TUCSON - The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 8 men’s and women’s track and field teams will send a group of distance runners to Seattle, Wash. Washington’s UW Invitational will take place on Friday and Saturday at Dempsey Indoor. Friday’s running events will start at 4:30 p.m. PST. On Saturday, the track events begin at 8:30 a.m. while the field events start at 1 p.m.
Arizona will compete against Boise State, British Columbia, Butler, BYU, Cal Poly, Cal St. Fullerton, California, Central Washington, Colorado, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Hawaii, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Seattle Pacific, Seattle U., Southern Utah, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington and others.
In the USTFCCCA week one poll, Arizona’s men climbed nine spots to No. 8 in the country while the women remain unranked. The men’s poll has four additional Pac-12 schools in the top-25. Oregon is No. 3, Arizona State moved up to No. 11, Colorado is No. 14 and Stanford sits at No. 20. On the women’s side, four Pac-12 teams are in week one poll. Oregon is first, Stanford sits at the ninth spot, Washington is 18th and Arizona State is 22nd. The next poll will be released on February 4.
Senior Germe Poston will compete in Seattle along with junior Daniel Whitham. They are the only two athletes competing that are not distance runners. Poston will compete in the 200-meter dash on Friday at 4:30 p.m. She will return to the track on Saturday for the 60-meter sprint at 11:15 a.m. for the preliminary round. The final is set for 12:08 p.m. Whitham is entered in the shot put competition and is set to throw at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
On the men’s side for the distance runners, freshman Matthew Beer, sophomore Dylan Hopper, junior Sam Macaluso, freshman Travis Thorne and sophomore Sam Willis are set to compete in the mile. Junior Kenji Bierig, senior Lawi Lalang, sophomore Jonas Legernes and sophomore Thomas Valente will run the 3,000-meter race.
For the women’s distance runners, senior Meg Bellino will run the 800-meter race. Freshman Kayla Ferron and junior Kate Penney will compete in the mile. Sophomore Kayla Beattie, junior Stephanie Bulder, junior Clea Formaz, freshman Maria Larsson and senior Erin Menefee will represent Arizona in the 3K.
Senior Nick Ross was named the USTFCCCA Men’s National Athlete of the Week for his performance at the New Mexico Cherry & Silver Invitational. He cleared 7-7 (2.31m) and broke his own school record. His mark is No. 1 in the country and tied for No. 5 in the world. Ross now sits in a six-way tie for No. 10 on the all-time indoor collegiate list for the men’s high jump.
Ross and freshman Jordan Young continued their hot streak, breaking their own school records in the second week of the season. Ross cleared 7-7 (2.31m) and broke his own school record and later that night Jordan Young won the men’s weight throw with a school-record toss of 69-11.75 (21.33m). He is tied for the No. 7 mark in the country.
On the women’s side, senior Shapri Romero had an impressive weekend, she set the No. 24 time in the country in the 200-meter sprint with a time of 24.00 (altitude adjusted). She also posted a personal-best time of 53.11 (53.22 altitude), which is the third-best time in the country this year. She also anchored the 4x400-meter relay that had a season-best time of 3:40.15 (altitude adjusted), which is 15th in the U.S. Sophomore Nnenya Hailey, also had a great performance in Albuquerque. She posted a-then personal-best time of 8.32 in the 60-meter hurdles preliminary round. She returned to the track for the final and clocked a personal-best time of 8.28 (8.30 altitude adjusted), good for second place overall and No. 16 in the country. Hailey also ran the first leg of the women’s 4x400-meter relay.
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