CREATED Jul. 1, 2012
Sports Director: Jason Barr
Eugene, Oregon and Calgary, Alberta (Arizona Athletics)
University of Arizona Wildcat men’s and women’s track and field program had two student-athletes earn their way to the Olympic Games in London.
Junior Brigetta Barrett competed in the women’s high jump at the U.S. Trials while junior Julie Labonté competed in the shot put at the Canadian Trials. The U.S. Trials are being held in Eugene, Ore. at Hayward Field. The Canadian Trials are being held in Calgary, Alberta.
Barrett took second place in the high jump, with a personal-best clearance of 6-7 (2.01m). That mark was good for second place in the meet and a spot on Team USA for the Olympic Games. Barrett’s clearance was a meet record, a school record and Barrett is the lone collegian to ever clear more than 6-6, in-season or postseason. The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) declared that the mark is not the collegiate record because it did not take place during the collegiate season. Previously, the school record was owned by Tanya Hughes on May 22, 1992 in Eugene. She posted a mark of 6-5.5 (1.97m).
“Honestly, the goal from the beginning was to finish in the top 3,” Barrett said. “After that, I wanted to put on a show. All through the year, I didn’t set a personal best but I was really consistent and that was a big thing for me. So coming here, and doing what I did, it’s kind of surreal. I’m just happy.”
“I’ve been obsessed with putting my name in the collegiate record book,” Barrett said. “Since I’ve entered college, I want every record there is. This year, it was always frustrating (to not set a personal best), having a good meet but still ending up in tears because I knew I could jump higher, and today… thank God.”
Labonté took first place in the shot put at the Canadian Trials, punching her ticket to London as well. She had a mark of 57-5.5 (17.51m). Labonté will join volunteer assistant coach Jill Camarena-Williams in London for the women’s shot put competition. Labonté also took first place in the women’s discus throw on Friday with a mark of 177-3 (54.02m). However, she failed to meet the Olympic Games “A” Standard of 62.00m so she did not qualify for the Olympics in that event.