Track & Field Sign Four in Early Signing Period

Dec. 5, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona received National Letters of Intent from four athletes, announced Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Fred Harvey on Tuesday. The Wildcats landed two pole vaulters, a sprinter and a distance runner during the early signing period.

The Wildcats' distance squad scored a big commitment from Mohamed Trafeh of Duarte High School in Duarte, Calif. The Moroccan native was the Division III California state cross country champion in 2002 and 2003. He placed seventh at the 2002 Foot Locker High School Cross Country Championships, which was second among juniors. Trafeh won the 1,500 meters at the Mt. SAC High School Invitaitonal, as well as placed fourth in the 3,200 meters at the California State Championships. He posts personal bests of 3:53.78 in the 1,500 meters, 8:55.87 in the 3,200 meters and 14:37.50 in the 5,000 meters.

Mike Hilbe of Chandler, Ariz. will join the men's squad after a very successful high school career at Hamilton High School. Hilbe will be a great asset to the Wildcats in the long sprints. He has personal bests of 21.74 seconds in the 200 meters and 48.16 in the indoor 400 meters, which ranked No. 2 in the nation last season. His ran a time of 1:54.90 in the 800 meters as a freshman, which still stands as one of the all-time best freshman marks. Hilbe's father was a 400-meter runner and was the head coach of the women's track and field team at the University of Hawaii.

Also joining the men's squad will be Andrew Rademacher of Hermitage, Penn. Rademacher will bring his pole vaulting talents to an already strong vaulting squad. He has a personal best vault of 16 feet, 4 � inches, and he cleared the 16-foot barrier five times during his junior season at Hickory High School. Rademacher has also been a standout on his school's varsity soccer team and has been known to compete in the decathlon, as well.

Kacey Lundgren of Atascadero, Calif. will join the UA women for the 2004-05 season. Lundgren is a pole vaulter with a personal best vault of 12 feet, 9 inches. She was the runner-up at the California State Championships in 2002.

The 2004 season gets under way for the men's and women's track and field squads at the Northwest Pole Vault Summit on Friday, January 17, in Reno, Nev.

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