Arizona in lead after day two
Barrett went perfect on each of her first five jumps
DES MOINES, Iowa – There was no shortage of drama or action Thursday as Arizona took part in the second day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. While the majority of the day's events were completed, inclement weather suspended the latter portion of the competition until tomorrow.
With nearly two days of competition in the books, Arizona is currently the leader on the women's side with 20 points.
Sophomore Brigetta Barrett outraced the thunderstorms, winning the high jump competition about 10 minutes before a lightning delay canceled the remaining of the competition for the day. Barrett went perfect on each of her first five jumps, clearing 1.86m (6-1 ¼) to win her second national title in 2011. She would then pass at 1.89m (6-2 ¼) before missing all three attempts at 1.92m (6-3 ½).
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Barrett was one of five student-athletes to attempt the bar at 1.86m and the only one to clear, easily handling her competition and adding another trophy to go with her indoor crown. It was the sixth time a Wildcat has won the women's outdoor high jump title and first since Elizabeth Patterson did so in 2008.
Barrett's sixth Arizona title in the event matches Texas for the most in history in the event, and extended the Pac-10 record of wins in the event to 11 over the Big 12, which lays claim to nine women's high jump champions.
The thunderstorm rolled through the area shortly after Barrett's victory, keeping the women's 4x400-meter relay team on edge awaiting their fate. The women's squad took fourth in the second heat of the competition in a time of 3:33.00 and putting them right on the bubble to advance to Saturday's final. However, the weather delay came just as the third heat was about to step into the blocks and now the UA will have to wait until tomorrow to see whether or not they will advance to the final
Earlier in the day, senior LaTisha Holden ran the best race of her career and set the school record in the process in the 100-meter hurdles. Holden clocked a wind-legal time of 13.07 to take second in her heat and automatically advance to Saturday's final in the event. Holden toppled Sharifa Jones' former school record of 13.10 set in 2004 to give her both the school 60-meter indoor hurdle record and the outdoor 100-meter honor as well as she looks to wrap up her senior career with an All-American award.
The men's team saw it's own share of drama in the 1,500-meter run as Abdi Hassan tumbled as the field came to the bell in the second heat. Hassan was running within the lead pack with one lap to go when the student-athletes bunched up together with everyone trying to make a move. Hassan ended up on the ground and was unable to finish. However, it was ruled that Penn State's Ryan Foster tripped Hassan and after a protest was filed, Hassan was advanced to Saturday's final in the event as well.
Senior Maggie Callahan wrapped up her career in the steeplechase semifinals, finishing ninth in her heat in 10:22.88 and 18th overall to earn an honorable mention towards the All-America lists. Junior Hannah Moen ran an impressive race herself, clocking a time of 10:13.97 but that time also would be just shy of advancing to the final in the event and she too would settle of an All-America honorable mention with her 17th place finish.