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Passalaqua and Ivie Post Personal-Best Scores
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 11, 2014

Tucson, Ariz.The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 17 men’s and No. 11 women’s track and field teams are host to the Jim Click Combined Events and Jim Click Shootout this weekend. Roy P. Drachman Stadium is where the meet is being held. Friday marked the end of the combined events. The main portion of the meet will take place on Saturday. Saturday’s meet will be scored using championship scoring (10-8-6-4-2-1). If any team has athletes that compete in the combined events, they will be scored and factored into the final score of the competition. Admission for Saturday’s competition is $8 adult/$5 senior, youth & UA student when purchased in advance; $10 adult/$7 senior, youth & UA student day-of-event and the meet program costs $5.


Senior Amber Passalaqua finished the heptathlon with a personal-best score of 5,235 points, good for third place. She began the day with the long jump and posted the second-best mark of her career, 19-0 (5.79m, 1.2 wind). That mark was good for 786 points overall. She had a personal-best toss of 109-2 (33.28m) in the javelin, scoring 539 points. Passalaqua ran the 800-meter race in 2:24.10, scoring 769 points. Passalaqua was the top finisher among collegiate athletes so she will add 10 points to the women’s total on Saturday.


“Overall, I think I did really well,” Passalaqua said. “It’s hard with multis, you have so many different events that you have to focus on so if one doesn’t go so well, you need to be able regroup and move on to the next one. I had one bad event which was my high jump (mark) but other than that I really persevered in everything else. I still feel like I have a lot left in every event so I need to up my score and get ready for a mark that can get me to the NCAA Championships. I really think I need to improve my mental confidence. In practice, I’m hitting my personal bests and then when I get to a meet I’m a little nervous. I really need to move passed that barrier and be able to compete at the best level I possibly can.”


Freshman Aleah Hurst finished the heptathlon with 4,840 points, good for ninth place. She long jumped 18-4.5 (5.60m, 1.8 wind), a personal-best mark. Hurst threw 82-3 (25.07m) in the javelin and scored 384 points. Hurst had a time of 2:53.66 in the 800-meter race. Hurst added eight points to the women’s team total for Saturday’s competition.


Redshirt sophomore Harrison Ivie scored 6,895 points in the decathlon, good for second place overall. His personal-best score is the No. 21 mark in the country this year. He started the day with a personal-best time of 15.55 (0.9 wind) in the 110-meter hurdles. That time was good for 784 points. He threw the discus 120-3 (36.65m), tallying 597 points. Harrison Ivie had a personal-best clearance of 14-5.25 (4.40m) in the pole vault, good for 731 points.


On Thursday, Passalaqua began the day with a time of 14.26 (0.0 wind) in the 100-meter hurdles, good for 942 points. That is the fastest wind-legal time of her career. Passalaqua cleared 5-3.35 (1.61m) in the high jump competition, good for 747 points. In the shot put, Passalaqua posted a personal-best mark of 37-6 (11.43m), tallying 623 points. In the 200-meter sprint, she clocked a time of 25.64 (1.7 wind) and scored 829 points.


On Thursday, Hurst cleared 5-4.5 (1.64m) in the high jump and scored 783 points. It was the first time she has ever high jumped in a track and field meet. Hurst had a personal-best toss of 33-3.25 (10.14m) and scored 539 points. She ran the 200-meter sprint in 26.73 (1.7 wind) and scored 734 points. She finished day one with 2,056 points after only completing three events.


On Thursday, Ivie had a personal-best time of 11.22 (0.8 wind) in the 100-meter dash, good for 812 points. He long jumped 22-0.75 (6.72m, 0.0 wind) and scored 748 points with his personal-best mark. In the shot put, Ivie threw 40-8.75 (12.41m) and tallied 631 points. Ivie cleared 6-4 (1.93m) in the high jump, a personal-best clearance that was good for 740 points. Ivie finished the day with a personal-best time of 52.02 in the 400-meter race, tallying 723 points.


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