Jones and Perkins Advance at USA Olympic Trials

July 12, 2004

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Several University of Arizona track and field athletes were in action Monday at the 2004 USA Olympic Track and Field Team Trials. All events are taking place at Sacramento State University's Alex G. Spanos Stadium from July 9-18.

Sophomore Angel Perkins was a qualifier in the 400 meters for the second time. She also competed at the 2000 trials. In her heat, Perkins finished third in 52.46 seconds, qualifying for the semifinals. The semifinals will take place on Thursday at 7:35 p.m.

In the women's discus final, sophomore Rachel Varner placed 11th in the overall standings with a throw of 183 feet, 2 inches (55.83m). This was Varner's first competition at the Olympic Trials.

Junior Sharifa Jones put herself in contention to compete for a spot on the Olympic team in the women's long jump. Jones' mark of 20 feet, 9 1/4 inches (6.33m) was good enough for 1th overall and qualified her for the final on Thursday at 5:45 p.m. It was her best mark of the 2004 season. Along with Jones, former Wildcat star Brianna Glenn will also be seeking a spot in the long jump. Glenn finished eighth with a jump of 20 feet, 11 3/4 inches (6.39m).

Another former Wildcat in action on Monday was Angela Foster in the hammer throw. She finished 22nd in the qualifying round with a throw of 185 feet, 4 inches (56.48m).

There will be no competition on Tuesday and Wednesday as they will be utilized as rest days. Action resumes on Thursday in Sacramento.

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