Seattle, Wash. – The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 9 men’s and women’s track and field teams wrapped up competition at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships in Seattle. The women’s team earned a third-place finish overall with 75 points while the men took fifth place with 66 points.
California won on the men’s side with 96 points. Arizona State took second place with 93 points and earned a Territorial Cup Series point. Oregon’s 88.5 points were good for third place. UCLA tallied 75.5 points and took fourth place.
On the women’s side, USC claimed a first-place finish with 106 points. Arizona State scored 81 points and took second place, claiming another Territorial Cup Series point. Oregon finished in fourth place with 66.5 points and Stanford’s score of 63.5 was good for fifth place.
The MPSF was established in 1992 to serve the competitive needs of member institutions from the Pac-12, Big West, Mountain West, Western Athletic and West Coast Conferences and other selected universities in the western United States, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation provides Division-I competition to schools whose primary conferences do not sponsor championships in selected sports.
“Overall, I thought we had a very good competition,” head coach Fred Harvey said. “Like I told the team, it is always going to be a work-in-progress. I can find things that we absolutely need to get better at and there’s things we did a really good job on over the last two days. The biggest thing is, I thought we competed really well. In this conference, to be third on the ladies side and fifth on the men’s side, understanding what our mission was this weekend, I thought they did an excellent job. We have some things to work on but the takeaway is, we do have a very good program and we are heading in the right direction.”
Senior Alyssa Hasslen earned a first-place finish in the women’s shot put competition with a season-best toss of 56-4 (17.17m). That toss is tied for No. 5 in the country this year, excluding Saturday’s results from around the country. It is the fifth-straight year a Wildcat has won the women’s shot put competition at the MPSF Championships. Julie Labonté, a senior for outdoor track, won the last four competitions and now Hasslen takes first place in 2014. On the men’s side, freshman Aaron Castle took second place with a personal-best toss of 62-0.25 (18.90m). Freshman Jordan Young also had a personal-best toss; throwing 57-7.5 (17.56m) and taking sixth place overall.
“I felt really good today,” Hasslen said. “My goal was to throw 17 meters and clinch that spot for the NCAA Indoor Championships. I did that and I felt really good. I know there’s a lot more there and I’m really excited for the next two weeks of training. It was awesome, it was my fourth time here and today was the first time I got a first-place trophy. I was really happy, when I came in I wasn’t even thinking about taking first place but I did and it just makes it a little bit sweeter.”
Senior Nick Ross won the men’s high jump competition with a clearance of 7-3 (2.21m). The collegiate leader in the event won two MPSF Championships in his career and took second place in the other two.
Senior Shapri Romero posted a time of 53.03 in the women’s 400-meter sprint. She took second place in heat one and second place overall. That time is the third-best time in Romero’s career. Freshman Miles Parish took fifth place overall in the men’s 400-meter race with a time of 47.49. Sophomore Nnenya Hailey took third place in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.32. Due to her nearly falling in Friday’s preliminary round, she ran in the slower heat in the final. Sophomore Traci-Lynn Hicks’ time of 8.82 was good for seventh place overall. Junior Mohammad Alhasan had a time of 6.85 in the final of the men’s 60-meter dash and took sixth place overall.
Junior Pau Tonnesen earned a second-place finish overall with a score of 5,589 points. Sophomore Harrison Ivie finished in seventh place with a score of 5,194 points. In the 60-meter hurdles, Tonnesen clocked a time of 8.66, good for 823 points. Ivie tied a personal-best time of 8.80 and earned 791 points. In the pole vault competition, Tonnesen had a personal-best clearance of 16-6.75 (5.05m) and he earned 926 points. Ivie’s jump of 13-11.25 (4.25m) was good for 688 points. In the 1,000-meter race, Tonnesen had a time of 2:56.72 while Ivie ran it in 2:53.69.
In the women’s high jump competition, junior Shakayla McEaddy cleared 5-8 (1.73m) and earned a fifth-place finish overall. She tacked on four points to the women’s total. Sophomore Kate Penney took ninth place overall in the women’s mile with a time of 4:51.63.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of freshman Bryce Houston, senior Neil Houlihan, freshman Avery Mickens and Parish clocked a time of 3:14.91 and earned a ninth-place finish overall. On the women’s side, the quartet of Hailey, freshman Jasper Gray, sophomore Morgan Struble and Romero took second place with a season-best time of 3:37.21.
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