Track Wraps Up Mt. Sac Relays
April 19, 2009
WALNUT, Calif. - The UA track and field team finished up its final day of competition at the 51st Annual Mt. Sac Relays on Saturday in Walnut, Calif., with several athletes improving upon their regional qualifying marks to conclude an all-around sucessful weekend for the Wildcats.
All-Region 400-meter hurdler Chris Titsworth better his regional qualifying mark in the event with a second place finish in the event in a time of 52.26. Titsworth is the seventh fastest athlete in Arizona history in the event, a record he set at last year's NCAA West Regional Championships.
Also improving upon her regional qualifying mark was junior Liz Patterson in the high jump. Patterson is the defending national champion outdoors in the event and was a runner-up at this year's NCAA Indoor Championships. Patterson finished fifth in a field made up of primarily professionals on Saturday, with a best clearance of 1.85m (6-0 3/4).
Senior Gabriella Duclos was another All-American who bettered her outdoor season's best Saturday, clearing 4.15m (13-7 1/4) in the women's pole vault event to finish fifth. She, too, competed in a field made up primarily of professional athletes.
Freshman Dahlys Marshall also had a regional qualifying mark Saturday, with her time of 13.91 in the 100-meter hurdles. Marshall has already posted a regional qualifying mark this season and Saturday's performance showed signs of her consistency.
Senior Megan Howard also earned another regional qualification in the shot put event as she finished sixth with a mark of 15.71m (51-6 1/2).
The Wildcats will head north next weekend to take part in the Sun Devil Classic in Tempe, Ariz. hosted by Arizona State University.