Wildcats Earn Three Qualifications Friday

March 21, 2009

The UA track and field team kicked off the outdoor season Friday as it welcomed high school and collegiate athletes alike for the 27th Annual Willie Williams Classic at Roy P. Drachman Stadium.  Three athletes earned regional qualifications on the opening day of the competition.

Pole vaulters Nick Mossberg and Dutch Perryman kicked off the action as both cleared 5.05m (16-6 3/4) to earn their spot at the NCAA West Regional Championships in Eugune, Ore. later this season.  Unlike the indoor season, athletes compete to earn a spot in a regional championship and it is there where they must solidify their spot in the national championships.  The top five finishers from each event at the regional meet advance the the national championships, compared to the indoor season where athletes compete to be one of the top 15-17 athletes in the country in any one particular event without the benefit of a regional meet.

Korion Morris also earned a spot in Eugene with his second place finish in the shot put with a mark of 17.61m (57-9 1/2). 

Many other athletes used this first day of the meet as a training session, with many members of the distance team running half to three-quarters of a race before pulling out.  This strategy allows them to get some competition in them while not straining themselves as they prepare for some pivotol distance meets ahead of them.

Collegiate and high school athletes alike will be back in action tomorrow for the conclusion of the event.  Heat sheets will be available at the track.

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