Rivera Highlights Day One For Cats

April 17, 2009

The annual Mt. Sac Relays hosted by Mount Santonio College in Walnut, Calif. is often regarded as one of the most elite track and field competitions in the country full of some of the top athletes nationally from every level.  On the first day of competition Friday, the UA men's and women's track and field teams showed that they are right at home in that kind of environment with six earning NCAA West Regional qualifying marks on the day.

Among the several strong performance by the Wildcats, arguably the best came from long jumper Luis Rivera-Morales.  Rivera-Morales climbed his way up the Arizona record books by winning the triple jump event Friday with a mark of 15.97m (52-4 3/4).  It was a personal best for the senior and moved him up to third all-time in the event at Arizona.  The jump also rockets him up to seventh nationally this season barring the results from other meets this weekend - not a bad feat considering he felt it wasn't his best jump.

'I didn't even hit the board,' Rivera-Morales set afterwards via text message. 'But I was feeling good and tomorrow hopefully its going to be crazy (in the long jump event).'

There were no other first time qualifiers for the season on Friday, but five others meet the regional qualifying standard.  This included Jordan Powell in his section of the long jump, Megan Howard in the hammer throw, Jaci Perryman in the pole vault, Tyler Johnson in the men's hammer and the men's 4 x 100-meter relay team.

The squad will continue to look for more regional qualifications tomorrow on the final day of the competition.

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