Track & Field Caps Mt. SAC Relays with Impressive Performances

April 18, 2004

WALNUT, Calif. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams traveled to Walnut, Calif. for the 46th annual Mt. SAC Relays at Mt. San Antonio College. The five-day event was a very successful meet for the Wildcats, highlighted by several performances that rank in the all-time top-ten in Arizona track and field history.

This time it was junior Sharifa Jones rewriting the Arizona record books. In the 100-meter hurdles, Jones won the special invitational section with a time of 13.13 seconds (wind-aided). The time would easily have set the school record had it not been for a wind reading of +2.7 m/s. It is the sixth-fastest time in the country to date.

In the university/open section of the 100-meter hurdles, freshmen Tiffany McDonald and Jennifer Whitlock both clocked their season's best times. McDonald crossed the line at 13.80 seconds, while Whitlock was clocked at 14.35 seconds.

Senior J.R. Harrison had another big jump in the men's triple jump competition. Harrison finished seventh with a leap of 50 feet, 8 � inches (15.46m). In the women's long jump, Jones qualified for the Pac-10 Championships with a leap of 19 feet, 2 � inches (5.85m).

In the women's shot put, senior Amber Varner was ninth with a throw of 47 feet, 3 � inches (14.41m). Junior Chris Chappell won the university/open section of the men's pole vault with a clearance of 16 feet, 10 � inches (5.15m). Senior Connie Jerz finished seventh in the women's pole vault invitational, clearing 13 feet, 6 � inches (4.12m).

Sophomore Marquita Taylor was fourth in her heat and 19th overall in the women's 200 meters with a time of 24.39 seconds. Junior Chelsea Powell placed third in her heat of the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 1:01.63.

In the women's 1,500 meters, sophomore Amber Steen qualified for the Pac-10 Championships with a time of 4:38.74. On the men's side, junior Jin Daikoku improved his season's best time to 3:53.00 after an eighth-place finish in his section.

The Wildcats will now prepare for the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, which run April 23-24 at Drake University. The Arizona throwers will travel to La Jolla, Calif. for the Triton Invitational.


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