New York, N.Y. – The Event: The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 8 men’s and women’s track and field teams will be split up among two meets this weekend. A portion of the Wildcats will be competing at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York, N.Y. The other group of Wildcats will compete in the Mountain T’s Invitational in Flagstaff, Ariz. On Friday in New York, the field events begin at 9:30 a.m. EST while the running begins at 1:10 p.m. Saturday’s field events are set to start at 8:45 a.m. while the track events will start at 11 a.m. In Flagstaff, the Wildcats will have two men competing in the heptathlon; it is set to start on Friday at 9:20 a.m. MST. The field events for the main portion of the meet start at 4 p.m. on Friday. The running events are set to begin at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the heptathlon will start at 8 a.m. The field events will begin at 10 a.m. while the running events start at 10:30 a.m.
The Field: In New York, Arizona will compete against Alabama (M: 10, W: NR), Arkansas (M: 1, W: 6), Clemson, Kansas (M: NR, W: 11), Mississippi (M: 21, W: NR), Mississippi State (M: 15, W: 17), Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina (M: NR, W: 15), Syracuse, Wisconsin (M:5, W: NR) and many others.
In the USTFCCCA week two poll, Arizona’s men remained at the No. 8 spot in the country while the women are still unranked. The men’s poll has three additional Pac-12 schools in the top-25. Oregon is No. 3, Arizona State slid to No. 12 and Stanford climbed to No. 17. On the women’s side, five Pac-12 teams are in the week two poll. Oregon is first, Stanford climbed to the seventh spot, UCLA was previously unranked and is now 10th, Washington is 19th and Arizona State is 22nd. The next poll will be released on February 11.
On Friday for the women’s side in New York, senior Alyssa Hasslen and junior Baillie Gibson will start the day for the Wildcats. The duo will compete in the championship section of the shot put at 9:30 a.m. EST. Senior pentathlete Amber Passalaqua will compete in the college section of the women’s long jump at 9:35 a.m. Junior Shakayla McEaddy is entered in the college section of the women’s high jump, set to start at 1:25 p.m. Freshman Aleah Hurst is set to compete in the championship section of the long jump at 4 p.m.
On the track for the women, senior Shapri Romero, senior Tamara Pridgett and freshman Jasper Gray will run in the preliminary round of the championship section 400-meter sprint. That race is set to start at 3:45 p.m. Sophomore Nnenya Hailey, sophomore Traci-Lynn Hicks and Passalaqua will compete in the preliminary round of the championship section 60-meter hurdles at 5:55 p.m. Should they advance, the final will take place at 7:15 p.m. At 6 p.m., senior Germe Poston will compete in the preliminary round of championship section 60-meter dash. If Poston advances, the final is set for 7:32 p.m. The quartet of junior Kate Penney (1,200 meters), Pridgett (400 meters), senior Meg Bellino (800 meters) and freshman Maria Larsson (1,600 meters) will run the women’s distance medley relay(championship section) at 6:35 p.m.
On Saturday, Poston and Gray will be the first women competing for the Wildcats. The duo will run in the preliminary round of the championship section 200-meter sprint at 11 a.m. Should they advance, they will return to the track for the final at 2:46 p.m. Larsson will run in the championship section 3K at 2:54 p.m. At 5:06 p.m., Penney will compete in the championship section of the women’s mile. The quartet of Hailey, Gray, Pridgett and Romero will run the 4x400-meter relay at 5:32 p.m.
For the men’s team on Friday, freshman Avery Mickens will lead off the day by competing in the long jump (college section) at 9:40 a.m. Freshmen Aaron Castle and Jordan Young are set to compete in the championship section of the shot put at 2:15 p.m. Senior Nick Ross is entered in the championship section of the long jump and it will start at 4:05 p.m. Freshman Miles Parish will run in the preliminary round (championship section) of the 400-meter sprint at 4:05 p.m. Junior Mohammad Alhasan is set to run at 5:36 p.m. in the preliminary round (championship section) of the 60-meter dash. Should he advance, the final is slated to begin at 7:35 p.m.
On Saturday, Young will begin the day with the weight throw competition (championship section) at 1 p.m. Junior Jovon Cunningham will triple jump in the championship section at 2:30 p.m. At 3:15 p.m., Ross is set to compete in the championship section of the high jump. Alhasan will return to the track for the 200-meter sprint preliminaries (championship section) at 11:55 a.m. The final for the 60 meters is at 3:08 p.m., should Alhasan advance. Junior Sam Macaluso will run the championship section 3K at 1:55 p.m.
In Flagstaff on Friday, junior Pau Tonnesen and sophomore Harrison Ivie will compete in the men’s heptathlon starting at 9:20 a.m. MST. Sophomore Dillon Manzanares will compete in the men’s pole vault at 4 p.m. Sophomore Ali Rodseth will triple jump at 4 p.m. and freshmen Audrey Muir and Lisanne Hagens will high jump at that time as well. Junior Ryan Tomlinson will compete in the men’s high jump following the completion of the women’s high jump. On the track, freshmen James Berkley, Charles Hodges, Bryce Houston and John Kane will compete in the 200-meter dash at 5 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., freshmen Alex Gilbert, Jasmin Pratt and Lizzie Smith will run in the women’s 200-meter sprint.
On Saturday, the men’s heptathlon for Tonnesen and Ivie will resume at 8 a.m. Freshmen Savannah Whitehead and Myriah Sujansky will pole vault at 12 p.m. Junior Daniel Whitham and senior Steven Scarvelis will shot put at 10 a.m. Rodseth and sophomore Harry Zimmerman will long jump at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. Berkley, Kane and Zimmerman will also compete in the 60-meter dash at 11 a.m. Pratt will run in the women’s 60-meter dash at 11:15 a.m. Senior Darien McKinley is set to run the 60-meter hurdles at 11:25 a.m. and sophomore Morgan Struble will run the 60-meter hurdles on the women’s side at 11:35 a.m. Senior Taylor Cole will run the 800-meter race at 12 p.m. Junior Branden Helms, senior Neil Houlihan, Hodges and Houston will all represent Arizona in the 400-meter run at 12:25 p.m. For the women’s 400 meters at 12:45 p.m., Arizona will run Gilbert, Smith and Struble. At 1:50 p.m., the quartet of Houston, Helms, Hodges and Houlihan will run the men’s 4x400-meter relay. The women will run Smith, Gilbert, Struble and Cole at 2:05 p.m.
For Sam Macaluso and Amber Passalaqua the Armory Collegiate Invitational will be a homecoming of sorts. Passalaqua is from Pine Bush, N.Y. while Macaluso is from West Windsor, N.J. Both student-athletes transferred to Arizona from Syracuse University. They will have the opportunity to compete in front of their family and friends for the first time in quite awhile.
The Wildcats have two men named to the 2014 The Bowerman Watch List. The latest update for the list came on February 5. Lawi Lalang returns as a finalist for the 2013 The Bowerman as the active leader in Watch List appearances with 18, just one appearance behind the all-time leader, Jeff Demps (Florida). Nick Ross moved up from the “Also Receiving Mentions” portion of the list to join Lalang among the top 10. The award is given to collegiate track and field’s most outstanding male and female athletes of the year.
The distance runners competed at the UW Invitational on February 1 in Seattle. Lawi Lalang made his season-debut in the 3K and clocked a time of 7:44.20. That time is No. 1 in the country and is the second-fastest time of Lalang’s career. It also ranks as the seventh-fastest all-conditions indoor time in collegiate history.
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