LONDON -- Arizona senior Brigetta Barrett won the silver medal Saturday in the women's high jump, finishing with a personal-best clearance of 6 feet, 8 inches. She became the first UA track and field athlete to medal at the Olympics since Michael Bates and Sandra Farmer in 1992.
Barrett's jump in the finals was the best ever by a collegiate female in the high jump. The previous mark was also held by Barrett, as she cleared 6-7 at the U.S. Olympic trials on July 1. Since she did not post the mark during the collegiate season, it does not count as the collegiate record. Barrett is the only Arizona athlete to ever medal in the womens high jump.
UA volunteer assistant coach Bernard Lagat also competed Saturday in the finals of the men's 5,000 meters but missed out on a medal by finishing in fourth place, just 0.63 seconds off the bronze-medal time. Lagat tripped and lost his balance around the last turn, taking away most of his momentum, but still managed to finish strong, clocking a time of 13:42.99.