Eugene, Ore. – The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 12 men’s and No. 23 women’s track and field teams completed the first of four days of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The University of Oregon’s Historic Hayward Field is host site. Three Wildcats competed on Wednesday and while they all earned NCAA Outdoor All-America honors, none of them advanced to the finals of their respective events.
In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Nnenya Hailey finished in the dreaded ninth-place position. She clocked a time of 57.40 that was good for third place in heat three and ninth overall. Only eight student-athletes advance to the final. Hailey earned second-team NCAA Outdoor All-America honors for the first time in her career. Hailey earned second-team NCAA Indoor All-America accolades in the women’s 60-meter hurdles. It is the third-straight year the Wildcats have had an All-American in the women’s 400-meter hurdles.
Senior Shapri Romero clocked a time of 52.43 in the semifinal round of the women’s 400 meters. That time was good for fifth place in heat two and 11th place overall. She did not advance to the final. Romero claimed second-team NCAA Outdoor All-America honors for the first time in her career as an individual. She also earned second-team NCAA Indoor All-America accolades this year in the 400-meter race. Romero is the first Wildcat to earn All-America honors in the women’s 400 meters since Carolyn Jackson took ninth place in the event in 1999.
In the men’s shot put competition, redshirt freshman Aaron Castle had a toss of 57-4.75 (17.49m) and finished 22nd place overall, good for honorable mention NCAA Outdoor All-America accolades. Castle is the third Wildcat in program history to earn NCAA Outdoor All-America honors as a freshman.
On Thursday, the Wildcats will be represented by freshman Jordan Young in the men’s hammer throw at 1:30 p.m. MST. Romero will run the 200-meter sprint semifinal at 4:15 p.m. Senior Lawi Lalang will run the semifinal of the men’s 1,500-meter race at 4:30 p.m. MST. Lastly, redshirt junior Elvin Kibet will compete in the women’s 10K final at 7:15 p.m. MST.
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