Cheseret Leads Men's Track & Field at Day Two of NCAA Championships

June 10, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams completed the second day of competition at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday. The first day of competition was cut short due to a monsoon-like storm in the area. The schedule was revised, eliminating the semifinals of the sprinting events as well as the preliminaries for the field events and 5,000 meter races that were to be contested on Wednesday.

Sophomore Robert Cheseret has the UA men sitting tied for third place after the first full day of competition. Cheseret finished runner-up to Arkansas' Alistair Cragg in the 10,000 meters final, which was the last contested event of the night. He clocked a time of 29:26.51 to contribute eight points to the men's team total. Joining Cheseret in the 10k final was senior Kyle Goklish. Goklish finished 14th in 30:52.64. Both Cheseret and Goklish will compete in the 5,000 meters on Saturday night at 9:15 p.m. CT.

In the men's javelin throw qualifying round, senior Matt Wagner put himself in position to add to the men's point total. Wagner finished seventh in his flight and 10th overall with a best throw of 228 feet, 8 inches (69.69m). The top 12 throwers advance to the final, which will be held Saturday at 3:15 CT.

Junior Kevin Opalka competed in the men's pole vault qualifying round Thursday afternoon. Opalka cleared 16 feet, 10 � (5.15m) to finish eight in his flight and tied for 16th overall. The qualifying height for the final was 17 feet, 4 � inches (5.30m). This was Opalka's second competition since suffering an injury at the Drake Relays in late April.

On the women's side, junior Sharifa Jones competed in two events for the Wildcat women. Jones competed in the long jump final and 100-meter hurdles preliminaries, which took place almost simultaneously. In the long jump, Jones was ninth in her flight and 30th overall. She fouled her first two attempts before getting off a fair, wind-aided jump of 18 feet, 10 � inches (5.76m). In the hurdles, Jones was fifth in her heat and 18th overall with a time of 13.35 seconds. Jones would have qualified for the semifinals if the weather had permitted Wednesday's events to take place.

Five more Wildcats will get into the mix on Friday. Sophomore Rachel Varner will get in the ring for the women's discus at 11 a.m. CT, while freshman Adam Kuehl will do the same for the men at 3:45 p.m. CT. Senior Connie Jerz will hit the runway for the women's pole vault at 6:30 p.m. CT. On the track, sophomore Angel Perkins will run the women's 400 meters prelims at 8:20 p.m., while senior Jevon Mason will run the men's 400 meters prelims at 8:35 p.m.

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