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Golf and XC key players

Michael Ignatov
Michael Ignatov / Arizona Daily Wildcat University of Arizona hosts the Dave Murray Invitational cross country meet at Dell Urich Golf Course, Tucson, Ariz., September 18, 2009.

Men’s golf

Tarquin MacManus — The senior and the Wildcats’ No. 1 golfer, was selected to PING all-region team this summer by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

“”It’s always good to be recognized,”” MacManus said, “”but my performance last year was not as good as I wanted it to be.””

Jonathan Khan — The Tucson native is heading into his senior year and is expected to step into the No. 2 role for the Wildcats. Khan ranked third on the team in stoke average last year as he posted a 72.89 average. He was one of the most consistent Wildcats last year with six finishes in the top 20.

Juan Pablo Hernandez — The sophomore hailing from Mexico City, had a very successful freshman year, with five finishes at par, as well as one top-10 finish. Before he stepped onto campus to begin his collegiate career, Hernandez was well renowned in Mexico, where he ranked third in the Mexican golf rankings in July of 2008 and first in Mexican junior golf rankings in July 2009.


Women’s golf

Sherlyn Popelka — Hailing from Switzerland, Popelka turned in a fantastic freshman season. She led Arizona to its first team win in six years at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown as she won individual honors in only her third collegiate tournament. Popelka was a highly-touted recruit, as she attended the Annika Sorrenstam Academy. After a successful freshman year, the Wildcats expect big things from Popelka.

Isabelle Boineau — After she emerged as Arizona’s No. 1 golfer during the 2009-10 season, Boineau is expected to continue to carry the load this season. The France native is extremely consistent with her finishes and should only improve in 2010.

Alejandra Llaneza — The lone senior on a young team, Llaneza has been an integral part of the women’s golf program during her first three years as a Wildcat. The Mexico City product is expected to take a leadership role with the Wildcats this season.


Men’s Cross-country

Abdi Hassan — The freshman phenom set school freshman records in the 1500-meter. Hassan earned All-Conference honors with what he was able to do in his first year.

Stephen Sambu — Coming into his first year as a Wildcat, Sambu was wildly regarded as the top junior college recruit of the 2010-11 school year. In fact, he was so successful that he never lost a race at the junior college level.

Jordan Mara — The team’s lone senior was tabbed a captain of the men’s track and field squad back in 2009, and should wear that hat again for the cross-country team in 2010. The British Columbia native should go out with a bang as a Wildcat.


Women’s Cross-country

Jennifer Bergman — The freshman burst onto the scene last season, as she became the No. 2 runner on the team. She was one of the key components in sending the Wildcats to their first national championship appearance in nine years.

Hannah Moen — The junior already has an established career. Moen has already set a school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase.  Moen has the seventh-fastest time in the 5000-meter in school history and the seventh-fastest time in the open 3000-meter in school history.

Elizabeth Apgar — In her first season for the cross-country team Apgar proved to be one of the most consistent runners on the team. She recorded the most consecutive points for the Wildcats including four straight meets and three championship events.

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