Eugene, Ore. –The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 22 men's and No. 6 women's track and field teams completed the first day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. Hayward Field is the location of the meet that will take place from June 5-8. After the first day, the Wildcats tacked on three points to the women's total score.
For the third-straight year, Arizona has had a first-team All-American in the women's 10,000-meter race. This year, senior Jen Bergman was the honoree. She took sixth place with a time of 33:45.03. It is the second time in three years that Bergman has been a first-team All-America in the 10K. She took third place in 2011 and 12th place in 2012. Bergman will return to the track on Friday at 6:15 p.m. PDT for the final of the 5K. Bergman also doubled in 2011.
"It feels really awesome to score for the team," Bergman said. "I wanted to score more but I did do my best. I got third my sophomore year so I was hoping to do higher than that. But, I got some points for the team so anything I can do for them helps a lot."
Senior Georganne Moline took second place in heat one of the 400-meter hurdle semifinal with a time of 54.89. Her time was the second-best time overall, running faster than 21 of the other 22 competitors. Kori Carter (Stanford) won heat one and clocked the No. 1 time in the semifinal at 54.67. Moline's time is also the second-fastest time in the history of the NCAA Championships for a semifinal of the 400-meter hurdles. It is the fist time Moline has advanced to the final of the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships in her career. In 2012, she fell in the semifinal round and failed to advance. She is the first Wildcat to make the finals of the women's 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships since Michelle Johnson in 1996. Johnson took sixth place in the final with a time of 57.81. Moline's final will take place on Friday at 4:30 p.m. PDT. However, Moline will return to the track on Thursday to anchor the women's 4x400-meter relay in the semifinal round at 6:20 p.m.
"It's never fun losing," Moline said. "But if I had to lose to somebody, I'm glad it's her. She's a great athlete, it's not like I'm losing with a bad time and we're running really fast. So I really can't be too upset. There's a little bit of frustration but I'm keeping my overall goal in mind. My coach (Fred Harvey) and I are very happy; we're just going to get faster. I'm excited for what's about to come. I'm just going to look at film and see how I can get better. The goal is to always win."
The women's 4x100-meter relay took seventh place in heat two and 19th overall with a time of 45.13. in the semifinal of the event. The quartet of freshman Traci-Lynn Hicks, junior Shapri Romero, junior Tamara Pridgett and junior Germe Poston competed for Arizona and failed to advance to Saturday's final. The quartet took fifth at the Pac-12 Championships in the event and automatically qualified for the final in Eugene with a season-best time of 44.75 at the NCAA West Preliminaries in Austin, Texas. That time is tied for No. 3 in UA history.
"We're on track," head coach Fred Harvey said. "We wanted to possibly get the 4x1 to slip through, that would've been icing on the cake. But they didn't run as well as I thought they should run or be able to run today. Georganne (Moline) ran a very nice semifinal race. Her and Kori Carter went at it again, the fourth time this season. It was really nice to make sure she got through and she is in good scoring position. I'm going to put some pressure on her, I think she's going to do something special on Friday. It was exciting to watch Jen (Bergman) get out and attack the race. It was really cool to watch Brigetta (Barrett), Georganne, Julie Labonté, Alyssa Hasslen and Baillie Gibson out here to cheer her on. It was a very good first day, we're on track with what we want to do, we just have to keep plugging away."
On Thursday at 2 p.m., senior Alyssa Hasslen, junior Julie Labonté and sophomore Baillie Gibson will compete in the women's discus competition. Romero, Pridgett, senior Shale' Garland and Moline will compete in the semifinal round of the women's 4x400-meter relay at 6:20 p.m. To end the day, junior Lawi Lalang will run the 10K at 7:15 p.m.
Thursday's competition will be broadcast on Pac-12 Live Stream from 11 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. The broadcast will switch to ESPN3.com from 3:50 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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