The University of Arizona men's and women's track and field program had another strong day on Aug. 8 at Olympic Stadium in London. Current student-athlete Georganne Moline competed in the final of the women's 400-meter hurdles. Additionally, volunteer assistant coach Bernard Lagat ran in the preliminary round of the men's 5,000-meter race.
On the biggest stage, Moline ran the best race of her life, clocking a personal-best time of 53.92 seconds, good for a fifth-place finish in the final of the 400-meter hurdles. It is the sixth time she has broken her own school record this year.
The previous record was set in the first round of the Olympics, where Moline clocked a time of 54.31 seconds. Her time of 53.92 seconds is the third-best time in Pac-10/12 history. Moline will begin her senior year at Arizona in the fall.
“I am so excited,” Moline said. “I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. These girls ran a great race, and they helped me run a great race. I ended up with a PR.”
“She was fantastic,” head coach Fred Harvey said. “She had a certain amount of resolve within her going into the competition, her whole demeanor going in, competing and getting the best race she possibly could was special. The most special thing about her competition was the fact that this was the first national team she’s ever been on, and it happened to be the Olympics. I don’t think people realize how special that is. She has never been on a junior national team, a national team, or any of those things and for her to come to the Olympic Games and run two personal bests and finish fifth in the world, you have to be excited about that.”
Lagat clocked a time of 13:15.45 in heat two of the men's 5,000-meter race, good for fourth place. Lagat automatically qualified for the finals on Aug. 11 and 11:30 a.m. MST.
"My coach (associate head coach James Li) told me to be prepared that this race is going to be fast, and indeed it was fast," Lagat said. "He told me to make sure you are in good position and run relaxed, and I did. He told me, toward the end run a bit faster and be with the guys who are leading, and as long as you know you are safe, no need to win, just run hard...I was quite happy with it."
Also in action was former Arizona Wildcat Andre Iguodala, playing for USA Basketball. Iguodala and his U.S. teammates beat Australia in the quarterfinal by a score of 119-86. Iguodala scored three points and grabbed one rebound in just under eight minutes of action. Team USA will move on to the semifinal against Argentina on Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. MST.
Student-athlete Brigetta Barrett will make her Olympic debut on Aug. 9 in the preliminary round of the women's high jump competition. She is set to begin jumping at 1:30 a.m. MST.