Track & Field Continues Success at Willie Williams Classic

March 20, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams capped off yet another successful weekend at home at the Willie Williams Classic and Dave Murray Distance Carnival. The morning session started off with several finals in the high school section, which was followed by the afternoon session of intermixed high school and collegiate finals. The Wildcats ended the day with five Pac-10 and NCAA regional-qualifying performances.

In the women's sprints, three Wildcat freshmen took to the track in the 100 meters. Nikki Martin was the top Wildcat finisher at sixth place with a time of 12.19 seconds. Tiffany McDonald was close behind, finishing seventh place overall and a time of 12.22 seconds. Maritza Mora claimed the 10th-place spot for the Wildcats.

Freshman Tyeshia Harvey was fifth in the 200 meters, followed by teammate Bella Lau's sixth-place finish. Five Wildcats swept the second through sixth positions in the 100-meter hurdles. Freshman Tiffany McDonald clocked a Pac-10 qualifying time of 14.05 seconds for the second-place finish. Jennifer Whitlock was third, followed by Lindsay Scarborough (fourth), Chelsea Powell (fifth) and Amanda Underwood (sixth).

In the 4x100-meter relay, the Wildcat women were in a showdown with New Mexico State coming down the home stretch. The quartet of McDonald, Angel Perkins, Marquita Taylor and Jennifer Whitlock fell just short with a time of 45.93 seconds to NMSU's 45.87 seconds.

The 4x400-meter relay featured two Wildcat squads. The 'A' squad won the race with a time of 3:47.68, while the 'B' squad was third at 4:00.95.

On the field, the Wildcat women were led by a sweep of the top four places in the pole vault. Senior Connie Jerz has picked up where she left off during the 2003 outdoor season as she won with a vault of 13 feet, 9 � inches (4.20m). That mark earned her a spot in the Pac-10 and NCAA Regional Championships. Freshman April Kubishta was second, followed by senior Sheena McKay (third) and Becky Gausepohl (fourth).

Jessica Corkill beat out teammate Nikki Martin for second place in the long jump after both finished with the same best mark of 18 feet, 9 � inches (5.72m). The tie was broken based on their second-best jumps.

Rachel and Amber Varner placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the women's discus. Rachel finished with a best throw of 163 feet, 8 inches (49.88m), while Amber threw 153 feet, 11 inches (46.92m). Both marks are Pac-10 and NCAA Regional qualifying marks.

In men's track action, sophomore Avery Sneed was the top Wildcat finisher in the 100 meters. Sneed placed eighth with a time of 11.18 seconds. Senior Adrain Thomas was second in the 400 meters with a time of 48.50 seconds. Sophomore Daniel Olea was sixth, crossing the line at 49.30 seconds.

Freshman Daniel Cook got his collegiate career off to a fast start with a second-place finish in the 110-meter high hurdles with a quick time of 14.79 seconds. The Arizona men had two squads in the 4x100-meter relay. The 'A' squad won with a time of 41.58 seconds, while the 'B' squad was fourth in 42.98 seconds. The Wildcats also claimed the title in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:11.90.

Senior Mark Ramos won the long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 3 � inches (7.09m). Fellow senior Mike Mensah was second, while freshman Daniel Marshall finished fifth. Freshman Adam Kuehl won the discus with a Pac-10 and NCAA Regional-qualifying throw of 180 feet, 3 inches (54.94m). In the men's hammer, senior Ryan Moore was second with a throw of 185 feet, 6 inches (56.54m).

The Wildcats continue the outdoor season with two meets at home this week. The Mike Maynard Wildcat Combined Events meet will take place on Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24 at Roy P. Drachman Stadium. The meet will feature a number of strong decathletes and heptathletes. Then, on Saturday, March 27, the Wildcats will play host to the Jim Click Shootout as they look to defend their crown against a very tough field.

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