Thirteen Track Cats to Compete in USA Championships

Thirteen Track Cats to Compete in USA Championships
TUCSON, Ariz. –

The University of Arizona had 13 current and former athletes qualify for the 2015 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. from June 25-28. Four men and nine women qualified for the meet.

On the men's side, volunteer assistant coach Bernard Legat will compete in the 5k race. The four-time Olympian currently has the 16th-fastest time in the world and the second-fastest time in the United States with a mark of 13:14.97, which was set on May 29 at Hayward Field. His personal best time was set back in July of 2011 when he ran the 5K in 12:53.60 in Monaco. Lagat is scheduled to run on Sunday, June 28 at 1:27 p.m. MST.

UA alumnus and volunteer assistant coach Nick Ross will compete in the high jump. Ross has the 41st-highest mark in the world and the sixth-highest mark in the United States with a height of 2.25m (7-4.5). His personal best was set back in May of 2014 when he jumped 2.30m (7-6) in Tucson. Ross is set to jump on Friday, June 26 at 5:40 p.m. MST.

UA alumnus Nick Mossberg will compete in the pole vault. Mossberg enters the meet with the 34th-highest jump in the world and the 11th-best height in the United States with a vault of 5.56m (18-2.75). The former Wildcat's personal best was set in May of 2013 in Chula Vista, Calif. where he pole vaulted 5.60m (18-4.5). Mossberg will jump at 11:50 a.m. on Saturday, June 27.

On the women's side, alumna and volunteer assistant coach Shapri Romero will compete in the 400m sprint starting with the first round on Thursday, June 25 at 4:20 p.m. MST. Romero has the 47th-fastest time in the world and the 33rd-fastest time in the United States with a time of 51.93, which is also her personal best.

UA alumna and volunteer assistant coach LaTisha Holden will be competing in the 100-meter hurdles. Holden has the 97th-fastest time in the world with a mark of 13.23. Her personal best was set back in June of 2012 when she clocked a time of 12.95 (+1.2w). Holden will run at in the first round on Friday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. MST.

Olympian and volunteer assistant coach Georganne Moline will compete in the 400-meter hurdles. The former Wildcat has the fourth-fastest time in the world and the third-fastest time in the United States with a mark of 54.29. Moline's personal best was set in Eugene, Ore. back in June of 2013 where she ran a time of 53.72. She will run in the first round of the event on Friday, June 26 at 6:40 p.m. MST.

Current Wildcat and senior-to-be Nnenya Hailey will also be competing in the 400-meter hurdles. Hailey just finished the season at the 2015 Outdoor NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. where she earned a sixth-place finish with a time of 56.98, good for NCAA First-Team All-America honors. Hailey has the 45th-fastest time in the world and 22nd-fastest time in the United States with a mark of 56.53, which she set at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on May 17, which is her personal best. She will run alongside Moline in the first round on Friday, June 26 at 6:40 p.m. MST.

Former Wildcat and NCAA Champion Liz Patterson will compete in the high jump. Patterson has the 77th-highest jump in the world and the eighth-highest jump in the United States with a mark of 1.85m (6-0.75). Her personal best was set back in June of 2010 when she jumped 1.91m (6-3.25). Patterson is set to jump at noon MST on Saturday, June 27.

Volunteer assistant coach Jill Camarena-Williams is set to compete in the shot put at 2 p.m. MST on Saturday, June 27. Camarena-Williams has the 16th-farthest toss in the world with a mark of 18.50m (60-8.5). Her personal best was set in July of 2011 in Paris when she tossed a mark of 20.18m (66-2.5).

UA alumna Taylor Bush will be competing in the hammer throw. She has the 90th-farthest mark in the world and the 36th-best mark in the United States with a toss of 65.27m (214-1). Her personal best was set back in April of 2014 at the friendly confines of Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. when she tossed a mark of 68.02m (223-2). Bush is scheduled to compete at 12:15 p.m. MST on Saturday, June 27.

There will be three Arizona representatives competing at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships as well. Current student-athlete and sophomore-to-be Claire Green will be competing in the 800m run at 4:16 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Green competed four times this season for the Wildcats and set a personal best at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz. with a time of 2:09.61.

Current Wildcat and sophomore-to-be Tiana Bonds will be competing in the heptathlon at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships as well. She competed in two heptathlons this season as a freshman and finished with 5,242 points, a personal best, at the Jim Click Shootout. She took fourth place in the meet. She also finished in eighth place overall at the Pac-12 Championships in the heptathlon with a score of 4,957. Bonds will begin competition with the 100m-hurdles at 10 a.m. MST on Thursday, June 25.

Current student-athlete and sophomore-to-be Bailey Roth will be competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Saturday, June 27 at 5:17 p.m. MST. His personal best was set at Hayward Field in July of 2014 when he finished with a time of 8:47.04. Roth redshirted during the outdoor season but competed in the the mile and the 3,000-meter run during indoor season.