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Wildcats End Willie Williams Classic With Three Wins
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/16/2013
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March 16, 2013

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 TUCSON -  The University of Arizona Wildcats men's and women's track and field program concluded their first meet of the 2013 outdoor season on Saturday, the Willie Williams Classic. The meet was held at Roy P. Drachman Stadium. The Wildcats won two events and set two personal-best marks on the day.

"I thought the meet went very well," head coach Fred Harvey said. "We have a lot of things to work on, our good is really good and our medium needs a lot of work to pull people up to par. Overall, we had a good meet. But we're hoping in two weeks we're going to have a great meet and in three weeks we'll have a super meet. We just have to keep it going."

Junior Julie Labonté posted a mark of 170-6 (51.98m) in the women's discus competition, good for first place overall. Senior Taylor Freeman took second place with her toss of 165-8 (50.50m). In the women's high jump competition, sophomore Shakayla McEaddy cleared 5-8.75 (1.75m), a personal-best mark. That clearance was good for first place overall.

The quartet of freshman Traci-Lynn Hicks, junior Shapri Romero, junior Tamara Pridgett and junior Germe Poston earned a second-place finish in the women's 4x100-meter relay. They clocked a time of 45.38. The women's 4x400-meter relay consisted of senior Shale' Garland, Hicks, freshman Azia Walker and Pridgett. Their time of 3:47.60 was good for third place.

Hicks returned to the track to run the women's 100-meter hurdles and clocked a time of 14.01, good for a first-place finish. Senior Clifton Leake clocked a personal-best time of 47.57 in the 400-meter run, good for fifth place. In the men's 100-meter sprint, senior Elliot Taylor posted a time of 10.85, good for sixth place.

"It is our opening competition but as I just stated to the team, we have seven weeks until the Pac-12 Championships," Harvey said. "So we have no time or margin for error. We have to get right back to work and get things done. I thought we had some really nice breakthrough performances from some people that really needed them and could really help us at the Pac-12 and NCAA Championships. I was happy to see Taylor Freeman have a good competition in the discus, that was really good and satisfying to see. Shale' Garland, it did my heart a lot of good to watch her run well. She had a great meet, she ran a nice 600 (meters) and really nice leadoff leg on the 4x400."

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