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By Staff and Wire reports
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday Apr. 19, 2002

Mackovic trusted now

UA football coach John Mackovic has been selected to the Board of Trustees of the American Football Coaches Association.

He is the third UA coach in program history to receive the honor.

It will be the second time Mackovic has been on the board, as he served on the board from 1993 to 1997 when he was at Texas. His appointment gave the Arizona program two trustees in the past four years.

Former UA head coach Dick Tomey served on the board in 1999 and 2000. G.A. "Tex" Oliver was the other UA coach to serve as a board member, from 1935 to 1937.

Mackovic was elected to fill the vacancy in District 9 created when Tyrone Willingham moved to Notre Dame.

Wildcats climb to Mt. SAC

The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams look to add more qualifiers this weekend when they travel to Walnut, Calif., for the Mt. San Antonio College Relays tomorrow through Sunday.

The meet consists of three days of relays and several open races. Some of the top teams in the nation will compete in the event, including Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, BYU, Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, Stanford, Southern Methodist, USC and UTEP.

"This week will be a lot like last week in terms of trying to improve upon our performances," UA head coach Dave Murray said. "I think we have qualified everyone who is going to qualify for the Pac-10 Championships. We just need to improve our NCAA marks and pick up a few more. We still have several athletes who are capable of qualifying.

"The Mt. SAC Relays gives our athletes the opportunity to compete with a very high level of competition. It should be a great meet for our team," Murray said.

Liljenquist named second-team All-American, sixth in her meet

The No. 12 Arizona gymnastics team finished sixth in the opening session of the National Semifinals in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, yesterday afternoon.

No. 4 Utah (196.775), No. 3 Georgia (196.650) and No. 8 Nebraska (196.575) secured three of the berths to tomorrow's "Super Six" championship meet. No. 5 Michigan (196.275) finished fourth, with No. 6 Louisiana State (195.850) following in fifth. The Gymcats posted a score of 195.975.

Arizona finishes the 2002 campaign with an overall record of 19-13, capped off by second-place finishes at the Pacific 10 Conference championship and the South Central Regional Championship.

UA Senior Randi Liljenquist earned second-team All-America honors for her work on the bars after posting a 9.825 yesterday, good for sixth overall in her final collegiate meet as a Wildcat.

"We worked so hard to get this team back here to the national championships," head coach Bill Ryden said. "I feel great about this team's future. This championship meet was a turning point for our program."


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