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The University of Arizona Wildcats will have eight athletes with ties to the track and field program compete at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. The meet will begin on Aug. 10 and conclude on Aug. 18. The Wildcats coaching staff in Moscow includes, head coach Fred Harvey (hurdles), associate head coach James Li (distance), assistant coach Sheldon Blockburger (jumps) and assistant coach Craig Carter (throws). Assistant coach Francesca Green is the head manager for Team USA on the women's side.
"It's a great week to be a Wildcat in Moscow!" Harvey said. "The Wildcats are the talk of the town and it says a lot about them and the support we get from our administration, you can't have all of this by yourself. Once again, four of our six coaches have athletes at the world's top competition. Those same four coaches also had athletes at the Olympics last year. That why I say I have the best Staff in America! Bear Down."
Former Wildcat Brigetta Barrett will compete in the World Championships for the second-straight time. At the 2011 World Championships, she finished in 10th place overall. Barrett, who now represents Nike as a professional athlete, holds the No. 1 mark in the world entering the competition. That mark came at the 2013 USA Championships on June 22, when she had a personal-best clearance of 6-8.25 (2.04m), good for a first-place finish. That clearance is 1/2 inch off the American record and the No. 2 jump in U.S. history. For the 2013 season, Barrett has cleared 6-6 (1.98m) or better on four occasions. In her most recent competition, Barrett cleared 6-7 (2.01m) at the Monaco Diamond League meet and earned a first-place finish. The qualification round will occur at 9:40 a.m. on Aug. 15 in Moscow. In MST, that event will begin at 10:40 p.m. on Aug. 14. The final for the women's high jump is set for 6 p.m. on Aug. 17 in Moscow. In MST, that competition will begin at 7 a.m. on the same day.
Georganne Moline, a former Wildcat who now represents Nike, will compete in the World Championships in the 400-meter hurdles. She enters the competition with the No. 4 time in the world, 53.72. That time came on June 8 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., and was good for second place overall. It is the No. 3 time in collegiate history, a personal-best mark and the UA record. At the 2013 USA Championships, Moline earned a runner-up finish as well, clocking the No. 2 time of her career at 53.88. Her most recent race was in London on July 26 where she ran 54.32 and took third place in the Diamond League meet. The first round of the women's 400-meter hurdles is set for 11:05 a.m. in Moscow on Aug. 12. In MST, that round will start at 12:05 a.m. The semifinal round will commence on Aug. 13 at 7:05 p.m. In MST, it will start at 8:05 a.m. on the same day. Aug. 16 at 8:45 p.m. is when the final will take place. In MST, it will start at 9:45 a.m. on the same day.
Senior-to-be Alyssa Hasslen will compete in the women's shot put. She earned a third-place finish with a season-best toss of 59-4.75 (18.10m) at the 2013 USA Championships. That toss on June 22 currently ranks as the No. 27 throw in the world this year. Her previous best during the 2013 outdoor season was 56-6 on April 20 at the Mt. SAC Relays. Hasslen earned All-Conference honors in the shot put and the discus for the fourth time in her career this past collegiate season. She has one more indoor season of eligibility remaining. It is her first time competing in the World Championships. The preliminary round of the women's shot put will take place on Aug. 11 at 10:45 a.m. in Moscow. Tin MST, that event will take place on Aug. 10 at 11:45 p.m. The final of the women's shot put is set for 8:25 p.m. on Aug. 12 in Moscow. In MST, that event will begin at 9:05 a.m. on Aug. 12.
On the men's side, the Rivera-Morales brothers, Edgar and Luis, will represent Mexico at the World Championships. Edgar, a former Wildcat who graduated in May of 2013, will compete in the high jump. He has cleared 7-5.75 (2.28m) during the 2013 season, which ties a personal best and is also tied for No. 24 in the world. Luis, also a former Wildcat, will compete in the long jump. He currently holds the No. 1 mark in the world with a jump of 27-9.25 (8.46m) and a wind reading of +1.3. That jump from Luis came at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia on July 12. Also competing for Mexico, UA alum James Eichberger, who will run the 800 meters. His personal-best time of 1:45.88 is tied for No. 62 in the world this year. That time came in Ninove, Belgium on July 27.
The qualification round of the men's high jump is set for 9:50 a.m. on Aug. 13 in Moscow. In MST, that event will begin 10:50 p.m. on Aug. 12. The final of the high jump is set to start at 7 p.m. on Aug. 15. In MST, that competition will commence at 7 a.m. on the same day. The qualification round of the men's long jump will begin at 10:25 a.m. on Aug. 14. In MST, it will start at 11:25 p.m. on Aug. 13. The men's long jump final is set to start at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 in Moscow. In MST, the jumping will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the same day. For the 800 meters, the first round is set for Aug. 10 at 11:20 a.m. in Moscow. In MST, the race will begin at 12:20 a.m. on the same day. The semifinal round will start at 7:35 p.m. on Aug. 11 in Moscow. In MST, it will begin at 8:35 a.m. on the same day. The final will go off at 9:10 p.m. on Aug. 13 in Moscow. In MST, the race will start at 10:10 a.m. on the same day.
Former Wildcat Zack Lloyd took third place in the men's shot put competition at the 2013 USA Championships and claimed his spot on Team USA. He had a toss of 69-2.5 (21.09m) in the sixth round that was his best on the day. That mark is tied for No. 6 in the world heading into the competition. Lloyd earned NCAA Outdoor All-America honors in 2009 (2nd place) and 2008 (4th place) in the men's shot put at Arizona. Also, in 2008 he won the Pac-10 Championship in the event. The preliminary round of the men's shot put is set for 10:20 a.m. on Aug. 15. In MST, that event will start at 11:20 p.m. on Aug. 14. On Aug. 16, the final will begin at 8:10 p.m. in Moscow. In MST, it will start at 9:10 a.m. on the same day.
Volunteer assistant coach Bernard Lagat won the men's 5,000-meter race with a time of 14:56.16 at the 2013 USA Championships. Lagat, at 38 years old, claimed his fifth USA Championship in the event. It was the slowest winning time at the USA Championships since 1952. Lagat earned a silver medal at the World Championship in 2011 in the 5K with a time of 13:23.64. He also got silver at the 2009 World Championships with a time of 13:17.33. It will mark Lagat's fifth trip to the World Championships. He has the No. 15 time in the country this year at 13:07.76 on June 1 in Eugene, Ore. The preliminary round of the 5K is set for 10:20 a.m. on Aug. 13 in Moscow. In MST, the race will start at 11:20 p.m. on Aug. 12. The final will begin at 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 16 in Moscow. In MST, the race is set to go off at 9:45 a.m. on the same day.
Julie Labonté, a senior-to-be for the upcoming outdoor track and field season, qualified for the World Championships as a member of Canada's team. However, she withdrew from the competition after feeling the need to give her body a rest.
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