TUCSON - The University of Arizona Wildcat men's and women's track and field team hosted the Winter All-Comers meet on Saturday at Roy P. Drachman Stadium. The blue team won the meet with a tally of 242 points, the white team earned a second-place finish with 191.50 points and the red team finished in third with 168.50 points.
The blue team was highlighted by junior Lawi Lalang who took first place in the 1,000-meter race with a time of 2:30.16. Lalang claimed first place in the 600-meter run, posting a time of 1:22.18. In his third event, Lalang won with a time of 8:51.09 in the 3,000-meter race. Senior Jen Bergman won the women's 3K with a time of 10:38.25 and she also earned a second-place finish in the 1,000-meter race with a time of 3:04.21. Sophomore Baillie Gibson won the women's hammer throw competition with a toss of 178-2 (54.30m). Gibson took first in the shot put as well, posting a mark of 56-1 (17.09m). Gibson's mark of 173-9 (52.97m) in the discus was good for first place overall. Senior Edgar Rivera-Morales won the men's high jump competition with a mark of 6-10.75 (2.10m).
The white team was led by senior Georganne Moline, who was victorious in three sprinting events on the day. She won the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.57. In the 150-meter sprint, Moline clocked a time of 17.67. Moline's time of 37.43 in the 300-meter run was good for another victory. Senior Brigetta Barrett won the women's high jump competition, posting a mark of 5-10.75 (1.80m). The men's quartet of freshman Branden Helms, sophomore Thomas Moronta, junior Darien McKinley and senior Clifton Leake clocked a time of 2:25.17 in the 4x300-meter relay, good for first place. Freshman Jordan Young won the men's hammer throw competition with a toss of 197-10 (60.30m). Young was again victorious in the shot put, throwing 56-6 (17.22m). Young claimed his third first-place finish of the day in the discus, posting a mark of 187-2 (57.04m). Sophomore Jovon Cunningham's mark of 49-11 (15.21m) was good for a win in the men's triple jump competition. Cunningham also won the long jump competition with a mark of 21-6.75 (6.57m).
On the red squad, junior Amber Passalaqua's time of 38.70 in the women's 250-meter hurdles was good for first place. She also won the women's javelin competition, with a standing throw of 96-7 (29.43m). Passalaqua posted a mark of 17-5.5 (5.32m) in the long jump, good for first place. Junior Shapri Romero posted a time of 18.35 in the women's 150-meter dash, good for second place behind Moline. Romero earned another second-place finish in the 300-meter run, clocking a time of 38.83. Romero also ran the first leg of the women's 4x300-meter relay that earned first place with a time of 2:41.44. She was joined by junior Tamara Pridgett, freshman Azia Walker and junior Shale' Garland. Senior Julie Labonté earned a second-place finish in the women's shot put with a toss of 55-10.25 (17.02m). Labonté also finished in third place in the discus, throwing 168-7 (51.38m).
"The number one thing I wanted to see was how people handled themselves in a competition situation," head coach Fred Harvey said. "The marks you're going to get in December are what they are because of the type of training that the athletes are doing. But when you look across the board at the performances, we had great competition but we also had some really good marks. We're excited about a lot of people but Georganne Moline won every sprint and was very impressive, especially winning the 60-meter dash. Our throwers all did a fabulous job, our freshman Jordan Young is going to be a player. It was great overall, we're going to have a good week of finals next week (in the classroom) and then start training again to get ready for indoors."
Arizona will begin the indoor track and field season with the Lumberjack Invitational in Flagstaff, Ariz. That meet will take place on January 12 and is hosted by Northern Arizona University.
*This is not an official meet; therefore the marks set by the student-athletes will not count towards NCAA qualifying marks.