Tucson, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 19 men’s and No. 10 women’s track and field teams will be split among two quality track and field meets this weekend. The distance runners will head to the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. The meet will be held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium from April 17-19. The sprinters, jumpers and throwers will compete at Bernier Moore Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. The LSU Alumni Gold will take place on Saturday, April 19.
In Baton Rouge, Arizona will compete against LSU (M: 10, W: 7), Dillard, Harvard, Hinds CC, Illinois (M: 24, W: NR), Iowa State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Michigan, Mississippi State, New Orleans, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, South Florida, Southern, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas A&M (M: 4, W: 1),Texas A&M-Kingsville and Tulane.
The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) released the week two rankings for the 2014 outdoor season on April 15. The men’s team is ranked 19th and the women are ranked 10th. In the men’s rankings, Oregon is second, USC is 14th, UCLA is 15th and California is 23rd. On the women’s side, Oregon is No. 4, USC is No. 9, Washington is No. 13, UCLA is No. 14, Stanford is No. 17 and Arizona State is No. 21.
On the men’s side on the track in Louisiana, junior Mohammad Alhasan, sophomore Harry Zimmerman and freshman John Kane in the 100-meter dash will represent the Wildcats. In the 200-meter sprint, Alhasan, freshman Miles Parish and Kane will run for the Wildcats. Parish and freshman Bryce Houston are set to run the 400-meter race. Junior Neil Houlihan is set to compete in the 400-meter hurdles.
For the field events in Baton Rouge, senior Nick Ross will compete in the high jump. Freshman Avery Mickens is set to long jump and redshirt sophomore Jovon Cunningham will triple jump. Freshman Jordan Young and junior Daniel Whitham will throw the hammer and shot put. Freshman Gerhard De Beer will throw the discus along with Young and freshman Aaron Castle. Castle will also throw the shot put.
In the field events for the UA women, freshman Aleah Hurst, sophomore Traci-Lynn Hicks, senior Amber Passalaqua will compete in the long jump. Senior Julie Labonte and senior Omotayo Talabi will throw the shot put. Labonté will also throw the discus.
On the women’s side for the track events, freshman Aaliyah Haggard, freshman Rachel Johns and senior Germe Poston will run the 100-meter dash. Senior Tamara Pridgett, senior Shapri Romero, Poston, Haggard and Johns will run the 200 meters. For the 400 meters, freshman Jasper Gray, freshman Lizzie Smith, freshman Alex Gilbert, sophomore Gia Trevisan, Pridgett and Romero will represent Arizona. Senior Meg Bellino will represent the Wildcats in the 800-meters. Hicks, sophomore Nnenya Hailey, sophomore Morgan Struble and Passalaqua will compete in the 100-meter hurdles. Hailey and Struble will also compete in the 400-meter hurdles. The quartet of Gray, Smith, Gilbert and Trevisan will compete in the 4x400-meter relay.
At the Mt. SAC Relays on the men’s side, junior Kenji Bierig and redshirt Thomas Valente will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Junior Sam Macaluso and sophomore Sam Willis will run the 5K. On the women’s side, junior Stephanie Bulder, redshirt junior Elvin Kibet and senior Amanda Russell will run the 10K. Junior Molly Callahan will run the women’s 5K. Junior Clea Formaz and senior Erin Menefee will represent the Wildcats in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Redshirt sophomores Kate Penney and Nicci Corbin will run the 1,500-meter race at Azuza Pacific.
2013 Finalist Lawi Lalang, the all-time Men’s Watch List appearance leader marks his 21st inclusion on The Bowerman list. He needs only one more to tie Oregon’s Brianne Theisen as the all-time leader, regardless of gender, since the Watch List began in 2010.
The Wildcats have had three student-athletes earn Pac-12 Athlete of the Week honors on four occasions this year. Julie Labonté was named Pac-12 Women’s Field Athlete of the Week on April 1 and April 15. Avery Mickens claimed Pac-12 Men’s Field Athlete of the Week on April 8. Nick Ross earned the same honor as Mickens on April 15.
The Wildcats had an outstanding meet on Saturday, April 12 at the Jim Click Shootout. Nick Ross cleared 7-4.5 (2.25m) in the men’s high jump competition, taking first place overall, the No. 2 mark in the country. Miles Parish had a personal-best time of 46.58 in the 400 meters, the No. 21 time in the country. Jordan Young had a toss of 211-7 (64.50m) in the hammer throw. On the women’s side, Shapri Romero had a personal-best time of 23.10 (2.0 wind) in the 200m, the No. 11 time in the country. Her time of 52.69 in the 400 meters was ranked No. 7 in the country. Julie Labonté had a toss of 57-1 (17.40m) in the shot put, the No. 3 throw in the country. Nnenya Hailey clocked a time of 58.26 in the 400-meter hurdles, the No. 13 time in the country. The women’s 4x100-meter relay team of Tamara Pridgett, Shapri Romero, Traci-Lynn Hicks, Germe Poston had a time of 44.52, a new UA record and the No. 20 time in the country. Amber Passalaqua had a score of 5,235 in the heptathlon, the No. 22 mark in the country.
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