By Christopher Wuensch
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday January 27, 2003
The men and women of UA track and field, always looking to reach new heights, traveled north this weekend to compete in the Wisconsin Elite Invitational.
The Camp Randall Sports Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin was the site on Saturday for UA track and field to continue their early season success. Competing against teams from the University of Wisconsin, Marquette and Indiana State, the Wildcats finished the meet winning seven events.
In the process Arizona qualified 19 athletes for the mid-February Mountain Pacific Championships to be held in Boise, Idaho.
Shot put specialist Sean Shields earned the top honor of the day, qualifying for an NCAA provisional. Shields' toss of 59.5 feet was long enough for a first place finish and a bid in NCAA post-season play. The sophomore currently holds the UA freshman record for both shot put (62-8) and discus (193 feet).
UA men captured first and second place in the pole vault, both with a leap of 16.5 feet. Several UA women showed no signs of early-season rust, leading the Wildcats to victories in four track events. In the 60-meter dash, sprinter Seynabou Ndiaye recorded a personal best and a first place showing. The junior from Dakar, Senegal finished with a time of 7.51 seconds.
Claiming first place finishes as well were Angel Perkins (400 meters) and Sharifa Jones (60 meter hurdles). For the freshman Perkins, a time of 56.99 seconds was fast enough to clinch her first career Arizona win. Perkins was also a member of the first place women's 4x400 meter relay race that sped to victory in 3:52.47.
Up next for Arizona will be their first of two meets in four weeks in Boise, Idaho. The Wildcats, minus their distance runners, will be competing in two weeks on Feb. 8 in the Boise Elite Invitational. The distance runners will be taking the same weekend to travel to the opposite coast to compete in the Boston Distance Classic.