National Championships Await Track and Field

June 8, 2010



EUGENE, Ore. - A season's worth of hard work, dedication and pushing the body to the extreme will look to come to fruition over the next week as The University of Arizona track and field teams compete in Eugene, Ore. at the 2010 NCAA Championships at Hayward Field.

Eleven athletes and one relay will represent the Cardinal and Navy in Oregon, the majority from the UA women's team that has bounced back and put itself on the map competitively this season.

Eight of the 11 athletes and the lone relay team this weekend come from the Wildcat women's squad, the second highest output from a Pacific-10 Conference school behind Oregon. The 2009-10 season has seen the women put an end to several disheartening streaks while also seeing UA head coach Fred Harvey earn Coach of the Year honors from the Mount Pacific Sports Federation and the USTFCCCA.

The team is led this weekend by seniors Liz Patterson and Jasmin Day and a host of youngsters to give those watching one last look at the veterans and glimpse of things to come for the young program.

Patterson is a two-time national champion in the high jump and will look for her third title this weekend to give her the fourth most in UA women's history. Day is a two-time All-American that has bounced back from injuries that plagued her at the beginning of the year to qualify for her sixth national appearance in her career.

The UA's 4 x 400-meter relay is bouncing fresh off a blistering time that smashed the previous school record at the West Preliminaries in Austin. Now the team of Chrstina Rodgers (junior), Echos Blevins (sophomore), Deanna Sullivan (junior) and Georganne Moline (freshman) will look to better that mark as they all pursue their first All-American honors of their career. More impressive, all athletes will return next season.

Moline and Rodgers will also be pulling duty this week as both qualified in other events as well. Moline will be in pursuit of the freshman record in the 400-meter hurdles in a year that has seen the youngster finish among the top three athletes across the line consistently throughout the season.

Rodgers will take part in the second outdoor championships as a junior, returning to the meet after redshirting last season due to injuries.

Julie Labonte (shot put), Alyssa Hasslen (discus) and Brigetta Barrett (high jump) also represent a host of freshmen making it on the big scene in just their first season as Wildcats while sophomore Hannah Moen will look to Arizona's first ever All-American in the steeplechase.

On the men's side, youth is the story line as freshmen high jumpers Nick Ross and Edgar Rivera-Morales join redshirt sophomore Abdi Hassan as the lone representatives for the UA men.

Events are set to begin tomorrow at Hayward Field at 2 p.m. With the first women competing at 4:45 p.m. with Rodgers and the high jumpers.


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