Feb. 16, 2013
TUCSON - The University of Arizona Wildcat men’s and No. 11 women’s track and field teams were represented by volunteer assistant coach Bernard Lagat, junior Brigetta Barrett and senior Georganne Moline at the 106th Millrose Games. The prestigious meet was held at The Armory in New York, N.Y.
Lagat set an American record at the Millrose Games for the second-straight year, this time he set a new record in the two-mile run. His time of 8:09.49 was good for a first-place finish. The previous record was held Galen Rupp who posted a time of 8:09.72 on February 11, 2012 in Fayetteville, Ark.
“I’m very pleased,” associate head coach James Li said. “Obviously, today was a tough race. For some reason, the race started slowly, they didn’t go out fast. But, he managed to come back and run very strong in the end. Winning is obviously a big thing and he also managed to break the record. In the middle of the race I was concerned if he was going to break it or not but he did. He’s just a great competitor and a great runner.”
Lalang clocked a personal-best time of 3:54.56 in the men’s mile. That time was good for a fifth-place finish overall and second among collegiate competitors. Lalang’s time was a school record and the No. 3 time in collegiate history for the event. The previous school record was held by Lalang who clocked a time of 3:55.09 on January 27, 2012 in Fayetteville, Ark. Lalang holds indoor school records in the mile, 3K and 5K, including the collegiate record in the 5K.
“Lawi did everything that we thought he could do and I think he did a really good job,” Li said. “It was a little disappointing at the end and there are things we need to work on, especially a kick at the end. But, for a guy like Lawi to come down and run the mile, that’s pretty impressive considering he normally runs the 3K and 5K. We thought he could run 3:54 and he did, but he also got tripped up a bit with a lap to go. Now we know what we need to work on but at the same time, we’re satisfied with his improvements. He did his best.”
Moline’s time of 53.23 was good for third place in the women’s 400-meter run. That time is the second-fastest time of her career. She chased down two runners in the last 100 meters to earn her third-place finish. Moline holds the No. 3 collegiate time in the country this year, a school-record time of 52.27.
In only her second meet of the 2013 indoor season, Barrett earned a second-place finish in the women’s high jump competition with a clearance of 6-1.5 (1.87m). Next week Barrett will look to win her third-straight MPSF title in the high jump. Barrett also performed “America, The Beautiful” during the opening ceremonies of the meet.
On Thursday, a group of Wildcats competed at the NAU Tune-Up in Flagstaff, Ariz. Senior Taylor Freeman posted yet another personal-best mark in the women’s weight throw at 64-5.75 (19.65m), taking second place. Freeman has thrown the six best throws her of career in six competitions this year. Sophomore Baillie Gibson threw 60-1.25 (18.32m) in the weight throw, the second-best mark of her career and good for fourth place. Gibson also posted a mark of 54-3.25 (16.54m) in the women’s shot put, good for second place and the third-best mark of her career.