Jerz Scores for Women's Track & Field at NCAA Championships

June 11, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams have completed three of four days of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Austin, Texas. With one day to go, the UA men are tied for ninth place with eight points, while the Wildcat women are tied for 34th with two points.

The highlight of the day for the Wildcats' was senior Connie Jerz's performance in the women's pole vault final. The qualifying round was suspended on Wednesday due to heavy rainfall, creating a straight final. Jerz cleared 13 feet, 5 � inches (4.10m) to finish seventh and garner two points for the women's team total.

Sophomore Angel Perkins competed in the women's 400-meter preliminaries. In her heat, she finished fourth with a time of 53.33 seconds. Unfortunately, she was 13th overall and did not advance to the final. In the men's 400-meter prelims, senior Jevon Mason was fifth in his heat with a time of 47.03 seconds. He finished 22nd in the overall standings.

In the women's discus competition, sophomore Rachel Varner took to the ring in her first ever NCAA Championships. She finished ninth in her flight with a throw of 172 feet, 2 inches (52.47m). Her mark was good for 12th in the final individual standings.

Freshman Adam Kuehl also competed in his first ever NCAA Championships in the men's discus. He was unable to get off a clean throw and did not place in the competition.

The Wildcats will have three competitors in the final day of competition. Sophomore Robert Cheseret and senior Kyle Goklish will toe the line the 5,000-meter final at 9:15 p.m. CT. Senior Matt Wagner will compete in the finals of the men's javelin, which begin at 3:15 p.m. CT.

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