Track & Field Enjoys Success at Southern California Meets

April 17, 2004

The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams traveled to Southern California for a barrage of track meets this weekend. The main event would be the five-day competition at the 46th annual Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. The Arizona throwers have also competed at Cal State Los Angeles and Long Beach State this weekend. Throughout all three meets, the Wildcats have enjoyed a lot of success.

Sophomore Rachel Varner continues to shine for the Wildcat women. At Cal State Los Angeles, she won the discus with a new personal best throw of 179 feet, 6 inches (54.67m), an improvement of over three feet. But Varner wasn't finished there. At Long Beach State, she destroyed that personal best with a mark that moves her to No. 2 in the country and No. 3 in Arizona history. She won the discus with a mark of 190 feet (57.93m), beating out last year's NCAA champion Deshaya Williams, formerly of Penn State.

The big story for the UA men is sophomore Robert Cheseret's blistering fast time in the men's 5,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays. In the invitational section of the 5,000, Cheseret finished second in 13:22.65, shattering the school record by 10 seconds. The time is a 23-second improvement from last year, when he set the Arizona freshman record.

Senior Kyle Goklish met the Pac-10 and NCAA Regional qualifying standard in the 5,000 meters as well. Goklish clocked a time of 14:12.05 in the University/Open section. Junior Josh Ludwig was 14th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:12.96. In the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior Nicole Gurnicz clocked a time of 11:27.63.

In the University/Open section of the men's pole vault, sophomore Sam Jacobson finished fourth with a clearance of 15 feet, 9 inches (4.80m). Junior Mark Ramos was fifth in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 7 � inches (6.89m).

Junior Fanice Chepkorir finished 12th in her section of the 800 meters with a time of 2:14.84. On the men's side, freshmen Eric Chavez and Kenny Frank finished eighth and tenth, respectively, in their section of the 800 meters. Chavez clocked a time of 1:54.11, followed by Frank at 1:55.06.

At the Cal State Los Angeles meet, senior Amber Varner won the shot put with a long throw of 47 feet, 6 inches (14.88m). In the men's discus, freshman Adam Kuehl won after throwing for 177 feet, 9 inches (54.17m).

The Mt. SAC Relays multi-events were held on Wednesday and Thursday at Azusa Pacific University. In the women's heptathlon, junior Amanda Underwood qualified for the Pac-10 Championships with a score of 4,547 points.

The Wildcats close out the weekend's competition with the final day of action at the Mt. SAC Relays on Sunday.


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