'Cats Set to Host Dual Meet
April 29, 2010
TUCSON - The 2010 outdoor track and field championship season may not technically begin until next week's conference championship kick-off, but try telling that to The University of Arizona squad as they get set to host Arizona State and Northern Arizona this weekend at the annual Double Dual Meet.
The meet, track and field's version of a rivalry match, will foot the Wildcats against their brethren in a battle for state bragging rights.
“The thing about the Dual Meet is that you'll see more personal bests this weekend than any other meet this season, from both sides,” UA head coach Fred Harvey said of the competitive nature of the meet. “This is for a couple reasons, with the athletes being in conference championship shape being one but really they are trying to come in here and kick our butt and we are going to be out there trying to kick theirs.”
With the championship season set to begin next week, athletes are starting to peak as far as far as where they are at, physically, at this point in the season. Couple that with the fact that it's your most heated rival and you have the recipe for some big time marks.
Through the years, the rivalry between Arizona and the neighbors in Tempe has been a tight one with the Arizona men leading the all-time series (head-to-head or triangular duals as this one) 32-30 and while the UA women trail ASU in double dual format 14-11. The series with the men dates back to 1963 with 1989 the only year the two squads haven't met in some sort of rivalry competition.
Arizona State has swept the men's and women's competition the past three years and six of the last seven but the Wildcats will look to defend their home turf at Drachman Stadium this weekend and put a stop to that run.
“The coaches have done a good job in terms of getting athletes ready to go at this point in the season,” Harvey said. “This is really championships season now. We kick it off annually with the Dual Meet and move it on to the conference level.”
The events will kick off Saturday at 4 p.m. with the hammer throw. Field events will ensue until 5:40 p.m. when the Wildcats will honor their seniors for Senior Night before the running events kick off at 6 p.m.