UA Track & Field Dominates at Jim Click Shootout

March 29, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams overpowered the competition at the Jim Click Shootout on Saturday, March 29 at Roy P. Drachman Stadium. The competition faced strong wind gusts all day, but all three teams were able to provide some great performances. The Wildcats scored 350 points to Colorado's 229 points and Cal State - Los Angeles' 116 points. The trophy is awarded to the school with the highest combined men's and women's point totals.

Seynabou Ndiaye led the UA women in the sprints with victories in the 100 meters and 200 meters. She finished in 11.79 seconds in the 100 meters, while crossing the line at 24.23 seconds in the 200 meters. Marquita Taylor was the second-place finisher in both events, finishing the 100 meters in 12.08 seconds and the 200 meters in 24.47 seconds. Chelsye Wika finished fourth in the same two events. In the women's 400 meters, Elaine Gilmore was second. Chelsea Powell won the 400 meter hurdles in 1:01.16, while finishing second in the 100 meter hurdles in 14.42 seconds. Also in the 100 meter hurdles, Lindsay Scarborough was fourth in 15.60 seconds. Following Powell in the 400 meter hurdles was third-place finisher Sharifa Jones in 1:03.14. Scarborough was fifth, followed by Gina Mazzone in sixth and Rebecca Nott in eighth. The Wildcat women provided decisive victories in the 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays. The 4x100 meter squad finished in 47.07 seconds, while the 4x400 meter team had a time of 3:53.53.

In the longer distances, Beth Hoge was the top collegiate finisher in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters. She finished in 2:13.12 in the 800 meters and in 4:32.36 in the 1,500 meters. Robin Tierney followed Hoge in the 800 meters, finishing fifth overall. Michi Hirakawa-Wong and Susan Mortensen were the seventh and eighth-place finishers, respectively, in the 1,500 meters. Adrienne Goeller won the 3,000 meter run, followed by teammate Jenn Ford in third. In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Nicole Gurnicz was second.

On the field for the women, Connie Jerez won the pole vault for the second consecutive week, this time with a vault of 12-5 � (3.80m). Juanita Braun and Phyllis Brown weren't far behind finishing second and third at 11-7 � (3.55m). Amanda Underwood was fourth in the high jump, followed by Erin Dudugjian in sixth. In the long jump, Jessica Corkill was second with a leap of 17-11 � (5.47m). Underwood followed Corkill with a fourth-place finish and a jump of 17-0 � (5.20m). Amber Varner was the winner in the shot put with a throw of 48-0 � (14.64m). She was followed by her sister, Rachel Varner, in second place with a throw of 44-5 � (13.54m). The Wildcats swept the top three spots in the discus. Ilona Rutjes won the event with a throw of 167-4 (51.00m), improving her NCAA regional qualifier. Amber Varner was second with a mark of 157-8 (48.07m), also improving her NCAA regional qualifier. In third was Rachel Varner, throwing 134-5 (40.98m). In the hammer, Amber Varner was first with a toss of 168-2 (51.26m), followed by Jackilyn Drake in second with a throw of 159-8 (48.68m). Julie DeMarni won the javelin with a throw of 142-7 (43.47m). Underwood and Amber Varner finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

In men's sprinting action, Bruce Bridges won the 100 meters in 10.68 seconds, followed by teammate Avery Sneed in fourth with a time of 11.11 seconds. In the 200 meters, Daniel Olea was fifth, while Sneed was the sixth-place finisher. Jevon Mason won the 400 meter dash, in a season's best time of 47.18 seconds. Matt Lea was second in 48.07 seconds. Adrain Thomas finished fifth, followed by Olea in sixth. Jeff Hunter won both the 110 meter hurdles (14.00), earning a NCAA regional qualifier, and the 400 meter hurdles (52.96). The 4x100 meter relay team won in 41.41 seconds, while the 'B' squad was third in 43.94 seconds. In the 4x400 meter relay, the UA men were first in 3:11.22, earning a NCAA regional qualifier.

In the men's distance races, Aaron Powell won the 800 meters in 1:56.18, followed by Graeme Wells in second with a time of 1:57.13. Matt Burton was fourth in 1:58.12. The Wildcats swept the top three spots of the 1,500 meters, which was won by Robert Cheseret in 3:56.87. He was followed by second-place finisher Jin Daikoku (3:57.29) and third-place finisher Wade Juntunen (4:09.18). The men also dominated the 3,000 meters, finishing first through fourth. Kyle Goklish won in 8:37.58. He was followed by Mike Howard (2nd, 8:47.98), Eric Bohn (3rd, 8:48.48) and Matt McInvale (4th, 8:50.42). Josh Ludwig was victorious in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:26.92.

On the field for the men, the Wildcats were first and second in the pole vault. Sam Jacobson won, followed by Jake Arnold in second. Both cleared a height of 14-1 � (4.30m). Matt Johnson was third in the high jump. In the long jump, Mike Mensah was third with a leap of 22-7 � (6.89m). Mark Ramos finished fourth with a jump of 22-2 � (6.76m), and Adam Zimnisky was eighth overall. Mensah won the triple jump with a leap of 47-0 � (14.34m). Sean Shields won the shot put with a throw of 62 feet, 10 inches (19.15m), while teammate Scott Sharpe was second with a throw of 54-4 (16.56m). Shields was also victorious in the discus with a throw of 170-4 (51.92m). Richard Legarra finished second with a toss of 166-2 (50.64m), while Sharpe was third with a mark of 154-0 (46.95m). Ryan Moore was sixth overall. In the hammer, Legarra was victorious with a toss of 189-10 (57.87m). Ryan Moore was third (185-7, 56.57m) and Sharpe was fourth (181-10, 55.42m). Matt Johnson and Jake Arnold finished second and third, respectively, in the javelin.

The Wildcats will head to Los Angeles for the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational at UCLA that runs April 4-5.

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