Tucson, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 8 men’s and No. 23 women’s track and field teams will be split up among three meets this weekend. The distance runners will compete in the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. Senior Lawi Lalang will compete in the Wannamaker Mile at the Millrose Games in New York, N.Y. The jumpers, sprinters and throwers will compete in the Don Kirby Elite in Albuquerque, N.M. In Seattle, the running events begin at 4 p.m. PST on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. Lalang will compete on Saturday at 4:48 p.m. EST. In Albuquerque, the field events begin at 4 p.m. MST on Friday while the track events start at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, the running events begin at 10:45 a.m. while the field events will commence at 11 a.m.
In Seattle, the Wildcats will compete against Arizona State (M:14, W: 21), Arkansas (M: 1, W: 6), California, Florida (M: 2, W: 4), Georgia (M: 22, W: 5), Oklahoma State (M: 10, W: 24), Oregon (M: 3, W: 2), Stanford (M: 20, W: 9), Washington (M: NR, W: 22) and many others.
In Albuquerque, Arizona is set to compete against Arizona State, California, Colorado, Miami (Fla.), Michigan (M: NR, W: 18), Mississippi (M: 25, W: NR), New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Ohio State, Oregon, San Diego State, UCLA (M: NR, W: 13), USC and many others.
In the USTFCCCA week three poll, Arizona’s men remained at the No. 8 spot in the country while the women sit at the No. 23 spot and are ranked for the first time this year. The men’s poll has three additional Pac-12 schools in the top-25. Oregon is No. 3, Arizona State slid to No. 14 and Stanford climbed to No. 20. On the women’s side, five Pac-12 teams are in the week three poll along with Arizona. Oregon is second, Stanford slid to ninth, UCLA slid three spots to 13th, Arizona State is 21st, Washington is 22nd and Arizona is 23rd. The next poll will be released on February 18.
In Seattle, freshman Matt Beer will run the mile along with sophomore Sam Willis and junior Dylan Hopper. In the 3,000-meter race, Arizona will be represented by junior Kenji Bierig, freshman Travis Thorne, sophomore Jonas Legernes and sophomore Thomas Valente. Bierig and Valente will also compete in the men’s 5K.
On the women’s side, Arizona will be represented by junior Stephanie Bulder, junior Clea Formaz and freshman Kayla Ferron in the mile. In the 3K, Arizona will run sophomore Kayla Beattie and senior Erin Menefee. In the 5K, Beattie, Bulder and Formaz will run for the Wildcats.
In Albuquerque for the men on Friday, freshman Avery Mickens will long jump at 4:30 p.m. Freshman Jordan Young will compete in the weight throw competition at 7 p.m. In the 600-meter race at 5:30 p.m., Arizona will run freshman Miles Parish, freshman Bryce Houston and junior Neil Houlihan. Junior Mohammad Alhasan and freshman John Kane will compete in the 200-meter sprint at 5:50 p.m.
On Saturday for the men’s side, junior Jovon Cunningham will triple jump at 11 a.m. Young, freshman Aaron Castle and junior Daniel Whitham will represent Arizona in the men’s shot put at 2 p.m. On the track, senior Darien McKinley will compete in the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles at 10:45 a.m. Sophomore Harry Zimmerman, Alhasan and Kane will run the 60-meter dash at 11:30 a.m. Parish, Houston and Houlihan will run the 400-meter race at 12:30 p.m. In the men’s 4x400-meter relay at 2:30 p.m., Arizona will run Houston, Parish, Mickens and Houlihan.
For the women’s side on Friday, freshman Aleah Hurst and sophomore Ali Rodseth will long jump at 4:30 p.m. Junior Shakayla McEaddy and freshman Lisanne Hagens will high jump at 6:30 p.m. Senior Taylor Cole, sophomore Morgan Struble, freshman Lizzie Smith and freshman Jasper Gray will compete in the 600-meter race at 5:40 p.m. In the women’s 200-meter sprint, Arizona will run freshman Alex Gilbert, sophomore Traci-Lynn Hicks, senior Germe Poston, senior Tamara Pridgett, sophomore Nnenya Hailey and senior Shapri Romero.
