Eugene, Ore. – The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 16 men’s and No. 9 women’s track and field teams had a dual meet against the Ducks of Oregon on Saturday. The meet was held at Oregon’s Hayward Field. The scoring format for individual events was 5-3-1 and for relays 5-0. Oregon’s men won by a score of 114-47 while the women of Oregon won with a score of 114-47.
“We had something good things transpire,” head coach Fred Harvey. “But I really feel that as a team, today was a sobering moment for us. We found out that they’re really good, we’re good but we just did not come to compete. We have to be competitive in these types of situations and we just weren’t for the most part. I don’t’ want to take away from a lot of the performances that we had, we had so many personal bests but for a lot of people, the performance level was poor. I really hope we grow from here and we get better. We’re going to, it’s just who we are and what we do. But, it was a serious wake-up call for a lot of people. They are a great team but they shouldn’t have handed it to us in that capacity.”
Senior Amber Passalaqua took third place in the long jump with a mark of 18-9 (5.71m), the second-best mark of her career. Passalaqua took sixth place overall in the women’s javelin with a toss of 103-11 (31.67m), the No. 3 toss of the heptathlete’s career. Passalaqua also threw in the shot put competition and had a personal-best toss of 37-4 (11.38m). Passalaqua had a time of 14.09 (2.4 wind) in the 100-meter hurdles and took third place overall. That is the fastest all-conditions time of her career.
Senior Nick Ross won the men’s high jump competition with a clearance of 7-1.5 (2.17m). He went from a short approach on the day but was still able to get first place. Freshman Avery Mickens also high jumped and took third place overall. In his first time ever high jumping as a Wildcat, Mickens cleared 6-4 (1.93m).
Mickens won the long jump competition with a mark of 24-11.25 (7.60m, 3.4 wind). That mark is No. 7 in the country this year, excluding results from around the country. Ross also scored for the UA men, taking third place with a mark of 23-6.25 (7.17m, 2.5 wind). Ross triple jumped as well and took first place overall with a mark of 48-4.5 (14.74m, 1.3 wind). Redshirt sophomore Jovon Cunningham took second place with a jump of 45-10.5 (13.98m, 2.0 wind).
“It was kind of difficult at first,” Mickens said of doing four events in one day. “I haven’t done the high jump in so long. Then going back and forth between the high jump and long jump wasn’t too bad because I went out at such an early height in the high jump so I went straight to long jump. From long jump to the 4x100, it was weird because they told me to hurry over there but they weren’t ready, so I was ready early for no reason. (The big long jump) It felt amazing; it came out of nowhere and surprised me. I’m super happy with it and I’m hoping to go 25-0 at the next meet.”
Junior Shakayla McEaddy added points to the women’s tally, taking three points with a season-best clearance of 5-7.75 (1.72m). In the women’s triple jump, sophomore Ali Rodseth had a personal-best jump 38-2.25 (11.64m, 1.9 wind), good for second place. Freshman Savannah Whitehead took second place in the pole vault while freshman Myriah Sujansky took third place. They both cleared 11-9.75 (3.60m) on the day.
In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, sophomore Nnenya Hailey had a time of 13.46 (2.4 wind) and took second place overall. That time is No. 19 in the country this year and her fastest all-conditions time. In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, redshirt sophomore Harrison Ivie clocked a personal-best time of 15.78 (1.9 wind) for the decathlete. Passalaqua had a time of 14.09 and took third place overall. Hailey won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.53 and sophomore Morgan Struble took second at 60.58. In the men’s 100-meter dash, Alhasan had a time of 10.72 (2.4 wind) and took second place overall. Alhasan also had a time of 21.55 in the 200-meter dash, the fastest all-conditions time of his career.
In the women’s 400 meters, senior Shapri Romero took second place with a time of 53.60, the No. 9 mark in the country this year. For the men’s 400 meters, freshman Miles Parish had a time of 47.78 and took third place overall. Romero ran 24.06 (2.5 wind) in the 200-meter sprint and took second place. Senior Germe Poston had a time of 24.12 for third place.
In the men’s 4x100-meter relay, the quartet of Mickens, junior Mohammad Alhasan, freshman Bryce Houston and junior Branden Helms took first place overall with a time of 42.85. The men’s team from Oregon was disqualified for an exchange out of the zone. The women’s 4x100-meter relay did not have a scoring team; both Arizona and Oregon were disqualified.
In the men’s 1,500-meter race, senior Lawi Lalang took second place overall with a time of 3:44.79. That time is No. 7 in the country this year, excluding today’s results from around the country. Junior Sam Macaluso took second place in the 5K with a time of 14:12.93, the No. 2 time of his career.
Redshirt Junior Elvin Kibet earned a first-place finish in the women’s 5K with a time of 16:25.50. She led the race from start to finish and ran most of the race by herself. Junior Stephanie Bulder took second place overall with a personal-best time of 16:38.42.
Redshirt sophomore Thomas Valente had a personal-best time of 9:13.12 in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, good for third place. In the women’s steeplechase, junior Clea Formaz took second place with a time of 10:48.47. Senior Erin Menefee finished in third place overall with a time of 10:54.95.
In the men’s discus competition, redshirt freshman Aaron Castle took third place with a toss of 155-2 (47.29m) and added one point to the men’s total. Redshirt freshman Jordan Young finished in fourth place overall with a mark of 154-9 (47.16m). Young also threw the hammer and had a toss of 194-5 (59.25m), good for second place overall. Castle took second in men's shot put with a toss of 55-10.25 (17.02m). Junior Daniel Whitham finished in third at 52-0.5 (15.86m). Ivie threw the javelin and took second place with a personal-best toss of 181-6 (55.34m).
Senior Julie Labonté took second place in the discus with a toss of 161-6 (49.24m). She also threw in the shot put competition and had a mark of 49-9.25 (15.17m), good for third place. Labonté did a standing throw in the shot put due to hamstring issue. Senior Omotayo Talabi took second place in the shot put with a mark of 51-3 (15.62m).
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