The University of Arizona Wildcat men's and No. 11 women's track and field teams hosted the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks for the annual UA-ASU-NAU Double Dual. The meet was held at Roy P. Drachman Stadium on Saturday. All individual events were recorded as 5, 3, 2, 1 and all relay events were recorded as 5, 3. The UA men fell to ASU by a score of 104.5 to 95.5. The UA men beat NAU 120.5 to 62.5. ASU topped NAU with a score of 126 to 63. On the women's side, UA beat ASU with a score of 106.5 to 91.5. UA also beat NAU 124 to 65. ASU also beat NAU with a score of 116 to 66. It is the second-straight year the UA women have swept the competition.
"I am very excited about what we were able to accomplish in this competition," head coach Fred Harvey said. "We ran fast, we jumped high and far, we threw far but the spirit that the athletes came out with in this meet was big time for us going into the Pac-12 Championships. I'm so excited about the attitude the team has and that's the thing we have been working on all year with this team, to develop a championship-level attitude. We got close to beating the ASU men but we came through and took care of business on the ladies side and beat those devils."
Redshirt senior Nick Ross set a new school record in the men's high jump competition with his clearance of 7-6.5 (2.30m). The previous school record of 7-6 (2.29m) was set by James Frazier in Tucson on May 10, 1980. He also set a facility record, the previous record of 7-5 (2.26m) was also set by Frazier on May 9, 1981. That mark is No. 1 in the country and is No. 5 in the world this year. Junior Shakayla McEaddy had a personal-best clearance of 5-9.25 (1.76m) in the women's high jump competition, good for first place overall and No. 24 in the west region.
"It was a big relief," Ross said. "It's a big weight off my shoulders, I've been working so hard and training so hard. I've been jumping at the school record in multiple meets now but it was nice to finally get it today. At our home stadium, it's my last meet here, my family was here, the crowd was amazing so I couldn't have asked for better conditions."
The women's 4x100-meter relay quartet of senior Tamara Pridgett, senior Shapri Romero, sophomore Traci-Lynn Hicks and senior Germe Poston clocked a time of 44.27. That time was good for second place overall but is a new school record. The previous school record of 44.52 was set by the same quartet on April 12, 2014. The women's 4x400-meter relay of sophomore Nnenya Hailey, freshman Jasper Gray, Pridgett and Romero had a season-best time of 3:37.18 and took second place.
"That was an exciting race for myself and the group," Romero said. "Tamara had a really good leg out of the hole, that's definitely something we need and she came with it today. We had a good exchange and then my exchange with Traci wasn't bad, the handoff from Traci to Germe wasn't the best but we still got a school record. So, as soon as we tune those up we'll be ready."
Romero won the women's 400-meter race with a personal-best time of 51.96. That time is No. 2 in school history, No. 5 in the country, No. 4 in the west region and No. 2 in the Pac-12. Her time is also No. 13 in the world per IAAF. Sophomore Gia Trevisan's time of 55.41 was a personal best and good for fourth place overall. Gray clocked a personal-best time of 55.70, good for fifth place. In the men's 400 meters, freshman Miles Parish clocked a personal-best time of 46.57. That time is No. 14 in the west region and No. 2 in the Pac-12 this year.
"Breaking 52 seconds in the 400 meters felt so good," Romero said. "We have been working for this for so long, I know I am a 51 second runner and it just felt good from the beginning. I consciously had to tell myself to get into my other gear and finish the race. It felt so good, I was so excited to see that time. I'm really confident going in to the Pac-12 Championships with everything we have done today."
Hailey won the women's 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.48 (0.0 wind), the No. 2 time of her career. Sophomore Traci-Lynn Hicks took second place with a time of 13.71, also the No. 2 time of her career. Sophomore Morgan Struble had a personal-best time of 14.16 (0.0 wind). Hailey also won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.42. Struble had a personal-best time of 58.39 and took second place. That time is No. 8 in school history, No. 12 in the west region and tied for No. 4 in the Pac-12 this year. Senior Neil Houlihan had a time of 53.89 in the men's 400-meter hurdles, good for second place.
Senior Lawi Lalang won the men's 1,500-meter race with a time of 3:41.88. Freshman Collins Kibet took second place overall with a time of 3:45.85. Kibet also won the men's 800 meters with a time of 1:50.08 while Lalang took fourth with a time of 1:52.06. Lalang also won the men's 3K with a time of 8:05.61. Redshirt sophomore Kate Penney took third place in the women's 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:28.63. Redshirt junior Elvin Kibet clocked a personal-best time of 4:29.11 for fourth place overall. In the women's 800 meters, senior Meg Bellino clocked a time of 2:11.26 and took second place overall.
Redshirt freshman Jordan Young won the men's hammer throw competition with a mark of 203-10 (62.12m). In the men's discus, freshman Gerhard De Beer took second place with a toss of 179-1 (54.58m). Young took fourth place with a mark of 175-2 (53.39m), a personal best. Redshirt freshman Aaron Castle won the men's shot put competition with a mark of 59-3.5 (18.07m).
Senior Julie Labonté won the women's shot put competition with a mark of 56-3 (17.14m). Senior Omotayo Talabi took third place with a mark of 51-11.25 (15.83m).In the women's discus competition, Labonté took second place with a mark of 184-1 (56.12m), the No. 4 mark of her career.
In the men's long jump, freshman Avery Mickens had the second-best mark of his career at 24-9 (7.54m, 0.0 wind), good for first place overall. Ross had a mark of 24-5 (7.44m, 1.1 wind) and took second place overall. Ross won the triple jump competition with a season-best mark of 51-1.75 (15.59m, 0.0 wind). In the women's triple jump, junior Ali Rodseth took second place with 38-3.25 (11.66m, 0.0 wind). In the women's long jump, freshman Aleah Hurst had a personal-best mark of 19-0.5 (5.80m, 0.0 wind), taking fourth place overall.
Senior heptathlete Amber Passalaqua began her busy evening with a personal-best mark of 19-3.25 (5.87m, -0.3 wind). That mark was good for third place overall. Passalaqua ran the 100-meter hurdles in 14.17 (0.0 wind), the No. 3 time of her career. Passalaqua high jumped as well and cleared 5-5.25 (1.66m), a season-best mark. Passalaqua had a personal-best mark of 112-3 (34.21m) in the women's javelin, good for fourth place overall.
Redshirt sophomore Harrison Ivie, a decathlete for the Wildcats, clocked a personal-best time of 23.24 (0.0 wind) in the 200-meter dash. He cleared 14-1.25 (4.30m) in the pole vault competition. He posted a mark of 21-4.25 (6.51m, 0.0 wind) in the long jump competition. Ivie posted a personal-best mark of 133-4 (40.65m) in the discus competition.
In the women's 100-meter dash, Poston won with a time of 11.56 (0.0 wind). Junior Mohammad Alhasan clocked a time of 10.64 (0.0 wind) on the men's side of the 100-meter dash. In the 200-meter sprint, Romero clocked a time of 23.55 (0.0 wind) and took first place overall. Poston finished in second place with a time of 23.71 (0.0 wind). In the men's 200 meters, Alhasan had a time of 21.42 (0.0 wind) and took third place overall.
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