March 13, 2013
TUCSON - The University of Arizona Wildcats men's and women's track and field program will open the 2013 outdoor season by hosting the Willie Williams Classic. On Thursday, strictly high school compeition occurs, beginnning at 3 p.m. MST. On Friday, the collegiate portion of the meet starts at 3 p.m. and the high school portion starts at 10 a.m. On Saturday, both college and high school will begin at 10 a.m. The meet will be held at Roy P. Drachman Stadium.
The Wildcats will compete against Central Arizona, Grand Canyon University, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Pima Community College, Western New Mexico and others.
On the men's side, sophomore Lezo Urreiztieta is set to run the 110-meter hurdles at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Senior Clifton Leake and freshman Bernard Dickerson-Quinn will run the 400 meters at 12:50 p.m. on Saturday. The men's 4x400-meter relay "A" team will consist of Dickerson-Quinn, Urreiztieta, junior Neil Houlihan and junior Sean Delfani. The "B" team will consist of Leake, senior Kevin Jani, sophomore Branden Helms and freshman Siraaj Ghori. That race will commence at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Senior Tyler Johnson will throw the hammer at 3 p.m. on Friday. Freshman Jonny Giess will throw the javelin at 5 p.m. on Friday. Also on Friday, Giess and freshman Ryan Tomlinson will compete in the men's high jump at 5 p.m. Sophomore Jovon Cunninghamwill compete in the men's triple jump at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
For the women, junior Germe Poston will compete in the 200-meter dash on Friday at 7:45 p.m. and the 100-meter dash at 1:50 p.m. on Saturday. Junior Tamara Pridgett is set to run the 400 meters on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Freshman Traci-Lynn Hicks will compete in the 100-meter hurdles on Saturday at 11:55 p.m. Hicks will lead off the women's 4x100-meter relay, passing the stick to junior Shapri Romero, then Pridgett and Poston will anchor. That race will occur at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday. The women's 4x400-meter relay will be split into two teams; team "A" will consist of Pridgett, Poston, Romero and sophomore Taylor Cole. The "B" team will lead off with junior Shale' Garland, then freshman Azia Walker, Hicks and junior Amber Passalaqua. That race will begin at 2:35 p.m.
Senior Taylor Freeman will compete in the hammer throw on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Juniors Julie Labonté and Omotayo Talabi are set to compete in the shot put at 6 p.m. on Friday. Freshmen Moriah Hayes and Ali Rodseth will compete in the long jump on Friday at 6 p.m. That duo is also entered in the triple jump on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Labonté and Freeman will also throw the discus at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Sophomore Shakayla McEaddy and junior Amber Passalaqua will compete in the high jump on Saturday at 1 p.m.