UA Track & Field in Good Position after Day One at MPSF Championships

Feb. 21, 2003

BOISE, Idaho - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams took to the track in search of an indoor conference title on Friday. After day one with four finals, the UA men are in eighth place with 13 points, while the Wildcat women are currently fifth with 11 points. UCLA leads on both sides of the competition with 44.5 points on the women's side and 31 on the men's side. The completion of the meet will take place on Saturday, February 22 with the first running event to get underway at 11 a.m. MT.

Qualifying races for Saturday's finals took place in all four sprint races. In the women's 60 meters, Seynabou Ndiaye was the top qualifier with a time of 7.50 seconds, which is just off her personal best of 7.49. Marquita Taylor finished 12th overall in 60 meters qualifying with a time of 7.80, which is a personal best but not enough to qualify for the final. Ndiaye finished ninth in the 200 meters qualifying race in 24.65 seconds, while Taylor was 15th in 25.22 to leave them both out of the final. Angel Perkins had the third fastest qualifying time in the 400 meters, finishing in 55.72 seconds. Chelsea Powell and Lindsay Scarborough finished 18th and 19th in 60-meter hurdles qualifying.

In the men's qualifying races for the sprints, Jeff Hunter finished with the fastest qualifying time in the 60-meter hurdles in 7.96 seconds, which is one-hundredth of a second off of a NCAA provisional qualifying time. Running in his first indoor 200 meter race ever, Jevon Mason's 21.34 was the top qualifying time. Mason also had the second fastest qualifying time in the 400 meters in 47.87 seconds. Hunter was 15th overall in 60-meters qualifying with a time of 6.96 seconds.

In other women's action, Amy Linnen won the pole vault with a new season's best vault of 14 feet, 5 inches to move her atop the NCAA best lists for the 2003 indoor season. Juanita Braun finished just outside of the scoring with a tenth place finish and a vault of 12 feet, 2 inches. Jackilyn Drake finished eighth overall in the weight throw with a toss of 53 feet, 8 � inches (16.36m). Amber Varner was 12th with a throw of 50 feet, 11 � inches (15.53m). Nicole Gurnicz finished ninth in the 3,000 meters, and Jessica Corkill was 13th in the long jump.

In the rest of the men's events, Aaron Powell qualified for the 800 meters final with the fifth top time in 1:53.50. Graeme Wells finished thirteenth in 1:56.31. Robert Cheseret past three in the final 400 meters of the 3,000 meter run to finish second overall in 8:15.31. Kyle Goklish hung on to eighth place in the 3,000 meters to finish in 8:28.98. Josh Ludwig was thirteenth in 8:35.62. Sean Shields finished fifth in the shot put with a toss of 60 feet, � inch (18.30m). Matt Johnson finished thirteenth in the high jump.

The Wildcats will continue their quest for a conference title and a few more NCAA qualifiers tomorrow, Feb. 22, at the Jackson Foods Track at the Idaho Center.

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