March 16, 2013
"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."