Wildcats earn NCAA qualifying times in Indianapolis
Four UA track athletes earned NCAA qualifying marks Saturday at the indoor Canon IV Classic in Indianapolis.
"We had an absolutely fabulous meet," head coach Dave Murray said.
Senior Abdi Abdirahman earned an NCAA qualifying mark in the men's 5,000-meters, finishing second with a time of 13 minutes, 53.34 seconds. Abdirahman was the top collegiate finisher in the race, placing second to Adidas-sponsored runner Todd Williams by only two seconds.
Sophomore Carolyn Jackson won the women's 400m with a time of 53.58 seconds, finishing second and scoring an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
Sophomore Patrick Nduwimana broke the UA indoor record in the 800m with a time of 1:47.01. This time netted Nduwimana a second place finish, as well as, an NCAA qualifying mark.
Freshman Tara Chaplin placed third in the women's 5,000m with a time of 16:16.06, which was also an NCAA qualifying mark. The race winner, Leigh Daniel of Texas Tech, only edged out Chaplin by less than a second.
"The Indianapolis meet was definitely the highlight of the weekend with all our athletes running very well," Murray said.
The full Wildcat squad will resume competition in Flagstaff at a tri-meet against host Northern Arizona and Arizona State this Saturday.
Brian Wahlund can be reached at Briwn.Wahlund@wildcat.arizoan.edu.