Three Wildcats Headed To Fayetteville For NCAA Championships - Tucson News Now

Three Wildcats Headed To Fayetteville For NCAA Championships

 Tucson, Ariz. – Three members of the University of Arizona Wildcat women's track and field team were accepted into the field for the NCAA Indoor Championships. On Tuesday night, the NCAA announced the field, 16 individual athletes in each event and 12 relay teams. The final collegiate meet of the indoor season will take place on March 13-14 in Fayetteville, Ark.

For the second-straight year, junior Nnenya Hailey will represent the Wildcats in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Hailey earned second-team All-America honors in 2014, earning a 13th-place finish overall in the preliminary round. This year, Hailey enters the event seeded No. 12 overall with her season-best time of 8.19, which is also a personal-best mark. Hailey has only competed in the event in two meets this season, the Don Kirby Open and the MPSF Championships. Hailey has gotten faster in each race she's run, posting times of 8.45, 8.23, 8.21 and then 8.19 in the final of the event at the MPSF Championships.

Senior Elvin Kibet will return to the NCAA Indoor Championships after missing out the past two years. Kibet earned first-team All-America honors in 2012 at the NCAA Indoor Championships. However, Kibet has failed to return due to injuries in the two previous seasons. In 2015, Kibet was healthy throughout and she showed her quality. Kibet's season-best time of 16:02.54 came in the 5,000-meter race at the Husky Classic. She enters the event with the 16th-best seed time.

Sophomore Lisanne Hagens continues the long list of female high jumpers to compete at the NCAA Championships for the Wildcats. Much like Kibet, Hagens battled injuries throughout the 2014 campaign. But, when healthy, Hagens showed her true form. In 2014, her personal-best mark was 5-7. This year, she never jumped lower than 5-8.5. Hagens cleared over 5-10 on three occasions, with her personal-best mark of 6-0 (1.83m) coming at the Don Kirby Open. She enters the competition in a tie for the 16th-best mark.

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