June 12, 2013
TUCSON - The University of Arizona Wildcat track and field program received national recognition from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA). They announced the awards for the best men and women field athletes and track athletes of the season on Wednesday.
Senior Brigetta Barrett was named the National Women's Field Athlete of the Year. It is her first time receiving the honor. Barrett was also named the 2013 Women's West Region Field Athlete of the Year. Barrett will leave Arizona has the most successful women's collegiate high jumper ever. She won her sixth-straight NCAA Championship in the women's high jump this past weekend in Eugene, Ore. The last three indoor titles and the last three outdoor titles belong to Barrett. She won with a mark of 6-4.75 (1.95m). It was the fourth time that Barrett had cleared 6-4 or better during the 2013 outdoor season. Barrett is the first woman in collegiate history to win three-straight indoor and outdoor titles. She also owns the most high jump titles in collegiate history with six. Amy Acuff of UCLA had five. Barrett is the second woman in collegiate history to win three-straight outdoor titles; former Wildcat Tanya Hughes is the other. Hughes accomplished the feat in 1991, 1992 and 1993. The women's track and field program at Arizona has now claimed eight outdoor titles in the women's high jump.
Barrett also won the 2013 Pac-12 Championship, her third-straight conference title. On May 11 in Los Angeles, Calif., Barrett won with a mark of 6-6.25 (1.99m), setting a collegiate record in the event. She is the third woman in Pac-10/12 history to win three conference titles in the high jump. Tanya Hughes of Arizona (1991, 1992, 1993) and Whitney Evans of Washington State (2001, 2002, 2003) also accomplished that feat. Arizona now has nine Pac-10/12 women's high jump titles in the conference history, which is the most by any school and four of the last five titles.