Arizona senior Brigetta Barrett adds to her collection of NCAA high jump titlesby Anthony Gimino on Mar. 08, 2013, under Sports
Arizona Wildcats senior Brigetta Barrett became the first woman in NCAA history to win three consecutive indoor high jump titles Friday, although she fell short of a bid for a collegiate record.
Barrett won the competition in Fayetteville, Ark., with a jump of 6 feet, 4 3/4 inches. She then set the bar at 6-6 1/4 — a quarter of an inch above the college record — but failed in three attempts.
She’ll make another run at that mark during the outdoor track and field season.
“Three in a row, I’ve had a great collegiate career,” Barrett said in a UA press release.
“I’ve had the best college experience, in general, that I could have ever asked for. To win three, it definitely means a lot because I didn’t realize how many people I inspire or how many people are watching me.
“To let them know that anything is possible … to be a living example of that is a great thing. I wanted it (the collegiate record) bad but God has a plan for me, it just gives me more fuel for outdoors.”
Barrett has won two consecutive outdoor titles, giving her five NCAA championships in a row. And then there is the silver medal she won for the United States last summer, when she jumped 6-8, the best mark ever for a college athlete (although it doesn’t count toward the NCAA record).
Senior Georganne Moline set a school record and a personal best in the 400 meters, qualifying for the Saturday final with a time of 52.21 seconds. Junior Lawi Lalang had the fastest time in the preliminary rounds of the mile (3:58.52); the final is Saturday.