June 3, 2013
TUCSON - The University of Arizona Wildcat track and field program received two honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday. Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Fred Harvey was named the West Region Women's Coach of the Year and senior Brigetta Barrett was named the West Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year.
Barrett set the collegiate record in the event at the Pac-12 Championships this year with a mark of 6-6.25 (1.99m). That mark was good for a first-place finish, her third-straight conference title. She has the top mark in the country, collegiate and professional. Her jump is the No. 2 mark in the world on the season. Barrett cleared 6-3.25 (1.91m) or better in four meets this year, and has won every collegiate competition this season. She will compete in the finals of the NCAA Championships on Saturday at 12:45 p.m.
Harvey, in his 11th year at Arizona, led the Wildcats to a runner-up finish at this year's Pac-12 Championships. Arizona heads into the NCAA Finals ranked No. 6 in the nation and never ranked lower than seventh in the national rankings. The Arizona women went into Austin for the NCAA Preliminaries with 26 entries, the third highest total nationally and now head to Eugene with 12 entries, tied for fourth highest in the meet.