UA's Hailey finishes sixth in NCAA 400-meter hurdles Final - Tucson News Now

UA's Hailey finishes sixth in NCAA 400-meter hurdles Final

(Cover photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics) (Cover photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics)

The University of Arizona Wildcat women's track and field team finished competition on Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. The meet was held at Oregon's Historic Hayward Field. Saturday's attendance was 11,734 and the four-day attendance was 42,544.

Oregon swept the men's and women's team titles. Their women won with 59 points. Kentucky took second with 50 points. Texas A&M had 47 points in third place. Arkansas' 43 points were good for fourth place. Arizona's women's team tied for 45th place with three points and their streak of top-25 finishes is snapped at seven.

“We have a lot of really good, young athletes,” head coach Fred Harvey said. “We feel that we will be a really competitive team at this meet next year. This is the meet we have to get ready for. This is where we're judged upon whether or not we are a quality program. At the end of the day we have to come to the NCAA Championships and get it done and score points. There's work to be done but I look at what we have returning and the attitude of the athletes we had here at this meet. I'm really expecting them to teach the others what it takes to be competitive here.”

In the 400-meter hurdles, junior Nnenya Hailey earned a sixth-place finish with time of 56.98, good for NCAA First-Team All-America accolades. It is the fourth-straight year that Arizona has had an All-American in the event. In 2012 and 2013 Georganne Moline earned All-America accolades while Hailey did it in 2014 as well. For the second-straight year, Hailey earned NCAA Indoor All-America accolades in the 60-meter hurdles and NCAA Outdoor All-America accolades in the 400-meter hurdles. No other athlete in program history has done it even once.

“I'm really proud of her,” Harvey said. “I thought she could have been a higher finisher, maybe fourth or fifth. I was proud of her performance the entire weekend. She's still figuring some things out but the good thing is, she's figuring some things out and still becoming an All-American and the No. 6 hurdler in the country. You can't really be mad at that.

Next for the Wildcats will be the athlete's national championships in order to qualify for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. The USA Outdoor Championships will take place in Eugene on June 25-28.

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