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Bergman Seals Spot In NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/02/2013
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March 2, 2013

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 TUCSON -  The University of Arizona Wildcats No. 13 women's track and field teams sent five student-athletes to compete in three different meets this weekend for a final chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Senior Jen Bergman, junior Nicci Corbin all posted personal-best marks.

On Friday in Seattle at the UW Final Qualifier, Bergman clocked a personal-best time of 15:55.60 in the 5,000-meter race. That mark currently ranks as the 12th-best time in the country. This marks the first time in Bergman's career that she has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Also on Friday in Seattle, Corbin posted a personal-best time of 4:39.47 in the mile. That time currently ranks as the No. 28 mark in the country.

Romero competed at the Arkansas Final Qualifier on Friday in Fayetteville, Ark. She clocked a personal-best time of 53.26 in the 400-meter run. That is currently the No. 21 time in the country for the event. Romero clocked personal bests in each of the four times she ran the 400 meters during the 2013 indoor season.

Two of Arizona's throwers competed at the Iowa State Final Qualifier in Ames, Iowa on Saturday. Senior Taylor Freeman competed in the women's weight throw and posted a mark of 60-10.5 (18.55m). It is the first time in seven competitions this year that Freeman has not posted a personal-best toss. Her personal-best mark of 66-0.5 (20.13m) ranked No. 28 in the country entering Saturday's competition. Sophomore Baillie Gibson competed in the women's shot put on Saturday. She had a toss of 54-2 (16.51m) in the event. Her season-best mark of 54-4.75 (16.58m) ranked as the No. 22 toss in the country on the year heading into Saturday's competition.

Per the NCAA manual, qualification to the Championships is based on the descending order list for the season, prepared solely from the mandatory submission of meet results during the season and adhering to the Qualifying Regulations published in the Pre-Championships Manual. For each individual event contested at the Championships, the top 16 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested at the Championships, the top 12 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition. The stated maximums are absolute and will not be extended as a result of ties. 


Any descending order list ties, by mark, for the last position to be accepted, will be resolved by examining, of those tied, the second best valid qualifying meet performance submitted during the season, and so on until there is no basis for a mark comparison. For a tie not resolved after all available mark comparisons, acceptance will be awarded to the competitor who achieved the original tying mark later in the season. For a tie still not resolved, acceptance will be awarded to the competitor who achieved the second best valid qualifying meet performance later in the season, and so on until there is no basis for date comparison. As a last resort, the tie for the last qualifying position will be decided by the toss of a coin.

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