Arizona Wildcat Brigetta Barrett wins silver medal
Reporter: Jason Barr, Sports Director
LONDON (Arizona Athletics)
University of Arizona Wildcat men’s and women’s track and field programs were represented very well on Saturday at Olympic Stadium in London. Student-athlete Brigetta Barrett competed in the final of the women’s high jump. Volunteer assistant coach Bernard Lagat ran in the final of the men’s 5,000-meter race.
Barrett, a senior-to-be, won the silver medal in the high jump competition with a personal-best clearance of 6-8 (2.03m). That mark is the best jump ever by a collegiate female in the high jump. The previous mark was also held by Barrett, when she cleared 6-7 (2.01m) at the U.S. Olympic Trials on July 1st. Since she did not post the mark during the collegiate season, it does not count as the collegiate record. She is the first Arizona track and field athlete to earn a medal in the Olympics since Michael Bates and Sandra Farmer-Patrick in 1992. Barrett is the only Wildcat to ever medal in the women’s high jump.
Lagat took fourth place in the men’s 5,000-meter race, missing a medal by .63 seconds. He tripped and lost his balance around the last turn, taking away most of his momentum. He still managed to finish strong, clocking a time of 13:42.99.