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Blue Team Wins for Second-Straight Year
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/14/2013
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Nnenya Hailey
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics

TUCSON– The University of Arizona Wildcat men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted the annual Winter All-Comers Meet on Saturday at Roy P. Drachman Stadium. The entire track and field program was split up into three teams, red, white and blue. The blue team successfully defended their title, totaling 203 points (men and women combined), red had 199 points and the white team tallied 164.

On the blue team, junior Mohammad Alhasan won the 60-meter dash and 150-meter dash on Saturday, clocking times of 6.82 and 15.93, respectively. Senior Germe Poston won with a time of 7.60 in the 60-meter dash. The women’s 4x300-meter relay team of freshman Jasper Gray, Poston, freshman Lizzie Smith and freshman Aaliyah Haggard took second place with a time of 2:42.44. Freshman Savannah Whitehead won the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 11-6 (3.50m). Junior Baillie Gibson took second place in the shot put with a toss of 45-2.5 (13.78m). Gibson’s mark of 127-8 (38.91m) in the discus was good for second place. She also threw the hammer and had the top mark for Arizona competitors, throwing 185-4 (56.49m). Senior Lawi Lalang won the 1,000-meter race with a time of 2:25.42 and he won the 3K with a time of 8:26.16. Junior Sam Macaluso finished the 3K in second place with a time of 8:36.94. Senior Steven Scarvelis won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.34. Redshirt freshman Aaron Castle took first place in the shot put with a toss of 53-0 (16.15m). Sophomore Jonny Giess won the javelin competition with a mark of 172-11 (52.70m). He also took third place in the high jump with a mark of 6-6.75 (2.00m).

For the red team, senior Shapri Romero won the 150-meter dash and 600-meter run with times of 17.89 and 1:33.94, respectively. Sophomore Nnenya Hailey earned first-place finishes in 60-meter hurdles and 250-meter hurdles, clocking times of 8.41 and 34.87, respectively. The quartet of Hailey, senior Tamara Pridgett, freshman Alex Gilbert and senior Shapri Romero won the women’s 4x300-meter relay with a time of 2:36.78. Freshman Lisanne Hagens won the women’s high jump with a clearance of 5-7 (1.70m). Senior Amber Passalaqua earned a second-place finish in the high jump and a first-place finish in the long jump. She cleared 5-5 (1.65m) in the high jump and jumped 18-4 (5.59m). Senior Julie Labonté won the shot put and the discus with marks of 47-7.25 (14.51m) and 169-5 (51.65m), respectively. Labonté also won the javelin with a toss of 111-6 (34.00m). Senior Nick Ross won the men’s high jump with a clearance of 7-2.5 (2.20m). Ross also won the long jump with a mark of 23-1.75 (7.05m). Freshman Avery Mickeys finished in second place with a jump of 23-1.25 (7.04m). Redshirt sophomore Harrison Ivie won the men’s pole vault with a clearance of 14-6 (4.41m).

Senior Meg Bellino was the top Wildcat to finish the women’s 1K, clocking a time of 2:58.31. Junior Stephanie Bulder won the women’s 3K with a time of 10:37.32. Sophomore Traci-Lynn Hicks’ time of 8.49 in the 60-meter hurdles was good for second place. Freshman Aleah Hurst scored for the white team in the 60-meter dash (8.19, sixth place), 60-meter hurdles (9.57 fifth place) and long jump (16-10/5.13m). Senior Omotayo Talabi added to the white team’s tally for her work in the shot put (43-10.5/13.37m), discus, hammer and javelin. Freshman Bryce Houston won the 300-meter dash with a time of 34.99. Freshman Miles Parish took first place in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:19.16. Freshman Collins Kibet’s time of 2:26.06 in the 1K was good for second place. The quartet of Houston, Parish, junior Branden Helms and sophomore Bernard Dickerson-Quinn won the 4x300-meter relay with a time of 2:21.04. Redshirt freshman Jordan Young took second place in the shot put with a toss of 51-3.5 (15.63m). Young’s mark of 168-1 (51.23m) in the discus was good for first place. He also won the hammer with a toss of 207-0 (63.09m).

“I was very please and very excited for all the athletes on the team,” head coach Fred Harvey said. “It was far and away the most competitive red-white-blue meet we’ve ever had. The most pleasing thing was watching the level of competition that we had with each of the athletes in their event areas. We’re excited, we’re going in the right direction and looking forward to having a great Christmas break and get ready for the indoor season.” 

For continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat men’s and women’s track and field, visit ArizonaWildcats.com and follow @ArizonaTrack on Twitter and Instagram.

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