Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
T&F Women Sit In Fourth After Day One
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 22, 2013
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Feb. 22, 2013

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 SEATTLE -  The University of Arizona Wildcats No. 14 men's and No. 11 women's track and field teams began competition at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships on Friday. The meet is hosted by the University of Washington and is taking place in Seattle, Wash.

The women's team sits in fourth place after day one with 26 points. UCLA leads with 45.50, Arizona State sits in second with 41 points, Stanford is in third with 34 points and Washington is fifth with 24 points. On the men's side, Arizona State's 55.50 points are good for first, California is second with 32 points, Washington State is third with 28 points, Stanford tallied 26.50 points in fourth and BYU's score of 21 points was good for fifth. The Arizona men sit in 11th place with five points.

Senior Jen Bergman earned a third-place finish in the 5,000-meter race with a personal-best time of 16:00.66. Currently, Bergman's time ranks as No. 14 in the U.S., excluding results from around the country. She tacked on six points towards the women's total.

Junior Bernard Dickerson-Quinn finished in ninth place in the men's 200-meter dash with a personal-best time of 21.79. Senior Clifton Leake's personal-best time of 21.84 was good for 11th place.

Senior Taylor Freeman posted another personal-best mark in the women's weight throw, taking fourth place with a toss of 66-0.5 (20.13m). Freeman has thrown the seventh-best marks of her career in her seven competitions this season. Sophomore Baillie Gibson earned a fifth-place finish with a throw of 60-7.25 (18.47m). Freeman earned five points for the women's team and Gibson earned four. On the men's side, senior Tyler Johnson finished in seventh place with a mark of 59-4.75 (18.10m). He added two points to the men's team total.

The women's distance medley relay team of freshman Hanna Peterson, junior Shale' Garland, sophomore Nicci Corbin and sophomore Kate Penney finished in seventh place with a time of 11:50.77. On the men's side, junior Branden Helms, junior Sam Macaluso clocked a time 9:45.25, good for sixth place. The women added two points to their total while the men added three.

Freshman Moriah Hayes posted a personal-best mark of 18-0.5 (5.50m) in the women's long jump, good for 10th place. Freshman Traci-Lynn Hicks clocked the fourth-best time overall in the women's 60-meter hurdles at 8.45. She won heat five with her personal-best time and advanced to Saturday's final at 11:30 a.m. Poston's time of 7.50 in the 60-meter dash was good for a victory in heat five and was the fifth-fastest time overall. She advanced to the final on Saturday at 12:25 p.m.

"It was a really good first day," head coach Taylor Freeman ... a great first day for her. It wasn't Baillie Gibson's best throw but it was close to it, I thought she competed well. I want Baillie to really believe in herself because she is a talented young lady. Moriah Hayes, not a super mark but she got better and better, she's never long jumped before. Lawi Lalang continues to impress and ran a great leg on the DMR, looked fantastic. We have a lot of points to be had tomorrow, the majority of our events go tomorrow. The team's spirit seems to be pretty good. I'm excited because we have a lot of young people coming to this meet and performing at their best in a championship meet. We know we're doing the right things and we will continue to grow from there.

Competition will resume on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. PST.