SEATTLE - The University of Arizona Wildcats No. 14 men's and No. 11 women's track and field teams finished competition at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships on Saturday. The meet was hosted by the University of Washington and took place Seattle, Wash.
The women earned a third-place finish with 92 points. Oregon won with 112 points. Arizona State took second place with 96 points and earned a Territorial Cup point over the UA women. Stanford's 82 points were good for fourth place. UCLA earned a fifth-place finish with 67.5 points.
On the men's side, Arizona finished in ninth place with 36 points. Arizona State won with 125.50 points. Oregon took second place with 102 points. California finished in third place after scoring 73.50 points. Washington State earned 70 points, good for fourth place. Stanford totaled 66 points, good for fifth place.
Senior Julie Labonté won the women's shot put competition with a season-best mark of 57-4.75 (17.49m). That is her fourth-straight MPSF Championship in the women's shot put. That mark stands at No. 3 in the country through today, excluding results around the country. Junior Alyssa Hasslen finished in second place with a mark of 56-4.5 (17.18m). Sophomore Baillie Gibson finished in fifth place, posting a mark of 53-11.75 (16.54m). Senior Omotayo Talabi took sixth place with a toss of 52-4.75 (15.97m). Senior Taylor Freeman earned an eighth-place finish, throwing 49-11.75 (15.23m). All five Wildcats scored points for Arizona, totaling 26 points towards the women's team.
"It went pretty bad actually throughout the meet," Labonté said. "But, the last throw I threw 17.49 meters which was a season-best mark and I was really happy about that. I was looking to throw 17.50 meters so it was a little under what I was hoping for but I'm going for 18 meters next time. Going into NCAA Championships, hopefully I will throw really far over there."
Senior Brigetta Barrett won her third-straight MPSF title in the women's high jump with a clearance of 6-2 (1.88m). She has won 19-straight collegiate competitions now and currently holds the second-best mark in the country. On the men's side, senior Edgar Rivera-Morales won his third MPSF title in the high jump. His clearance of 7-3 (2.21m) was good for first place. Freshman Jonny Giess finished in seventh place with a mark of 6-9 (2.06m).
In the women's 400-meter run, junior Shapri Romero took second place overall with a personal-best time of 53.56. She added eight points to the women's team total. On the men's side, junior Sean Delfani earned a third-place finish with a time of 47.63, the second-fastest time of his career. Freshman Bernard Dickerson-Quinn took seventh place with a personal-best time of 48.18. The duo combined to add 10 points to the men's score.
The quartet of Romero, junior Shale' Garland, junior Tamara Pridgett and senior Georganne Moline earned a fifth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:38.87. On the men's side, UA also took fifth place with a season-best time of 3:12.21. Delfani, senior Clifton Leake, sophomore Branden Helms and Dickerson-Quinn represented Arizona in the event.
Sophomore Nicci Corbin earned a second-place finish in the women's mile with a time of 4:44.93. Corbin tacked on eight points to the women's total. Freshman Traci-Lynn Hicks earned an eighth-place finish with a time of 8.69, adding a point to the women's score. Junior Germe Poston clocked a time of 7.61 in the women's 60-meter dash final, good for sixth place overall and three points. Moline clocked a time of 2:08.67 in the 800-meter run, good for seventh place overall. Junior Lawi Lalang clocked a time of 1:51.25 in the men's 800-meter run, good for sixth place and three points. Senior Jen Bergman clocked a personal-best time of 9:19.93 in the women's 3,000-meter run, good for sixth place. Freshman Ali Rodseth took eighth place in the women's triple jump with a mark of 38-0.75 (11.60m). In the men's triple jump, sophomore Jovon Cunningham took fifth place after jumping 50-3.25 (15.32m).
"I thought we had a good meet," head coach Fred Harvey said. "Being third and scoring that many points I thought was good, considering how we went about trying to score at this meet. I was really excited about how our throwers came back and performed in the shot put final. They came through and that is what championships are all about. I think the one thing that we learned a lot about in this competition is that we've been pretty good these last few years and we have a very highly ranked program. However, what we're finding out with the young people is that you have to come to compete every single day. That's a big message we're taking away from this competition, we could've done better. It's a learning experience and we'll get better at that."