Jun 29, 2012 2:09 AM
Eugene, Ore. - University of Arizona Wildcat men's and women's track and field teams were represented very well on Thursday at the U.S. Olympic Trials. The meet is being held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The final day of competition is July 1. Junior Brigetta Barrett and former Wildcat Liz Patterson competed in the preliminary round of the women's high jump. Junior Georganne Moline ran in the preliminary round of the women's 400-meter hurdles. Volunteer assistant coach Jill Camarena-Williams, junior Alyssa Hasslen and sophomore Baillie Gibson all competed in the preliminary round of the women's shot put. Volunteer assistant coach Bernard Lagat and former Wildcat Robert Cheseret ran in the final of the 5,000 meters.
Lagat will represent Team USA in London in the 5,000-meter race. He took second place on Thursday in the 5,000-meter final with a time of 13:22.82. Lagat earned his fourth trip to the Olympic Games. He earned a bronze medal in 2000 in the 1,500-meter race and silver in 2004, also in the 1,500 meters. Cheseret took 12th place with a time of 13:50.39.
Barrett advanced to the final of the women's high jump with a clearance of 6-0 (1.83m). She tied for first place and did not record a miss during the competition. Patterson did not advance to the final; she tied for 14th place with a clearance of 5-10.5 (1.79m). Barrett will compete in the final of the high jump on June 30 at 5 p.m. MST.
"Today went well," Barrett said. "I felt really good, I felt really calm and really confident. It was really exciting but also a slap-in-the-face reminder that I have to perform. Watching Inika Mcpherson no-height was very shocking, so as far as that aspect, it's a reminder and a wake-up call that I needed. I feel very confident; I have the "A" Standard so all I have to do is compete. The first thing on my mind right now is making the Olympic team and then putting on a little show out there."
Moline advanced to the semifinal of the women's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.53. That time was good for a win in heat two and was the second-fastest time overall. Moline will compete in the semifinal on Friday at 3:20 p.m.
"Technically, it wasn't what I wanted," Moline said. "The point was just to win so I can't complain; I have two more rounds to go. (Physically) I felt a little more tired than I usually am going into the turn but I just wanted to make sure I was leading and stayed in first, I accomplished that. I'm really confident; I've been in Eugene for over a week so the anticipation has been killing me. I finally got one race under my belt, move on to the next round, conquer there and then move on to the finals."
Camarena-Williams, Hasslen and Gibson all advanced to the final of the shot put competition. Camarena-Williams had the best throw of the day with a mark of 63-4 (19.30m). She passed on her second and third attempt in the competition. Hasslen took sixth place, throwing 55-11.75 (17.06m). Gibson had a toss of 55-2 (16.81m), good for ninth place. The trio will compete in the final on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
"It went well, I would have liked to throw further but considering that I've been hurt the last few weeks, I'm really happy with how I threw," Hasslen said. "I'm just happy I made it to tomorrow, that's all that matters. It doesn't matter how I threw today. I'm confident after today because I realize that I was able to throw without feeling pain. It bugged me a little bit but not nearly as bad as I thought it would so I feel really good about that."
"Today was all about getting read for tomorrow," Camarena-Williams said. "It only took me one throw, so I get to rest and throw some bombs tomorrow. I'm confident and ready. I'm going to go out there and make sure I make that team, whatever it takes to do that, that's what I'm going to do. Hopefully, I can come out with the win but at the end of the day, the whole point of this meet is to make that team."