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Ivie Leads Decathlon After Day One
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 10, 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. The combined events are set for Thursday and Friday while 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. Day two of the combined events will begin at 10 a.m. MST.


In the pentathlon, senior Amber Passalaqua tallied 3,141 points after four events. She ended the day in third place overall. 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.


Freshman Aleah Hurst competed in the first heptathlon of her career. Due to a previously sustained injury, she did not finish the 100-meter hurdles race. However, she 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.


For the decathlon, redshirt sophomore Harrison Ivie finished the day with 3,654 points and sits in first place overall. Ivie began the day with 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.


Sophomore Harry Zimmerman completed the first events of the decathlon and then dropped out of the competition. He posted a personal-best time of 11.07 (0.8 wind) in the 100-meter dash. He long jumped 21-7.25 (6.58m).


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