The University of Arizona Wildcats No. 22 men's and No. 6 women's track and field teams wrapped up the second day of competition at the 55th annual Mt. SAC Relays on Friday in Walnut, Calif. The meet is taking place at Hilmer Lodge Stadium. Three Wildcats had performances that rank in the school's all-time top-10 outdoor lists on Friday.
Senior Jen Bergman clocked a personal-best time of 15:52.41 in the invitational elite section of the women's 5,000-meter race. Her time was good for 16th place and ranks as the No. 2 time in UA history. In the Olympic development section of the women's 5K, freshman Nicci Corbin clocked a time of 16:04.26 for her first 5,000-meter race ever. That time is No. 4 in school history.
"I'm really excited for her (Bergman) and that's one of the better times in the country," Harvey said." She's excited about where she's at, at this time. I'm really excited about one of my favorite athletes, Nicci Corbin. That's her first time ever running a 5K on the track, that's huge.
In the women's 200-meter dash, senior Georganne Moline clocked a personal-best time of 23.37 (+1.0) and took first place in heat three and second place overall. She did clock the fastest wind-legal time of the competitors. That time is tied for No. 3 in UA history and is the fastest a Wildcat has run the women's 200-meter race since Marquita Taylor in 2006. Excluding results from around the country, her time would rank as No. 20 in the country this year. Junior Germe Poston clocked a wind-aided time of 23.96 (+4.0). In the men's 200 meters, freshman Bernard Dickerson-Quinn clocked a wind-aided time of 21.52 (+3.6) and took fourth place in heat five and 24th overall.
"Georganne Moline, not her specialty but the 200 meters she runs 23.37," head coach Fred Harvey said. "It's very exciting going into her specialty tomorrow with the 400-meter hurdles."
In the women's hammer throw open section, sophomore Baillie Gibson took 14th place with a mark of 185-5 (56.51m). Senior Taylor Freeman took 17th place with a toss of 181-6 (55.33m). In the women's discus throw, junior Julie Labonté threw 177-1 (53.98m) and took fourth place overall in the invitational elite section. Gibson took fifth place with a mark of 176-9 (53.88m). Freeman finished with a mark of 165-10 (50.56m) and took 11th place. Senior Alyssa Hasslen's toss of 164-9 (50.23m) was good for 12th place overall.
In the open section of the women's 400-meter run, senior Shale' Garland clocked a time of 55.81 and took seventh place in heat three. On the men's side, senior Clifton Leake clocked a time of 47.78 and took fourth place in heat two. Freshman Traci-Lynn Hicks clocked wind-aided time of 13.97 in the women's 100-meter hurdles open section. That time was good for eighth place in heat one and is the best time of the season for Hicks in all conditions. On the men's side, sophomore Lezo Urreiztieta posted a time of 15.05 in the 110-meter hurdles, good for fifth place in heat four. Freshman Jonny Giess cleared 6-8.75 (2.05m) in the men's high jump open section. That mark was good for 15th place.
"The biggest thing for me was to see how athletes start responding to big-time, championship situations," Harvey said. "The Mt. SAC Relays gives you a lot of indication as to where you're going as a team, as a program and as individuals. We had some exciting things happen today. The spirit, where everyone is at right now, is really good. The direction that the leaders of the team are going right now is putting us in good shape going into the dual meet with ASU and the conference championships. Day one really shaped up to be a really good day. I'm looking forward to what is expected to be a fabulous day tomorrow."
Competition on Saturday is set to start at 11 a.m.
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