Individuals Highlight Final Day of Drake Relays for Track & Field

April 24, 2004

DES MOINES, Iowa - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams completed competition at the 95th annual Drake Relays in Iowa on Saturday. The prestigious event was held at the 18,000-seat Drake Stadium in Des Moines. In the final day of competition, the Wildcats had several individual performances highlight the day.

Junior Sharifa Jones had another strong performance in the 100-meter hurdles. In Saturday's final, Jones placed second with a time of 13.37 seconds, her best non-wind-aided time of the season. In the 100 meters final, sophomore Marquita Taylor sprinted to a fifth-place finish, clocking a time of 11.98 seconds.

Senior Connie Jerz had another big clearance in the pole vault. Jerz finished fifth in the special pole vault final after clearning 13 feet, 6 � inches (4.13m). Former Wildcat Andrea Dutoit won with a height of 14 feet, 10 � inches (4.53m).

The women's 4x100-meter relay team placed third in the final with a time of 45.86 seconds. In the 4x400-meter relay final, the UA women were fifth. In the 1,500 meters, sophomore Amber Steen was 12th overall.

The UA women fielded a squad in the 4x100 shuttle hurdle relay. In the prelims, the Wildcats qualified for the final with a time of 58.21 seconds. Later in the day, the squad finished second in the final with a time of 57.76 seconds.

Freshman Daniel Marshall had a good day in the men's triple jump finals. Marshall finished 11th in a strong field with a leap of 47 feet, 9 inches (14.55m), a Pac-10 qualifying mark. In the men's 4x100-meter relay final, the UA men were seventh in 42.36 seconds. In the men's 400-meter final, senior Jevon Mason was seventh in 49.01 seconds.

The men's distance medley relay team was 10th with a time of 10:04.12. The squad was made up of Kenny Frank, Daniel Olea, Jin Daikoku and Eric Chavez. In the men's 1,500-meter run, junior Jin Daikoku finished sixth with a time of 3:53.33, just off of his best time this season.

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