TUCSON - The University of Arizona Wildcat men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up competition at the Willie Williams Classic on Saturday. The Wildcats won two events and earned two second-place finishes.
"I needed this second day to really make me feel better about where we're at as a team coming into the outdoor season," head coach Fred Harveysaid. "I told the team earlier, we have a lot of work to do. We had some very good performances this weekend. We know the talent level is there but we need to work harder and work smarter so that we're getting the type of performances in the next couple of meets that we were getting during the indoor season."
"We did have a lot of good things happen this weekend; getting Georganne Molineback really set my weekend off nicely," Harvey said. "She opened up and ran 54.13 in the 400 meters and that really put our 4x400-meter relay that won today, in a really nice position in terms of having four, five or even six ladies that can run for us."
In the women's discus throw, junior Taylor Freeman threw 161-06 (49.23m), good for third place. Junior Alyssa Hasslen took fourth place with a throw of 152-05 (46.47m). In the women's high jump, freshman Shakayla McEaddytook second, clearing 5-6 (1.68m).
In the women's 100-meter dash, sophomore Germe Poston tied for eighth place, clocking a time of 11.77. Sophomore Tamara Pridgetthad a personal-best mark of 11.79, good for tenth place.
Junior Elizabeth Apgar took third in the women's 800-meter run, clocking a time of 2:13.70. Junior Melanie McGrath took sixth with a time of 2:14.99. For the men's 800 meters, junior Kevin Jani earned a third-place finish, clocking a time of 1:54.40. Freshman Dylan Souzahad a time of 1:54.69, good for fourth place.
UA alumni also competed at the Willie Williams Classic. Nick Mossberg won the pole vault competition, clearing 17-5 (5.31m). Liz Patterson won the high jump competition with a clearance of 6-1.25 (1.86m). Robert Gire earned a second-place finish in the shot put competition, throwing 57-5 (17.50m). LaTisha Holdentied for eighth in the women's 100-meter dash, posting a time of 11.77.
The Wildcats return to the track on March 29 for the Jim Click Shootout at Roy P. Drachman Stadium.