Ladies Shine on Day 3
June 12, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The UA women's track and field team wrapped up the season with a bang Friday, with three ladies earning All-American awards on the third day of competition at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor National Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. The feat brought Arizona's total to five for this outdoor season.
Senior Shevell Quinley continued the meet of her life stemming from yesterday's first day personal best score in the heptathlon of 3375. Quinley began the second day by leaving many on the edge of their seats after fouling two of her three attempts in the long jump. She came through in the clutch on the third attempt, however, setting a season's best mark of 5.88m (19-3 1/2).
She followed this performance by setting an all-time personal best in the javelin with a mark of 43.85m (143-10) to finish third overall in that event. She also set an all-time best in the shot put yesterday to give her a perfect performance in the throws.
Quinley held on in the final 1500-meters of her collegiate career to finish with 5,668 points overall - also a career high and replacing her previous score as third on Arizona's all-time top ten list of heptathletes.
Following that performance was Liz Patterson in the high jump. Patterson entered the competition as the returning national champion in the event but struggled early, missing her first two attempts at 1.80m (5-10 3/4) and needing a third attempt clearance to move on.
She left little room for error on her next three attempts, making her final jump at 1.80m and then going over the bar at 1.83m and 1.86m with ease. Her clearence at 1.89m (6-2 1/4) placed her in a familiar situation - facing off one-on-one with the indoor national champion Destinee Hooker of Texas.
Patterson would not clear another bar, but the jump of 1.89m was a outdoor personal best for the junior and garnered her All-American status.
In the women's pole vault, Gabriella Duclos earned her second All-American award of the year with her clearance of 4.20m (13-9 1/4) to finish seventh overall.
Both the men's and women's teams will finish with 11 points and await the results from tomorrow's final day of competition to determine their overall ranking. As it stands at the end of Friday though, both teams sit in the top 15.