On Saturday, senior Alyssa Hasslen and junior Baillie Gibson will compete in the shot put at 11 a.m. Rodseth will triple jump at 11 a.m. Hailey, Struble and Hicks will compete in the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles at 11:20 a.m. Poston and Romero will compete in the 60-meter dash preliminaries at 11:40 a.m. Gilbert, Gray, Pridgett, Smith and Struble will run the 400-meter race at 12:50 p.m. Cole and senior Meg Bellino will compete in the 800-meter run at 2:15 p.m. The quartet of Hailey, Gray, Pridgett and Romero will run the women’s 4x400-meter relay at 2:40 p.m.
Lalang will be competing at the Millrose Games for the third-straight year. He has been incredibly successful at The Armory, in 2012, his sophomore year, Lalang set the collegiate record in the 5K, posting a time of 13:08.28. In 2013, Lalang also competed in the Wannamaker Mile and set a school record with his time of 3:54.56. That time is also the No. 3 time in collegiate history for the event. This race will be Lalang’s first mile of the season. He already holds the No. 1 time in the country for the men’s 3K at 7:44.20.
Lalang will be joined at the Millrose Games by two volunteer assistant coaches for the Wildcats. Bernard Lagat, arguably the most successful distance runner in American history, will compete in the 2,000-meter race on Saturday at 3:56 p.m. EST. Lagat has also run at the Millrose Games for the last two years and he set American records on both occasions. In 2012, he competed in the same 5K race that Lalang ran in, he beat Lalang and set the American record in a time of 13:07.15. In 2013, Lagat ran the two-mile race and clocked a time of 8:09.49.
Former Wildcat and 2013 graduate Georganne Moline will compete in the 300-meter race (elite section) on Saturday at 4:17 p.m. EST. Moline, running for Nike, will be making her 2014 season debut. She also ran at the 2013 Millrose Games and earned a third-place finish in the 400-meter race with a time of 53.23.
The Wildcats have two men named to the 2014 The Bowerman Watch List. The latest update for the list came on February 5. Lawi Lalang returns as a finalist from the 2013 The Bowerman as the active leader in Watch List appearances with 18, just one appearance behind the all-time leader, Jeff Demps (Florida). Nick Ross moved up from the “Also Receiving Mentions” portion of the list to join Lalang among the top 10. The award is given to collegiate track and field’s most outstanding male and female athletes of the year.
The Wildcats won five events at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City. Senior Shapri Romero’s time of 52.82 was good for first place in the 400 meters and the No. 5 time in the country. Sophomore Nnenya Hailey won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.21, the No. 11 time in the country. Junior Shakayla McEaddy took first place in the high jump with a clearance of 5-10 (1.78m), the No. 23 mark in the country. Freshman Miles Parish won the men’s 400-meter race with a time of 47.23 and Nick Ross won the men’s high jump, clearing 7-5 (2.26m).
For Sam Macaluso and Amber Passalaqua, the Armory Collegiate Invitational was a homecoming of sorts. Passalaqua is from Pine Bush, N.Y. while Macaluso is from West Windsor, N.J. Both student-athletes transferred to Arizona from Syracuse University. They had the opportunity to compete in front of their family and friends for the first time in quite awhile and both of them had personal-best performances. Passalaqua long jumped 19-2.75 (5.86m) and earned a fourth-place finish overall. She also clocked the No. 2 time of her career in the 60-meter hurdles, 8.92. Macaluso competed in the 3,000-meter race and posted a time of 8:05.57, good for fifth place overall.
A total of eighteen events will be held during the NYRR Millrose Games' prime-time window on NBC Sports Network. Among those included are both the men's and women's NYRR Wanamaker Mile. The broadcast time is set for 3-5 EST on NBCSN, so all the athletes with ties to Arizona will be broadcast.
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