Seattle, Wash. – The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 8 men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded competition at the UW Invitational in Seattle on Saturday. The meet was held at the University of Washington’s Dempsey Indoor Track. The Wildcats sent a group of distance runners along with a sprinter and thrower.
Senior Lawi Lalang won the men’s 3,000-meter race invitational section with a time of 7:44.20. That time is a meet record and is also No. 1 in the country this year. The No. 2 time in the country this year is 7:51.48 (altitude adjusted). In Saturday’s race, the second-place finisher clocked a time of 7:59.11. Lalang is the defending NCAA Champion in the event and it is the second-fastest 3K in his career. His personal-best time of 7:42.79 is also the school record.
Junior Kenji Bierig also ran in the 3K invitational section, he clocked a time of 8:22.10 and earned a 22nd-place finish overall. Sophomore Jonas Legernes’ time of 8:27.30 was good for 26th place overall.
In the women’s 3K invitational, freshman Maria Larsson earned a 12th-place finish with a time of 9:23.21 in her Arizona debut on the track. Junior Stephanie Bulder clocked a personal-best time of 9:36.86. Bulder’s previous personal best was 9:43.49. Bulder took 16th place overall in the 3,000-meter race.
Senior Meg Bellino clocked a time of 2:10.86 in the 800-meter run, good for 12th place in the invitational section. In the women’s mile invitational section, junior Kate Penney clocked a time of 4:52.92 and earned an 18th-place finish overall. Freshman Kayla Ferron’s time of 5:02.90 was good for 25th place. On the men’s side, junior Sam Macaluso clocked a personal best, running the mile in 4:05.50 and taking 13th place. Freshman Matthew Beer’s time of 4:14.37 earned him a 21st-place finish. In the open 800-meter run, senior Taylor Cole clocked a personal-best time of 2:19.92, good for 21st place.
Senior Germe Poston ran in the 200-meter dash on Friday night and she clocked a time of 24.93, good for third place overall. On Saturday, Poston clocked a time of 7.64 in the preliminary round of the 60-meter dash. That time was fifth overall and qualified Poston for the final. Poston took seventh place in the final with a time of 7.66. Junior Daniel Whitham had a toss of 48-9.5 (14.87m), earning a 17th-place finish.
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