Feb. 8, 2013
Albuquerque, N.M. - The University of Arizona Wildcats No. 10 men's and No. 13 women's track and field teams were split between the Don Kirby Invitational and the Husky Classic. The distance runners competed at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. The jumpers, throwers and sprinters competed at the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. The Wildcats claimed victories in four events.
Senior Georganne Moline set a school record in the 400 meters for the second-straight competition. This time she clocked a first-place finish with a personal-best time of 52.27. Her previous record came at the Razorback Invitational on January 26, 2013 with a time of 53.27. That mark is also a collegiate facility record; previously the record was 53.07, set by Phyllis Francis of Oregon on February 10, 2012. 52.27 by Moline currently ranks as the No. 2 collegiate mark in the country. Junior Shapri Romero also clocked a personal-best time, running 53.65 and taking fourth place overall. That mark currently ranks as the No. 14 time in the country. In the 200-meter dash, Romero clocked a personal-best time of 23.65, good for first place.
On the men's side, junior Sean Delfani's personal-best time of 46.88 was good for second place overall and first among collegiate competitors. Delfani's previous personal best was 48.11, set last weekend at the New Mexico Classic. Currently, his mark ranks as the No. 11 collegiate time in the country.
"It felt great, especially after two years of coming in and out of injuries," Delfani said. "It really made that feeling much sweeter when I finally got that time. The past two indoor seasons I've been held back a bit and I've made the same mistakes but I think this is one of the first races that the spots I normally would make a mistake, I corrected it. I felt it was a pretty error-free race for the most part and it felt good"
In the men's weight throw, senior Tyler Johnson had a personal-best toss of 61-5.75 (18.73m), good for first place. On the women's side, senior Taylor Freeman posted a personal-best mark of 64-1.25 (19.54m) and earned a third-place finish. Through four competitions this season, Freeman has posted the best four marks of her career. Sophomore Baillie Gibson also had a personal-best mark, taking fourth place with a toss of 62-5.75 (19.04m).
Senior Julie Labonté threw 56-8.5 (17.28m) in the women's shot put, good for first place overall. Junior Alyssa Hasslen posted a personal-best mark of 55-8.5 (16.98m), good for second place. Sophomore Baillie Gibson took fourth place with a toss of 54-4.75 (16.58m). Senior Omotayo Talabi threw 52-11 (16.13m), a personal-best toss that was good for fifth place. Senior Taylor Freeman threw 48-1.75 (14.67m), taking 11th place.
In the men's high jump, senior Edgar Rivera-Morales cleared 7-1.75 (2.18m), tying for fifth place overall. Freshman Jonny Giess took 10th place with a clearance of 6-8.75 (2.05m). On the women's side, sophomore Shakayla McEaddy earned a second-place finish with a clearance of 5-8 (1.73m), tying her personal best.
In the women's 60-meter hurdles, freshman Traci-Lynn Hicks clocked a personal-best time of 8.46, good for ninth place overall in the preliminary round and a spot in the final. She returned to run 8.71 and take 12th place. Junior Amber Passalaqua clocked a personal-best time of 8.92; the pentathlete finished in 20th place in the preliminary round. In the men's 60-meter hurdles, sophomore Lezo Urreiztieta posted a time of 8.42 in the preliminaries and 8.26 in the finals, good for 12th place and the second-best time of his career. Junior Germe Poston clocked a time of 7.54 in the women's 60-meter dash, the fourth-best time of her career and good for seventh place overall. Poston advanced to the final of the event and posted a time of 7.48, the second-fastest time of her career and good for fifth place overall. Poston clocked a personal-best time of 24.00 in the 200-meter sprint, good for fifth place.
"We had a tremendous meet," head coach Fred Harvey said. "We had personal bests across the board in all the different events ... You have to tip your cap to Shapri Romero, she ran a personal best in the 400, the 200 and then ran a great leg in the leadoff of that 4x400. I'm really pleased at the upward trend and where we're going. One of the great performances that bodes really for us on the men's side was Sean Delfani, he's really starting to come into his own. A lot of work to go but the team as a whole is really starting to fold into shape heading into the conference championships. The jumpers are looking pretty good and sharp. All-in-all, I think it was a great meet for us."
Senior Jen Bergman clocked a time of 16:13.99 in the women's 5K invite at the Husky Classic, good for 16th place overall. In her season debut, Bergman clocked the third-best time of her career.
At the Husky Classic, the running events begin at 8 a.m. PST on Saturday. Also on Saturday, a group of sprinters and throwers will compete in the Don Kirby Open. The field events begin at 9:30 a.m. MST and the running events start at 11:30 a.m.