'Cats finish in top-25 and with 5 All-Americans
June 14, 2008
The Arizona track and field teams concluded their final day of competition at the NCAA National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. When all was said and done, UA athletes left with five All-American awards and top-25 finishes on both the men's and women's squads.On the final day of comeptition, the men's shot put team became the first athletes in the UA men's track and field history to have three athletes earn All-American honors in one event.
Zack Lloyd, the indoor All-American who will finish up the season with the best collegiate mark in the country, added his second All-American honor with his fourth place finish in Saturday's final. Lloyd finished with a best mark of 19.40m (63' 7 3/4') and will now set his sights on the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugune, Ore. in two weeks. Lloyd's season and personal best mark of 21.03m (69') at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships was the best outdoor mark at the college level this year and achieved the Olympic 'A' qualfying standard.
Teammate Shawn Best finished up his collegiate career with a fifth place finish and a mark of 18.52m (60' 9 1/4'). He, too, will compete at the Olympic Trials later this month.
Fellow senior Jarred Sola used a last throw of 18.47m (60' 7 1/4') to climb to seventh place and also wrap up his collegiate career with All-American honors.
Multi-event athlete Shevell Quinley, who finished third at the NCAA indoor championships, pulled off a 12th place finish with a total score of 5527 in the women's heptathlon. Only 200 points seperated Quinley from the third place finisher, Betty Wade of Michigan, in a very competitive heptathlon where every inch or second was pivotol.
On Friday, sophomore Liz Patterson brought home the UA's lone individual championship in the women's high jump. Fellow high jumper Jasmin Day finished seventh to bring the UA's total of All-Americans to five for the meet. Four athletes earned All-American accolades during the indoor season - including Lloyd - to bring the UA's season total to nine.
The women's team finished with 12 points and a 20th place finish in the nation while the men earned 11 and finished 23rd overall. The team still has a full summer of recruiting left as they look to revamp their rosters and be ready to go once the next season rolls around.