Tucson, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 17 men’s and No. 11 women’s track and field teams earned another honor from the Pac-12 Conference during the outdoor season. It was announced on Tuesday that freshman Avery Mickens was named Pac-12 Men’s Field Athlete of the Week. It is the second-straight week the Wildcats have earned a Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Week honor. Senior Julie Labonté claimed the honor on the women’s side on April 1.
Freshman Avery Mickens had a very busy day on Saturday, April 5 in Eugene, Ore. At the Pepsi Oregon Dual, Mickens high jumped, long jumped, ran the first leg of the men’s 4x100-meter relay and ran the third leg of the men’s 4x400-meter relay.
Mickens took third place overall in the high jump competition with a clearance of 6-4 (1.93m). It marked the first time he high jumped in a Wildcat uniform. Mickens won the long jump competition with a mark of 24-11.25 (7.60m, 3.4 wind). That mark is tied for No. 13 in the country this year and is tied for No. 6 in the West region. The top 48 in the region advance to the first round of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. His mark is also the best jump by a Pac-12 athlete this year.
Mickens, junior Mohammad Alhasan, freshman Bryce Houston and junior Branden Helms won the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 42.85. The quartet of Houston, junior Neil Houlihan, Mickens and freshman Miles Parish took second place in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:18.46.
“It was kind of difficult at first,” Mickens said of doing four events in one day. “I haven’t done the high jump in so long. Then going back and forth between the high jump and long jump wasn’t too bad because I went out at such an early height in the high jump so I went straight to long jump. From long jump to the 4x100, it was weird because they told me to hurry over there but they weren’t ready, so I was ready early for no reason. (The big long jump) It felt amazing; it came out of nowhere and surprised me. I’m super happy with it and I’m hoping to go 25-0 at the next meet.”
Mickens will be in action next at the Jim Click Shootout on Saturday at Arizona’s Roy P. Drachman Stadium.
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