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Track has record- setting weekend

The Arizona track and field team took to Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend for one of the nation’s most high-profile track meets, and the spotlight wasn’t too bright for the Wildcats.

UA junior Nick Ross set a new world record during his heptathlon high jump on Friday at the Razorback Invitational. He beat the previous record of 2.23m held by Igor Samylov of Slovenia with a mark of 2.24m.

Sophomore Lawi Lalang won the mile race and set a new Arizona school record with a time of 3:55.09, which is currently the best time in the world for the 2012 season and the third-best collegiate time ever. Lalang missed the collegiate record by 0.09 seconds. Senior Stephen Sambu earned a third-place finish in the 3,000-meter run, earning him an automatic bid to the NCAA Indoor Championships. Junior Edgar-Rivera Morales won the men’s high-jump event clearing 2.16m.

For the women, freshman Nicci Corbin won her first collegiate race with a time 4:51.16 in the mile, beating second-place finisher Linden Hall of Florida State by 2.08 seconds.

Junior Brigetta Barrett, who already holds the nation’s leading high jump mark, improved her own record and also set a new school record and broke the Randal Tyson Track Center record, clearing 1.97m.

Junior Julie Labonte took first place in shot put, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA indoor championships with the second-best mark in the country. Sophomore Elvin Kibet kicked off her indoor track season with a third place finish in the 3,000-m and a new personal best time of 9:15.93.

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