Feb. 12, 2013
TUCSON - The University of Arizona Wildcat men’s and No. 11 women’s’ track and field teams will be represented at what is called the most historic indoor track & field event in the world. The Armory in New York, N.Y. will play host to the 106th Millrose Games. The meet will take place on Saturday with the opening ceremonies commencing at 6:50 p.m.
The Games will be delivered live on ESPN3 on Feb. 16 and shown at 8-10 p.m. Feb. 17 on ESPN. Time of the live ESPN3 coverage will begin at 7 p.m. EST.
Senior Brigetta Barrett will be competing in the women’s high jump at 8:47 p.m. EST. In her only competition of the 2013 indoor season thus far, Barrett opened up with a mark of 6-3.25 (1.91m) at the Razorback Invitational on January 25. That mark is the No. 2 collegiate mark in the country this year and is tied for the No. 10 clearance in the world. Former Wildcat and NCAA Champion Liz Patterson will also be competing in the women’s high jump. Five athletes are in the field.
Senior Georganne Moline is set to compete in the women’s 400 meters at 9:28 p.m. EST. Moline has started the 2013 season in record-breaking fashion. In the two meets she has ran the 400 meters this year; she has set the school record. She clocked a time of 53.27 on January 26 at the Razorback Invitational, breaking a record that was held since March 3, 1984. She returned to the track last weekend at the Don Kirby Invite to run a personal-best time of 52.27 and break her own school record. That time is the second-best collegiate time this year and the No. 11 time in the world. Five athletes are set to compete in the 400-meter race.
Junior Lawi Lalang will return to The Armory but this time to compete in the men’s mile at 9:50 p.m. EST. In 2012, at the 105th Millrose Games, Lalang set the collegiate record in the 5,000-meter race, clocking a time of 13:08.28 on February 11. Lalang has yet to compete in a one-mile race this season. However, he made his season debut on January 26 at the Razorback Invitational, clocking a school-record time of 7:42.79 in the 3,000-meter race. On that day, it was the No. 1 time in the world; it now ranks as the No. 12 time. That mark does remain as the top collegiate time in the country. In preparation for the Millrose Games, Lalang ran the 800-meter race at the Husky Classic last weekend, clocking a time of 1:49.76. 13 athletes are slated to compete in the event.
Volunteer assistant coach Bernard Lagat will also return to The Armory, this time competing in the two-mile (3,200 meters) run at 8:58 p.m. EST. In 2012, Lagat set the American indoor record in the 5,000-meter race, posting a time of 13:07.15, finishing just ahead of Lalang in the race. Currently, Lagat holds the No. 3 time in the world for the 3K, running 7:34.71 on February 2 in Germany. Lagat holds the American record in the 3K as well, posting a time of 7:32.43 in Birmingham, England on February 17, 2007. 11 athletes are in the field for the race on Saturday.
Additionally, a small group of student-athletes will compete in the NAU Tune-Up on February 14 in Flagstaff, Ariz. The field events are set to begin at 4 p.m. MST and the running events will start at 5 p.m. Junior Tamara Pridgett and freshman Traci-Lynn Hicks will compete in the women’s 60-meter dash at 7:25 p.m. Hicks will also compete in the 60-meter hurdles at 6:40 p.m. Pridgett will also compete in the 200-meter dash at 8 p.m. along with junior Shale’ Garland. Garland is also set to run the 400 meters at 7 p.m. Senior Taylor Freeman and sophomore Baillie Gibson are slated to compete in the weight throw at 7:30 p.m. Freeman and Gibson will be joined by senior Omotayo Talabi in the women’s shot put competition at 4:30 p.m.
On the men’s side, senior Clifton Leake will compete in the men’s 200-meter sprint at 8:10 p.m. along with sophomore Siraaj Ghori. Leake, Ghori and junior Neil Houlihan will compete in the 400-meter run at 7:10 p.m.