Track & Field Completes First Two Days of Busy Weekend

April 9, 2004

WESTWOOD, Calif. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams traveled to two different meets this weekend. A majority of the squad traveled to Southern California for the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at UCLA. The Wildcats also sent a contingent to the Mesa Classic at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz.

The men's and women's hammer competition was held Thursday night at UCLA. On the men's side, senior Ryan Moore was the top Wildcat performer. He placed fourth with a throw of 186 feet, 3 inches (56.76m). Senior Jackilyn Drake was the top finisher for the UA women. Drake's season's best throw of 173 feet, 10 inches was good for ninth place.

In Friday's action, the Wildcats dealt with strong winds throughout the competition. Even so, Sharifa Jones looked very strong as she took to the long jump runway. Jones won the event with a Pac-10 qualifying leap of 19 feet, 0 � inches (5.80m).

Sophomore standout Marquita Taylor finished runner up in the 200 meters with a time of 24.38 seconds, just off of her season's best and Pac-10 qualifying time of 24.36 seconds.

Senior Jevon Mason was second in the men's 200 meters with a time of 21.58 seconds. Sophomore Avery Sneed was sixth in 22.33 seconds.

In the women's 100 meters, freshman Jennifer Whitlock finished fifth, while fellow freshman Tiffany McDonald was seventh. Sneed was fourth in the men's 100 meters with a time of 11.10 seconds.

Senior Adrain Thomas was the top finisher for the UA men in the 400 meters. Thomas clocked a time of 49.14 seconds for fourth place. Freshman Roberto Chozet crossed the line with a season's best time of 49.74 seconds.

Senior J.R. Harrison and freshman Daniel Marshall claimed the top spots in the long jump. Harrison won with a leap of 23 feet, 2 � inches (7.07m). Marshall finished runner-up with a jump of 22 feet, 1 inch (6.73m).

Marshall improved his Pac-10 qualifying mark in the triple jump, winning the event with a leap of 48 feet, 1 � inches (14.66m). Senior Mike Mensah was third with a jump of 46 feet, 3 � inches (14.10m).

Junior-transfer Fanice Chepkorir clocked a season's best time in the 800 meters. She finished in 2:11.79, just off the Pac-10 qualifying time of 2:11.14. In the men's 800, freshman Kenny Frank was the first Wildcat across the line. Frank's time of 1:54.04 was goof for fourth place. Fellow freshman Eric Chavez was sixth in 1:55.10.

The freshmen duo of Adam Kuehl and Jarred Sola finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in the shot put. In the women's discus, senior Amber Varner hit a Pac-10 qualifying throw of 153 feet, 11 inches to finish second.

In the women's pole vault, Sheena McKay finished tied for third with a clearance of 11 feet, 5 � inches.

The Wildcats will complete the weekend's action at UCLA. Competition is set to get underway at 9:15 a.m. PT with the men's and women's high jump.

**Note: A recap of tonight's distance carnival at UCLA will be available in tomorrow's press release. Results will be posted at http://www.uclabruins.com later tonight. Results for the Mesa Classic will also be posted late tonight. The website for those results is http://members.cox.net/mesaclassic.

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