:13.15. The team was made up of Hunter, Thomas, Olea and Mason.

In the longer distances for the women, Amber Steen finished third overall in the mile run with a time of 5:16.73. Michi Hirakawa-Wong finished sixth in the 800 meters. Adrienne Goeller and Jenn Ford were fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 3,000 meters. The distance medley relay team placed second to ASU.

In the men's distance races, Grame Wells won the 800 meters in a time of 1:53.47. Robert Cheseret wasn't too far behind with a third-place finish in 1:54.19. Cheseret won the mile run in a time of 4:13.50. Aaron Powell finished fifth and Kevin Engelhardt was seventh behind Cheseret. Kyle Goklish led the Wildcats in the 3,000 meters with a second-place finish in a time of 8:45.26. He was followed by Josh Ludwig in third and Eric Bohn in fourth. The distance medley relay team highlighted the final event of the night, rallying to a second-place finish by passing ASU in the final stretch. The team, made up of Wells, Chris Martin, Powell and Jin Daikoku, finished in 10:24.90.

On the field for the women, Sharifa Jones won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet. Also, Jessica Corkill finished sixth in the long jump. Amanda Underwood finished second in the high jump.Amber Varner finished fourth overall in the shot put with a throw of 47 feet, 9 � inches. In the weight throw, Jackilyn Drake was second overall with a throw of 52 feet, 7 inches, followed by third-place Varner's throw of 50 feet, 6 inches. Juanita Braun and Sheena McKay finished first and second in the women's pole vault for the Wildcats. Whitney Schauer wasn't far behind, finishing in a tie for third overall.

For the men on the field, Ryan Moore placed second in the weight throw with a toss of 60 feet, 7 inches. Sean Shields won the shot put with a throw of 61 feet, 2 � inches. Scott Sharpe finished fourth with a throw of 53 feet, 5 inches. In pole vault action, Kevin Opalka won with a new season's best vault of 17 feet, 5 inches. Chris Chappell was second at 16-8, followed by Mike Mortensen also at 16-8. In the high jump, Matt Johnson had a leap of 6 feet, 8 inches to earn a new personal best indoors. Chris Martin finished fourth at 6 feet, 4 inches. Mike Mensah was the top finisher in the long jump for the Wildcats, finishing third overall at 22 feet, 11 inches. J.R. Harrison followed in fifth place. Harrison finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 50 feet, 8 inches. Mensah finished third for the Wildcats at 48 feet, 5 inches.

The Wildcats will head back to Boise, Idaho next weekend to play host to the Mountain Pacific Championships, which will be held February 21-22.

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