UA Women Shine at NCAA Indoor Championships

March 13, 2004

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track teams began competition at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday. After the first day of competition, the Wildcat women are in 15th place with 5.5 points. The men came close but have yet to score a point.

Junior Sharifa Jones and senior Connie Jerz were the big stories for the Wildcats. Jones earned All-America honors in both the long jump and 60-meter high hurdles. In the long jump, she finished with a best mark of 19 feet, 8 � inches (6.00m), which placed her 11th in the overall standings. Jones also capped off a very successful indoor season with yet another school record in the 60-meter hurdles. This time it was with a time of 8.18 seconds, eclipsing the old record of 8.24 seconds that she set at the MPSF Championships on February 28.

Jerz had a big day in the women's pole vault competition for the Wildcats. Jerz finished with a best vault of 13 feet, 7 � inches (4.15m). That placed her tied for third in the competition. She was close to winning the title, but fell short on all three attempts at the next height.

The Wildcat men also had two strong performances. Senior Kyle Goklish finished 12th in the 5,000-meter final, earning All-America honors. He finished with a time of 14:14.74. The men also competed in the distance medley relay, where they set a school record last weekend. This week, the squad placed ninth with a time of 9:41.61. Junior Jin Daikoku ran the 1,200-meter leg, followed by senior Jevon Mason in the 400-meter leg, senior Tim Ramirez in the 800 meters and sophomore Robert Cheseret in the 1,600 meters.

The Wildcats will continue competition on Saturday, March 13. Sophomore Robert Cheseret will compete in the 3,000-meter final, while junior Chris Chappell will take to the pole vault competition.

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