Eugene, Ore. – The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 22 men's and No. 6 women's track and field teams wrapped up the third of four days of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. Hayward Field is the location of the meet. Friday's attendance at Hayward Field was 10,128. The Wildcats tacked on eight points to the women's score and 1/2 point on the men's side.
The women end the third day in a tie for seventh place with 19 points. Kansas leads with 48 points. Oregon sits in second with 33 points. Arizona State's 26 points are good for third place. Stanford has 25 points in fourth place. LSU is in fifth place with 23 points.
The men's squad has 10.5 points and sits in 16th place. USC and Texas are tied for first place with 32 points. Arkansas is in third place with 30.5 points. Florida State's total of 21.5 points is good for fourth place. Texas A&M has 21 points and is in fifth place.
Senior Georganne Moline earned a runner-up finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 53.72. That time is the third-best time in collegiate history, No. 3 in the world this year and the new school record. The previous school record was Moline's personal-best time of 53.92 at the London Olympic Games on August 8, 2012. Kori Carter (Stanford) won with a time of 53.21, the new collegiate record. Moline and Carter are only the second and third women ever to run under 54 seconds during the collegiate season. Moline added eight points to the women's team score and earned first-team All-America honors. She is the first Wildcat to earn first-team All-America honors in the women's 400-meter hurdles since Michelle Johnson in 1996 and it is only the fifth time in UA history that it has been accomplished.
"It was awesome," Moline said. "That's a great time to lose to, I really can't complain, she (Carter) has pushed me every time I've ran with her. It was a personal best for me so I was really happy. I went efficiently through eight (hurdles) and then switched on nine like I usually do. I told myself that if I won, I would set a personal best. The objective is always to win and I really wanted to get that collegiate record and win but like I said, I can't complain. I'm really happy with my time. Now, I have tunnel vision for the World Championships (In Moscow) and I'm excited because we're about to have some great competition and we can only get faster from here. No. 3 in the world sounds awesome, No. 1 sounds better but hey, I can deal with it for now."
Senior Edgar Rivera-Morales tied for eighth place in the men's high jump competition with a clearance of 7-2.5 (2.20m). He added .5 points to the men's total score. It is the first time in Rivera-Morales' career that he earned first-team All-America accolades during the outdoor season. Rivera-Morales was also a 2013 first-team indoor All-American. It is the fourth-straight year a Wildcat has earned first-team All-America honors in the men's high jump. He was a three-time MPSF Indoor Champion, including the 2013 season. He also won the 2013 Pac-12 title in the event, the first of his career. He holds the indoor school record with a clearance of 7-5 (2.26m) and is tied for the second-best mark in school history for outdoors with a clearance of 7-5.75 (2.28m).
"I'm happy (about being an All-American), it's fine," Rivera-Morales said. "It's my last year and I was never an All-American so it's good. I didn't expect to get eighth place with clearing 2.20m; I thought I was going to get 10th place or something. It's a little tough, because I had high expectations for myself. I was doing well during the season; it was just a tough way to go out. It's nice to have an award to remember the meet."
Freshman Nicci Corbin took 14th place in the 5K with a time of 16:18.56, earning second-team All-America honors. It is the second-best time of Corbin's career. Senior Jen Bergman accomplished the same feat, she clocked a time of 16:20.55 and took 15th place overall. It is the second-straight year that a Wildcat has earned either first or second-team All-America honors in the women's 5K.
"I thought it was a great day for Arizona," head coach Fred Harvey said. "I thought we would do a little better in the high jump with Edgar. He still ended up an All-American, he's been a great high jumper for us and he feels really good about what he did but obviously he wanted to jump higher. Nicci and Jen in the 5K, I thought it would be a long shot for them to score but there goal was to try to be second-team All-Americans and they were able to accomplish that. The fastest hurdle race in the history of the NCAA… If you were to tell me in September that Georganne or anybody would run 53.72 and they would not win the race, I would've said you're crazy. But that's exactly what happened. Kori Carter and Georganne Moline are the hottest hurdlers in the country right now. Tomorrow, we should be in that fight for a spot on the podium and I told the ladies that."
On Saturday, junior Lawi Lalang will return to the track with a chance to claim his second title this meet. He will run the 5K at 3:32 p.m. Senior Brigetta Barrett will compete in the high jump at 12:45 p.m. Senior Alyssa Hasslen and junior Julie Labonté are set to compete in the shot put at 1 p.m.
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