Wildcats Finish in Lincoln

Feb. 6, 2010


LINCOLN, Neb. - LaTisha Holden improved her NCAA provisional qualification for The University of Arizona's No. 16 women's track and field team as the Wildcats continued to roll through the 2010 indoor season at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.


Holden set a new career best in the 60-meter hurdles during Friday night's preliminary round as she set the fastest time of the evening in 8.33. The junior, who set her previous career best and first ever NCAA provisional mark at last weekend's New Mexico Invitational, advanced to Saturday's final in the event with the mark and improved her national standing.


In the same event, sophomore Dahlys Marshall set a career-best time of 8.49 to take third in Saturday's final and come just hundredths of a second shy of an NCAA qualifying mark.


In the throw, freshmen Julie Labonte continued her impressive season as she set a new personal best mark in the shot put at 15.89m (52-1 ¾) to finish third place overall and improve upon her own NCAA provisional mark.


The weekend marked the first time this season that the majority of jumpers did not compete, as was the case with the distance team to give the weekend a more laid back feel than it has in recent weeks. The rest of the UA sprinting squad was in competition, however, led by Chris McSwain for the No. 23 men's team.


McSwain qualified for Saturday's final in the 60-meters and took home fourth place honors in a time of 6.86.


In the 400-meters, sophomore Andrea Menhennet set a personal best with a time of 55.99 in Saturday's consolation final while redshirt sophomore Echos Blevins also set a career best in the same race in 56.60.


The Wildcats will be back in action next weekend, splitting action between the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa and the Washington Husky Invitational in Seattle.

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