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    Track attempts to qualify for championships

    It all comes down to one last weekend for three members of the Arizona men’s and women’s track and field teams.

    While most of the team will remain in Tucson training, sprinter Bobby McCoy and runners Christina Rodgers and Irene Lagat will be trying to earn qualifications for the NCAA Indoor Championships next weekend in Fayetteville, Ark.

    Lagat will be in Seattle for the Washington Last Chance meet and compete in the 3,000-meter run. She earned an NCAA provisional qualification with a personal best time of 9:30.85 at last weekend’s Mountain Pacific Sports Championships.

    However, only the top 18 times in the country can compete in the Indoor Championships. Lagat will have to shave a little over 10 seconds off her personal best time to get to that mark, which is currently held by Diane Nukuri of Iowa at 9:20.07.

    McCoy and Rogers will travel to Ames, Iowa for the last chance meet there.

    “”We have to separate them because Seattle has a better track for the distance runners and Iowa State is known for having a fast track for the sprinters,”” said UA head coach Fred Harvey.

    Rodgers is currently ranked No. 27 in the country in the 800m run, but as with the 3,000, only 18 athletes will be allowed to compete in Fayetteville. Her best time of 2:08.47, also attained at last week’s MPSF meet, is a little over a second shy of the qualifying mark.

    McCoy is on the outside looking in the 400m dash, currently sitting at No. 20 overall. After several heartbreaks this season, McCoy finally earned a provisional time at the MPSF meet at 46.90 seconds.

    “”I really hope they can get me into a fast heat,”” McCoy said, “”I always do better against better competition.””

    Harvey said he hopes to get McCoy into a heat race with the fastest qualifiers, knowing that it’s going to take stiff competition to help push McCoy over the top.

    “”He is always racing to the level of his opponents,”” Harvey said.

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