'Cats Head to Seattle, Albuquerque
Jan. 28, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of Arizona men’s and women’s track and field teams will split action this weekend as the Wildcats indoor season continues into its third week.
The UA distance squad will head north to Seattle to take part in the University of Washington Invitational while the rest of the Arizona squad returns to Albuquerque, N.M. for the second weekend in a row for the New Mexico Invitational.
Both the men and women rocketed into the USTFCCCA’s first official rankings this week at Nos. 20 and 17, respectively. Led by the impressive jumping squad on both sides, the UA has already earned three NCAA Championship automatic qualifiers and four provisional qualifications.
The weekend will feature a little bit of everything as it marks the first time that all events are represented in one weekend, albeit at two separate meets.
In Seattle, redshirt sophomore Abdi Hassan will look to build off of his NCAA provisional qualification in the 800-meters last weekend as he tries his hand in the mile for the first time this season.
The women’s side will feature Maggie Callahan and Hannah Moen looking for qualifications in the 3000-meters after an impressive showing at 1500-meters in New Mexico. Moen earned a provisional qualification in the event last season.
In addition to the two upper classmen, Arizona’s myriad of distance freshmen will enjoy just their second collegiate meet and first on Dempsey Indoor’s flat track – the location of the Mount Pacific Sports Federation Championships just a month from now.
The freshmen athletes were the driving force in getting the UA women’s cross country team to its first National Championships appearance in eight years in the fall and will look to have an equally inspired performance as the track and field season goes on.
In New Mexico, Arizona women hurdling tandem of junior LaTisha Holden and sophomore Dahlys Marshall will return to action after what UA head coach Fred Harvey referred to as a ‘two-week training block’. The two impressed in their first meet in NAU two weekends ago, sweeping the 60-meter hurdles and will look to repeat that and add some NCAA qualifying times to their resume as well.
Arizona’s impressive jumping squad had already earned five qualifications for nationals, including three automatic marks by senior long jumper Luis Rivera-Morales, and high jumpers Liz Patterson and Brigetta Barrett. On the men’s side, freshmen high jumpers Edgar Rivera-Morales and Nick Ross have earned provisional marks.
Freshman Julie Labonte represents Arizona’s lone other national mark in the shot put after her performance in Albuquerque last weekend.
Events kick on Saturday in at Dempsey Indoor at 9 a.m. and at the Albuquerque Convention Center around the same time and continue throughout the day.