'Cats Split Between Three Meets

Feb. 12, 2010

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The University of Arizona’s No. 18 women’s and No. 25 men’s track and field teams will split between three meets this weekend as they get into gear for crunch time with the championship seasons started in just two weeks.

The teams have only about six weeks of competition indoors before the Mount Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Seattle, Wash. at the end of the month so every meet is important in order to solidify seeds going into that meet and the NCAA Indoor Championships shortly afterward.

This weekend will see the sprinters, hurdlers and women’s throwers head to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic, the distance runners return to Seattle for their second meet in a row and the jumpers and men’s throwers will be in Flagstaff Arizona for the NAU Invitational.

“We have one of those teams where it’s just a matter of (the athletes) developing confidence and attitude and knowing what it takes to be successful at this level,” said UA head coach Fred Harvey.  “You’re going to see some people step up and have some huge marks in the next couple of weeks.”

Just a month into the indoor season, Arizona athletes have already registered three NCAA automatic qualifications and ten provisional ones.  Of note are the UA women high jumpers who have three of the top ten marks in the country between senior Liz Patterson, freshman Brigetta Barrett and junior Courtney Hayes.

Harvey hopes to see the team come out of the weekend with a lot of momentum heading into the MPSF meet.

“The attitude has been fantastic and we just want to keep it going and keep doing what we’ve been doing.”

Events for the three meets will span across Friday and Saturday.


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