Sports shorts: UA's Barrett jumps to collegiate record

2013-05-12T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: UA's Barrett jumps to collegiate recordStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Arizona senior Brigetta Barrett broke the collegiate record in the women's high jump, leaping 6 feet 6 1/4 inches Saturday to help give the Wildcats the lead at the Pac-12 track and field championships in Los Angeles.

Barrett eclipsed the previous NCAA mark of 6-6, set by UCLA's Amy Acuff in 1995 and SMU's Kajsa Bergqvist in 2009. UA has 60 points, followed by ASU (45) and UCLA (33), going into today's final events at USC.

On the men's side, Lawi Lalang won his first 10,000 meters on a track in 28 minutes 14.63 seconds, the third-best time in UA history and No. 2 in the nation this year. UA (12) is eighth, and UCLA (53.50) leads Oregon (49.50).

Jen Bergman won the women's 10,000 in 34:17.09, UA's first title in that event since 1999, and Stephanie Bulder (36:07) was fifth. The Wildcats' Julie Labonté won her third conference title in the shot put (57-0 1/4); teammate Alyssa Hasslen (55-9 3/4) was second.

• In women's golf, Kendall Prince shot a season-best 69 Saturday as Arizona tied for sixth at the NCAA West Regional to advance to the NCAA championships May 21-24 in Atlanta. The Cats (889) finished 30 strokes behind winner USC. UA's Janie Jackson tied for 18th, Patricia Garcia tied for 39th and Prince tied for 55th. USC's Annie Park and Purdue's Paula Reto shared the individual title.

• Arizona Wildcat rugby player Brett Thompson scored a try as the U.S. beat South Africa in the London Sevens on Saturday. It was the first U.S. win over the Springboks.

Auto racing

Kenseth wins at Darlington; Hamlin 2nd

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Matt Kenseth passed his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch with 13 laps to go to win his first Southern 500 on Saturday night.

Busch had a strong car and led for 265 of the 367 laps at Darlington Raceway before fading to sixth at the end.

"This to me feels bigger than probably any win in my career," said Kenseth, who has 27 career Sprint Cup wins.

Denny Hamlin was second, completing his first full NASCAR race since suffering a compression fracture in a vertebra in his lower back on March 24. Jeff Gordon wound up third in his 700th straight career start. Points leader Jimmie Johnson was fourth and Kevin Harvick fifth.

• In Formula One, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will start today's Spanish Grand Prix 1-2.

PGA Tour

Lingmerth takes lead as Tiger, Sergio feud

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - A rift between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia attracted attention on a stormy day at Sawgrass, but Swedish rookie David Lingmerth quietly took the lead Saturday in The Players Championship.

Lingmerth made an 8-foot eagle putt No. 16 and a 10-foot birdie on No. 17 to reach 12-under par when the third round was suspended for darkness. Woods, Garcia and Henrik Stenson were two shots behind. Eight players had to return early today to finish play before the final round.

Garcia complained about cheers for Woods on the par-5 second hole. Garcia was hitting his second shot from the fairway when Woods, who was in the trees, pulled a risky fairway metal from his bag to ignite the crowd. Woods made birdie to take the lead from Garcia, who had a bogey.

"The marshals, they told me he already hit," said Woods, who already has a frosty relationship with Garcia.

MISCELLANEOUS

Serena, Sharapova to face off for top ranking

MADRID - Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will meet today for the No. 1 ranking and the women's title at the Madrid Open after winning semifinals in straight sets.

Top-ranked Williams beat Sara Errani of Italy 7-5, 6-2. No. 2 Sharapova defeated Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-3. Rafael Nadal reached his seventh straight men's final since returning from a knee injury, beating Pablo Andujar 6-0, 6-4. Nadal will face Stanislas Wawrinka in today's final.

• Jack Butler, who helped revolutionize the way cornerbacks played in the NFL during his Hall of Fame career with the Steelers, died Saturday after a battle with a staph infection. He was 85. ... George Sauer, who caught eight passes from Joe Namath in the Jets' Super Bowl win over Baltimore in 1969, died from Alzheimer's disease. He was 69. His 4,965 receiving yards rank sixth on the Jets' career list.

• In soccer, Ben Watson's header off Shaun Maloney's corner kick in the 90th minute helped Wigan win the FA Cup for the first time in its 81-year history, upsetting big-spending Manchester City 1-0 on Saturday in London.

• In cycling, Alex Dowsett won the individual time trial in the eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday after favorite Bradley Wiggins was slowed by a puncture and only managed second. Vincenzo Nibali took the overall lead.

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