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Track Cats Off to Tempe for ASU Invitational
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 27, 2014

Tucson, Ariz.The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 16 men’s and No. 9 women’s track and field teams will trek to Tempe this weekend for the Arizona State Invitational. The meet will take place on March 28-29 at ASU’s Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium. Competition on Friday begins at 11 a.m. MST and at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.


Arizona will compete against Arizona State (M: 22, W: 21), Adams State, Illinois (Women), Iowa, Nebraska, Manhattan, South Dakota State, Utah (Women).


The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) released the preseason rankings for the 2014 outdoor season on March 24. The men’s team is ranked 16th and the women are ranked ninth. In the men’s rankings, Oregon is fourth, UCLA is ninth, USC is 13th, Arizona State is 22nd, Stanford is 23rd and California is 24th. On the women’s side, Oregon is No. 2, USC is No. 7, UCLA is No. 13, Stanford is No. 15, Washington is No. 19 and Arizona State is No. 21.


On Friday, junior Daniel Whitham is set to throw the hammer at 1 p.m. MST. The men’s javelin competition begins at 5 p.m., the women’s competition featuring senior Amber Passalaqua and freshman Aleah Hurst will begin after the men finish, there is not an official set time.


On Saturday for the field events, freshman Aaron Castle and sophomore Harrison Ivie will compete in the discus at 9 a.m. Following that, senior Julie Labonté will compete in the women’s discus. Freshmen Savannah Whitehead and Myriah Sujansky will compete in the women’s pole vault following the completion of the men’s competition that begins at 11 a.m. In the women’s long jump at 11 a.m., Passalaqua, Hurst, freshman Lisanne Hagens and sophomore Ali Rodseth will represent Arizona. The men will also long jump at 11 a.m., including Ivie, freshman Avery Mickens and sophomore Harry Zimmerman. Sophomore Ryan Tomlinson will compete in the men’s high jump at 11 a.m. and junior Shakayla McEaddy will compete on the women’s side following completion of the men’s competition. Whitham will compete in the men’s shot put competition at 12 p.m. while Labonté, senior Omotayo Talabi, Passalaqua and Hurst will compete in the women’s competition after the men conclude. Rodseth will triple jump following the conclusion of the men’s competition that starts at 1 p.m.


On the track for the women’s team, Saturday will begin with Passalaqua and Hagens in the 100-meter hurdles at 11 a.m. In the women’s 1,500-meter race at 11:30 a.m., sophomore Kate Penney, senior Elvin Kibet, sophomore Hanna Peterson, junior Stephanie Bulder, junior Molly Callahan, senior Amanda Russell, senior Meg Bellino, freshman McKenna Gaffney, freshman Maria Larsson and senior Erin Menefee will represent Arizona.


The quartet of Mickens, junior Mohammad Alhasan, freshman John Kane and junior Branden Helms will run the 4x100-meter race at 11:55 a.m. In the women’s 4x100-meter race, UA will run senior Tamara Pridgett, senior Shapri Romero, sophomore Traci-Lynn Hicks and freshman Aaliyah Haggard upon completion of the men’s relay. Freshman Travis Thorne and sophomore Thomas Valente will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 12:05 p.m. Freshman Bryce Houston will run the men’s 400-meter race at 12:35 p.m. Following that race, freshman Jasper Gray, freshman Alex Gilbert, freshman Lizzie Smith and sophomore Nnenya Hailey will run the women’s 400 meters. In the men’s 100-meter sprint, junior Mohammad Alhasan, junior Branden Helms, Kane, Zimmerman and junior Jovon Cunningham will compete for the Wildcats at 12:50 p.m. After the conclusion of the men’s race, the women’s 100-meter race will consist of Romero, freshman Jasmin Pratt, Haggard, Hurst and freshman Rachel Johns. At 1:05 p.m., freshman Miles Parish and junior Dylan Hopper will run the 800-meter race. Following that, Kibet, senior Taylor Cole and freshman Gia Trevisan will run the 800-meter race. Junior Neil Houlihan will run the 400-meter hurdles at 1:20 p.m. and freshman Morgan Struble will run for the women’s side following that. Helms, Kane and Ivie will represent the Wildcats in the 200-meter sprint at 1:45 p.m. For the UA women, Romero, Pridgett, Hicks, Pratt, Haggard, Hurst and Johns will compete in the 200 meters. At 2:50, the quartet of Houston, Helms, Houlihan and Parish will run the 4x400-meter relay. On the women’s side, the UA will have three teams. The first team will consist of Hailey, Gray, Pridgett and Romero. Trevisan, Gilbert, Struble and Smith make up the second team. The third team will be Pratt, Cole, Bellino and Passalaqua.


Senior Lawi Lalang moved past Florida’s Jeff Demps to became the all-time leader in career Men’s The Bowerman Watch List appearances with 20 in its Post-NCAA Indoor Championships edition. It was released by the USTFCCCA on March 19.


In the Wildcats first outdoor meet of the season at the Willie Williams Classic, Julie Labonté posted a mark of 56-0 (17.07m) in the shot put, good for first place overall. She also threw 172-3 (52.50m) in the discus and took second place overall. Germe Poston won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.62. The women’s 4x100-meter relay team won with a time of 45.61 and the 4x400-meter won as well, in 3:44.60. Stephanie Bulder took first place in the 1,500-meter race with a personal-best time of 4:37.25. Elvin Kibet won the women’s 5K in 17:11.32.


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