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    ASU track gets by Wildcats

    The Arizona track and field teams’ struggles against ASU continued as both the men and women fell to the Sun Devils during the UA-ASU-NAU Double Dual meet.

    The Arizona men fell by a score of 109-89 and the women lost 107-93. The Wildcat women have never won a dual meet against ASU and the men have now lost three in a row against the Sun Devils.

    “”It was disappointing losing to ASU,”” said pole vaulter Nick Mossberg. “”We had some individual performances that didn’t quite meet the standard, and then again we had some outstanding performances.

    “”Overall it was a good meet,”” he added, “”and I don’t think the score reflected that well.””

    Though the Wildcats were unable to taste victory against the Sun Devils, Arizona fared much better against NAU. The men defeated the Lumberjacks 118-66, and the women also dominated with a score of 127-64.

    One of the top performers for the Wildcats was Mossberg, who had a new personal best of 5.41 meters. The senior moved into fourth place all-time in the UA record books with the jump.

    “”I got my confidence up going into the big meets coming up in a couple weeks,”” Mossberg said.

    Another Wildcat who had good showing at the meet was senior runner Chris Titsworth, who began the meet by winning the 110-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 14.34. He also won the 400m hurdles with a time of 51.68 seconds, which was an improvement on his regional-qualifying mark.

    Senior distance runner Dylan Fitzpatrick and freshman runner James Eichberger both earned the first regional qualifications of their careers during the meet.

    Fitzpatrick finished third with a best time of 3:46.68 in the 1,500m event and Eichberger finished second in the 800m with a time of 1.50.34.

    Some UA athletes continued their dominance in the dual meet just as they had the entire outdoor season. Junior Liz Patterson (high jump), senior Luis Rivera-Morales (long and triple jump) and junior Gabriella Duclos (pole vault) each won their respective events.

    Most of the Wildcats will be off next week as they prepare for the Pacific 10 Conference Championships in Eugene, Ore., in two weeks.

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