Wildcats Set For World U. Games
Associate head coach James Li will serve as the head men's coach for Team USA.
The University of Arizona Wildcat men's and women's track and field programs will be well-represented at the World University Games, August 16-21, 2011. The event will take place at the Main Stadium of Universiade Center in Universiade New Town, Longgang District in Shenzen, China.
Arizona head men's and women's cross country coach and associate head men's and women's track and field coach James Li will serve as the head men's coach of Team USA for the event. Boston University director of cross country and track and field Robyne Johnson will serve as the head women's coach. Team USA's roster is composed of 10 women and 10 men. Of those 20 student-athletes competing, three females and three males will represent Pac-12 schools.
Soon-to-be junior Brigetta Barrett will compete in the high jump. The qualifying event will be held Fri., Aug. 19 with the finals taking place Sun., Aug. 21.In 2011, Barrett was the U.S. National Outdoor Champion, a two-time NCAA Champion, the Pac-10 Outdoor Champion and the MPSF Indoor Champion in the high jump. Most recently, Barrett became the American national champion with a new career-best clearance of 6-4.75 to move to third all-time in Arizona's prestigious history in the event and into a tie for the fourth-best jump in collegiate history (tied for ninth among individuals). It was the first-ever national championship in the event for a UA student-athlete.
By winning the U.S. competition and matching the 'A' qualifying standard, Barrett made herself eligible for the IAAF World Championships beginning July 27 in Daegu, Korea. Her clearance is the top jump for an American in the 2011 competition season and currently ranks Barrett in a tie for the seventh-best jump in the world this year.
Soon-to-be junior Julie Labonte will represent Team Canada in the shot put. Qualifying will take place on Fri., Aug. 19 with the finals being contested on Sat. Aug. 20. Labonte swept the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor titles in the shot put and earned All-America honors in both events. She also set the indoor school record in the event with her toss of 57-9 to win the 2011 MPSF Indoor title on Feb. 25. She is the Canadian national shot put record holder indoors and out.
Representing Team Mexico will be soon-to-be junior Edgar Rivera-Morales and former Wildcat Luis Rivera-Morales. Edgar will compete in the high jump with the qualifying event on Tues., Aug. 16 and the finals on Thurs., Aug. 18. Luis will compete in the long jump with qualifying on Sat., Aug. 20 and finals on Sun., Aug. 21.
Edgar was a two-time All-American in 2011 in both the indoor and outdoor high jump competitions. He also won the high jump title at the MPSF Indoor Championships and earned a fifth-place finish in the event at the Pac-10 Outdoor Championships.
During his Wildcat tenure, Luis set the indoor school record in the long jump with his leap of 25-9.25 to win the 2010 MPSF Indoor title on Feb. 26. He also holds the No. 3 outdoor long jump on Arizona's top-10 all-time list with his mark of 26-1 set at the 2009 Pac-10 Outdoor Championships. He earned two All-America honors.
For more information on and a complete competition schedule for the World University Games, visit USATF.org.