TUCSON - The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 17 men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete at the New Mexico Cherry & Silver Invitational. The meet will take place on Friday and Saturday at New Mexico’s Albuquerque Convention Center. Friday’s running events will start at 4:50 p.m. MST and the field events are set to commence at 4 p.m. On Saturday, the track events begin at 10:45 a.m. while the field events start at 10 a.m.
Arizona will compete against Adams State, Arkansas (M: 1, W: 7), Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Fullerton, California, Clemson, UConn, Eastern New Mexico, Florida A&M, Florida State (M: 7, W: 19), Georgia, Houston, Incarnate Word, New Mexico, New Mexico JC, New Mexico State, New Mexico Military Institute, Portland State, San Diego State, South Carolina, Stanford (M: 20, W: 9), Texas (M: 15, W: 1), UC-Colorado Springs, USC, Utah, Utah State, UTEP (M: 22, W: NR), Wayland Baptist and West Texas A&M.
In the USTFCCCA preseason poll, Arizona’s men sit at No. 17 while the women are not ranked. The men’s poll has four additional Pac-12 schools in the top-25. Oregon is No. 3, Colorado sits at No. 14, Stanford is No. 20 and Arizona State holds the No. 21 spot. On the women’s side, four Pac-12 teams cracked the preseason poll. Oregon is fourth, Stanford sits at the ninth spot, Washington is 20th and Arizona State is 23rd. The next poll will be released on January 28.
On Friday on the women’s side, junior Baillie Gibson will compete in the women’s weight throw at 4 p.m. Freshman Aleah Hurst and sophomore Ali Rodseth will long jump at 6:30 p.m. Freshman Lisanne Hagens and junior Shakayla McEaddy are set to high jump at 7:30 p.m. Freshmen Jasper Gray and Lizzie Smith will run in the unseeded 400-meter race at 5:10 p.m. Sophomore Morgan Struble will run 600 meters at 5:40 p.m. In the women’s 200-meter dash, senior Shapri Romero, senior Germe Poston, senior Tamara Pridgett, Gray, Smith, and sophomore Traci-Lynn Hicks are competing for Arizona.
For the women’s team on Saturday, Gibson and senior Alyssa Hasslen will compete in the shot put at 10 a.m. Freshmen Savannah Whitehead and Myriah Sujansky are set to pole vault at 11 a.m. Rodseth will return to action and triple jump at 1 p.m. In the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles, Arizona will run sophomore Nnenya Hailey, Hicks and Struble at 11:20 a.m. Poston will run in the 60-meter dash preliminaries at 11:45 a.m. Sophomore Kayla Beattie will make her season debut in the mile at 12:20 p.m. Romero, Hailey and Pridgett are set to run in the 400-meter sprint at 1:35 p.m. In the women’s 800 meters, senior Meg Bellino, junior Kate Penney, freshman Kayla Ferron and senior Taylor Cole will run for Arizona. The quartet of Hailey, Pridgett, Gray and Romero will run the 4x400-meter relay at 3:10 p.m.
On the men’s side for Friday, senior Nick Ross and sophomore Jonny Giess will high jump at 5:30 p.m. Freshman Avery Mickens will long jump at 6:30 p.m. Freshman Jordan Young is set to compete in the weight throw at 7 p.m. Freshman Bryce Houston, freshman Charles Hodges and junior Neil Houlihan will compete in the unseeded section of the 400-meter race at 4:50 p.m. Houlihan and freshman Miles Parish will run the 600-meter race at 5:30 p.m. In the 200-meter dash, Arizona has entered junior Mohammad Alhasan, Houston and Hodges and they will run at 6:20 p.m.
On Saturday, junior Jovon Cunningham will triple jump at 1 p.m. Young and freshman Aaron Castle will compete in the shot put at 1:30 p.m. Senior Darien McKinley is set to run in the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles at 10:45 a.m. Alhasan will return to the track for the preliminary round of the 60-meter dash at 11:35 a.m. Senior Lawi Lalang is making his season debut in the mile at noon. Parish will run the seeded 400-meter sprint at 1:25 p.m. The men’s 4x400-meter relay team will include Houston, Parish, Hodges and Houlihan. That quartet will run at 2:55 p.m.
Senior Amber Passalaqua will compete in the pentathlon on Friday. The 60-meter hurdles are set for 10:30 a.m. The high jump is scheduled to begin at 11:05 a.m. The shot put is set to begin at 12:50 p.m. and the long jump will start at 1:50 p.m. The time of the 800-meter race has yet to be determined.
Sophomore Harrison Ivie and junior Pau Tonnesen are entered in the heptathlon. On Friday, they will run the 60-meter dash at 10:15 a.m. The long jump will commence at 10:50 a.m. Shot put is set to begin at 11:50 a.m. and the high jump will start at 12:50 p.m. For Saturday, the 60-meter hurdles begin at 7:15 a.m. The pole vault is set to start at 8 a.m. and the 1,000-meter race is scheduled for 10 a.m.
The Wildcats opened the indoor season on Friday, Jan. 17 in Flagstaff, Ariz. Two school records were broken on that night in J.L. Walkup Skydome. Senior Nick Ross was the first one to etch his name in the record books, clearing 7-6.5 (2.30m) in the high jump, good for a first-place finish and a personal best. Ross cleared 7-5.25 (2.27m) to initially break UA alumnus Edgar Rivera-Morales’ record of 7-5 (2.26m) that was set on March 9, 2013 in Fayetteville, Ark. He then followed up that clearance with his jump of 7-6.5. Redshirt freshman Jordan Young set his record late on Friday night; the weight throw competition didn’t begin until after 10 p.m. The late start did not faze Young; he posted a mark of 69-2 (21.10m), good for first place. The previous record was set in 1995 by David Loshonkohl who threw 68-10 (20.98m). Overall, the Wildcats won eight events for the meet.
For complete results from the meet and continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat men’s and women’s track and field, visit ArizonaWildcats.com and follow @ArizonaTrack on Twitter. Live results will be available at LiveRunningResults.com.