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Three Discus Throwers, Barrett and Moline Advance
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Release: 05/24/2013
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May 24, 2013

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 Austin, Texas -  The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 22 men's and No. 6 women's track and field teams dealt with over six hours of a rain delay on Friday at the NCAA Championships West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas. The track events were pushed back three hours from the original schedule. The semifinals and finals of the NCAA Championships will take place on June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore. Arizona had five athletes advance to Eugene on the day and now has eight total.

In the women's discus, Arizona will send three athletes to the final in Eugene. Junior Julie Labonté finished in fifth place with a toss of 176-6 (53.79m). Sophomore Baillie Gibson's toss of 174-2 (53.08m) was good for seventh place. Senior Alyssa Hasslen grabbed 12th place and the last qualifying spot with a mark of 170- (51.82m). Senior Taylor Freeman's toss of 167-9 (51.13m) pegged her in the dreaded 13th place. It is the fist time Labonté and Hasslen have reached the final of the discus at the NCAA Championships. In 2011, Gibson's freshman year, she earned first-team All-America honors in the event.

Senior Georganne Moline advanced to the semifinal of the 400-meter hurdles in Eugene with a time of 54.59. Her time was good for second place in heat two and was the second-fastest time overall. It is the second-straight year she has advanced to the semifinals in the event. Her season-best time of 54.54 is No. 4 in the world and No. 2 in the country this year. It has also met the World Championships "A" standard.

"It went really well," Moline said. "There's still some things I want to work on with (head) coach (Fred) Harvey but first (place) and second (place) was really close, by nine hundredths-of-a-second. We (Kori Carter of Stanford) both ran really fast so I can't complain. (The delay) It didn't really affect me, if it did, it was in a positive way because I knew a lot of people were freaking out because of the weather but I just stayed positive and ready for the race."

Senior Brigetta Barrett advanced to the final of the women's high jump with a clearance of 5-10.5 (1.79m) and tied for first place. Due to the fact that this meet is a preliminary round of the NCAA Championships, it does not add to her winning streak against collegiate competition. Her season-best mark of 6-6.25 (1.99m) is the collegiate record for the women's high jump and is the No.1 mark in the world this year. That mark also meets the World Championships "A" standard. On Saturday, Barrett will compete in New York at the adidas Grand Prix meet. The meet is part of the Diamond League circuit and is considered prestigious around the country and world.

Junior Germe Poston's time of 23.94 in the 200-meter dash was good for a spot in Saturday's quarterfinal. She took fourth place in heat three but advanced on time. The quarterfinal will take place on Saturday at 7:35 p.m. CDT.

In the women's steeplechase, sophomore Clea Formaz clocked a time of 10:41.29 and took 10th place in heat one. She did not advance to the final in Eugene. In the men's 400-meter hurdles, senior Clifton Leake finished in 16th place overall with a time of 51.56. He took fifth place in heat two. In Leake's eight races during the 2013 outdoor season, he never ran slower than 52 seconds.

Freshman Traci-Lynn Hicks clocked a time of 14.23 in the women's 100-meter hurdles. She took fifth place in heat six and failed to advance to the quarterfinals of the event. Junior Shapri Romero clocked a time of 54.86 in the 400-meter run, taking eighth place in heat one and failed to advance to Eugene. Freshman Bernard Dickerson-Quinn's time of 46.80 in the men's 400 meters was good for fifth place in heat one but was not fast enough to advance to Eugene. His time was 15th overall.

Competition resumes on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the men's hammer throw. The event was rescheduled due to the weather issues on Friday. Senior Tyler Johnson will represent Arizona in the competition. The running events will start at 6 p.m.

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