TUCSON – The University of Arizona Wildcat track and field program was represented very well at the Diamond League meet in Paris, France on Saturday. The meet was held in Stade de France.
Senior-to-be (on the track, will be a junior in cross country) Lawi Lalang competed in the 1,500-meter race and clocked a personal-best time of 3:33.20. His time meets the World Championships “A” Standard. Also, that time was good for fifth place overall and is a new school record. He held the previous record with a time of 3:36.77. That record was set by Lalang on April 29, 2012 in Palo Alto, Calif. It is his second-straight top-five finish in professional meets in Europe. In Ostrava, Czech Republic on June 27, Lalang clocked the No. 1 time in collegiate history in the 5K with a time of 13:07.13, which meets the “A” standard as well. Volunteer assistant coach Bernard Lagat also ran the 1,500 meters and took 13th place with a time of 3:36.36.
Former Wildcat Brigetta Barrett earned a runner-up finish in the women’s high jump with a clearance of 6-6 (1.98m). Barrett, competing for Nike, now has three Diamond League points after earning two today and one at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York, N.Y. on May 25. Barrett’s mark of 6-8.25 (2.04m) is the top mark in the world. Saturday’s first-place finisher was Anna Chicherova (Russia), who was the 2012 London Olympic Games gold medalist. Chicherova won with a clearance of 6-7 (2.01m). Barrett was in the lead after clearing 6-6 on her first attempt but she failed to clear 6-7. She took second place on jumps while Vlasic Blanka (Croatia) took third place although she also cleared 6-6.
Former Wildcat Georganne Moline, representing Nike, took third place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.19. She tacked on one point to her Diamond League total, which is now three. Moline has finished in third place and second place in both of her Diamond League meets. At the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., Moline took second place with a time of 54.75. Moline and Barrett have both punched their tickets to the World Championships after top-three finishes at the USA Championships and both have met the “A” standard.