Five members of the No. 15 men's and No. 11 women's track and field teams will compete in last-chance meets this weekend.
Feb. 27, 2013
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TUCSON - The University of Arizona Wildcats No. 15 men's and No. 13 women's track and field teams will send five student-athletes to compete in two different meets this weekend for a final chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Senior Taylor Freeman and sophomore Baillie Gibson will head to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Qualifier on Saturday, March 2. Senior Jen Bergman and sophomore Nicci Corbin will head back to the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. The UW Final Qualifier will take place on Friday, March 1. Junior Shapri Romero will compete in the Arkansas Final Qualifier on March 1 in Fayettevill, Ark.
In Seattle, Bergman will compete in the women's 5,000-meter race that is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. PST. Bergman currently holds the No. 16 time in the country for the 5K with a personal-best mark of 16:00.66. She clocked that time at the MPSF Championships on February 22. She also ran a 5,000-meter race at the Husky Classic on February 8 where she posted a time of 16:13.99.
Corbin will compete in the women's mile that is set to start at 6:15 p.m. Her personal-best time of 4:40.88 currently ranks as the No. 34 time in the country. She posted that mark at the Husky Classic on February 8 as well. Her second-best time of the season came at the Razorback Invitational on January 26 where she posted a time of 4:41.84.
Romero's 400-meter race will take place at 5:45 p.m. CST. Romero's personal-best time of 53.56 came at the MPSF Championships on February 23. That mark ranks as No. 27 in the country. Her second-best time of the year was 53.65, taking place at the Don Kirby Invite on February 8.
Freeman will begin the weight throw competition at Iowa State at 10 a.m. CST. Her personal-best mark of 66-0.5 (20.13m) ranks as the 26th-best toss in the country this year. That mark came at the MPSF Championships on February 22. Her second-best mark of the season occurred on February 14 at the NAU Tune-Up where she threw 64-5.75 (19.65m).
Gibson will look to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the women's shot put. The competition at Iowa State is set to start at 1 p.m. Gibson's season-best mark of 54-4.75 (16.58m) ranks as the No. 19 toss in the country this year. That mark came at the Don Kirby Invite on February 8. Her second-best toss of 54-3.25 (16.54m) came at the NAU Tune-Up on February 14. Her personal-best toss is 55-7.5 (16.95m) and it came at Iowa State University on March 5, 2011.
Per the NCAA manual, qualification to the Championships is based on the descending order list for the season, prepared solely from the mandatory submission of meet results during the season and adhering to the Qualifying Regulations published in the Pre-Championships Manual. For each individual event contested at the Championships, the top 16 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested at the Championships, the top 12 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition. The stated maximums are absolute and will not be extended as a result of ties.
Any descending order list ties, by mark, for the last position to be accepted, will be resolved by examining, of those tied, the second best valid qualifying meet performance submitted during the season, and so on until there is no basis for a mark comparison. For a tie not resolved after all available mark comparisons, acceptance will be awarded to the competitor who achieved the original tying mark later in the season. For a tie still not resolved, acceptance will be awarded to the competitor who achieved the second best valid qualifying meet performance later in the season, and so on until there is no basis for date comparison. As a last resort, the tie for the last qualifying position will be decided by the toss of a coin.