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Barrett Wins and Sets Top Mark in the World
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/29/2013
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March 29, 2013

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 Palo Alto, Calif. -  The University of Arizona Wildcats No. 20 men's and No. 3 women's track and field teams finished the first day of competition at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. The meet is held at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field. The Wildcats set a world-leading mark and seven personal bests on Friday.

Senior Alyssa Hasslen won the women's shot put competition with a toss of 56-5.25 (17.20m). Junior Julie Labonté took second place with a toss of 55-0 (16.76m). Junior Omotayo Talabi finished in third place with a personal-best toss of 53-2.25 (16.21m). Sophomore Baillie Gibson's toss of 53-1 (16.18m) was good for fourth place. Senior Taylor Freeman threw 46-11 (14.30m). Gibson took fifth place in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 186-3 (56.78m), the second-best throw of her career. Freeman threw 179-11 (54.85m), good for ninth place.

In the women's high jump competition, senior Brigetta Barrett won with a mark of 6-4.25 (1.94m) in her season debut. That mark is currently the best mark in the world. She has now won 21-straight collegiate competitions. In the men's high jump competition, senior Edgar Rivera-Morales won with a clearance of 7-1 (2.16m). Currently and excluding other results from around the country, Rivera-Morales' mark is tied for No. 6 in the U.S. Freshman Jonny Giess cleared 6-9 (2.06m) and took ninth place. In the women's long jump invitational section, freshman Moriah Hayes jumped 18-1 (5.51m), good for ninth place.

"I felt really good because I switched up my steps and it has been a really hard training week, in a good way," Barrett said. "I wanted that because our goal is looking past NCAA Outdoor Championships. So, doing a lot of the hard stuff now and training through that and being able to compete through it at a higher level is a great sign. I'm very happy, I'm so happy. As an athlete, you take pride in what you do. You don't want it to be one of those cases where you go to perform and you do a bad job. I always try and make sure I can perform well and I feel like I performed well so I'm happy."

In the men's 400-meter hurdles, senior Clifton Leake clocked a personal-best time of 51.42, good for a first-place finish. Leake's time is the ninth-fastest time in school history. Excluding results from the around country, Leake's time currently ranks as the third-best time in the country this year.

"Going into it I felt pretty good," Leake said. "I was a little nervous because I haven't done too many hurdles (in practice) but I have done a lot of strength work. I figured if I could just stay smooth and try to finish strong I would be good. I feel really confident, I'm feeling good, I'm not injured and if I keep working I think Pac-12 Championships will be really nice."

Senior Georganne Moline won the women's 400-meter race, tying a personal best with her time of 52.92. Her time is the fourth-best in UA history. Junior Tamara Pridgett clocked a personal-best time of 55.21 in the 400 meters, good for an eighth-place finish overall. Senior Shale' Garland finished in 15th place with a time of 56.37. On the men's side, junior Sean Delfani finished in third place overall with a personal-best time of 47.25.

"It went really well," Moline said. "I felt like I lost my cadence, I got out kind of strong but then I got into a slow cadence. I know what I need to fix, I need to keep that strength and be aggressive. But it was good, I wanted to win so that's what I did. (Going into Saturday's 200 meters and 4x400-meter relay) Just try not to get so worked up, I get really worked up and it takes a lot of energy from me. I want to win, why not win all events? "

Juniors Traci-Lynn Hicks clocked a time of 14.21; good for sixth place in heat one and a spot in the final. As the eighth-best qualifier of nine, Hicks will run the final on Saturday at 3:24 p.m.

In the women's 10K, senior Jen Bergman clocked a personal-best time of 33:04.58, good for seventh place in section one. Sophomore Jonas Legernes clocked a time of 9:02.03, good for 10th place. In the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, sophomore Clea Formaz took 13th place in section two with a time of 10:29.69, the second-fastest time of her career. Sophomore Sam Macaluso won the fourth section of the men's 5K with a time of 14:16.70. In the fifth section of the women's 5K, sophomore Stephanie Bulder posted a personal-best time of 16:49.35. She beat her previous best time by a minute. In the women's 1,500-meter race, freshman Nicci Corbin debuted with a time of 4:21.91, taking 10th place in section 1.

"(Winning six events on the day) That was definitely one of our goals," head coach Clifton Leake was really a come-through type of performance that we've trained really well for and it was really satisfying to see him get that victory. All in all, we're excited about what we did on day one, we're looking forward to getting some more things done tomorrow and getting ready for the Jim Click Shootout.

Competition will begin on Saturday at 11 a.m. for the field events and 12:10 p.m. for the running events.

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