NCAA track and field: Wildcats projected for top-10 finishes

2014-04-27T00:00:00Z NCAA track and field: Wildcats projected for top-10 finishes Arizona Daily Star
April 27, 2014 12:00 am

Track & Field News last week projected Arizona to finish No. 7 in the NCAA men’s finals, with Nick Ross winning the high jump and Lawi Lalang the 10,000 meters. It also projected Arizona to finish No. 8 in the women’s NCAA finals, with Julie Labonte the top shot-putter. The showdown of the year in both Pac-12 and NCAA running is set between Lalang and Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek, who is the top distance-runner to enter college sports since Lalang in 2011. The NCAA finals will take place at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., where 14,000 Ducks fans will roar their support of Cheserek. It’ll be worth the price of admission. … Former Pima College pitcher Donald Veal of Sierra Vista was sent by the Chicago White Sox to their Triple-A team in Charlotte, N.C., last week. Veal has pitched in exactly 100 major-league games, but struggled this spring with seven walks and six hits allowed in just six innings. He is being paid $516,000 this year. … Jason Terry is sitting out the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2003-04. Now a Sacramento King, Terry, who turns 37 in September, has been paid $98.7 million since leaving Arizona after the 1998-99 season. He is due $5.4 million next season. … Good to see UA grad and former Arizona assistant baseball coach Bill Kinneberg win his 500th career game, Friday night for the Utah Utes. Kinneberg, who has been the head coach at UTEP and Wyoming, is in his 10th season at Utah. Former Salpointe and UA pitcher Mike Crawford is his pitching coach. … UA football coach Rich Rodriguez is one of 12 coaches invited to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Golf Challenge on Monday and Tuesday in Plantation, Ga. His partner is UA alumnus Jack Wagner, a scratch golfer who is probably the top golfer in the Hollywood TV and movie industry, and a regular golf partner of two-time Arizona All-American David Berganio. The winner of the event will be awarded $125,000, which he will then direct to a charity. South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier and partner Sterling Sharpe have won the event twice. Also in the field: Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and partner Bo Jackson. … It’s never too early to prepare for opening day: UA co-offensive coordinator Calvin Magee last week spent two hours reviewing video of the Heart of Dallas Bowl — UNLV vs. North Texas — with North Texas offensive coordinator Mike Canales. UNLV is Arizona’s opening game foe, Aug. 29, and lost to North Texas 36-14 in that New Year’s Day bowl game. Canales, who was Arizona’s offensive coordinator from 2004 to 2006, was in Tucson to evaluate junior college prospects at Pima College, Eastern Arizona College and Arizona Western College. Canales and Magee coached together at South Florida. … Pima College first-team All-America power forward Raja Moreno-Ross of Tucson High School last week accepted a scholarship to play at Hawaii. … I goofed last week when I wrote that four-time Salpointe Catholic state tennis singles champion Kendra Strohm was not an elite-level college player at Texas. Just the opposite. Strohm helped the Longhorns to the NCAA finals on two occasions, periodically played No. 1 singles there, and was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year. After graduating from dental school at UNLV, Strohm returned to Austin, Texas, where she practices dentistry.

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