Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay breaks UA RecordPosted: Updated:
The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 17 men's and No. 11 women's track and field teams concluded their busy weekend on Saturday after hosting the Jim Click Combined Events and Jim Click Shootout. Roy P. Drachman Stadium was where the meet was held. Saturday's meet was scored using championship scoring (10-8-6-4-2-1). If any team had an athlete that competed in the combined events, they will be scored and factored into the final score of the competition. It was quite windy at the track so here are the NCAA rules regarding wind-aided marks. Any mark that is higher than 2.0 is considered wind-aided, 2.0 is legal. Any mark with a wind reading higher than 4.0 does not count towards qualifying for the NCAA West Regionals. All national and regional rankings mentioned below are excluding today's results from around the country.
Washington State took first place in the women's team scoring with a tally of 158 points. Arizona finished in second place with 132 points from Saturday's meet and 18 from the heptathlon, totaling 150. Kansas State took third with 134 points. New Mexico and Air Force tied with 67 points.
On the men's side, Washington State won with 193 points. Arizona scored 115 points on Saturday plus an additional 10 points from the decathlon. Air Force tallied 99 points in third place. Kansas State scored 98 points in fourth and New Mexico had 76 points in fifth place.
The women's 4x100-meter relay team of senior Tamara Pridgett, senior Shapri Romero, sophomore Traci-Lynn Hicks and senior Germe Poston clocked a time of 44.52, good for first place overall. That time is a school record and is No. 8 in the west region and No. 17 in the country this year. Jennifer Whitlock, Marquita Taylor, Maritza Mora and Nikki Martin set the previous school record of 44.58 on May 27, 2006 in Provo, Utah. The quartet of sophomore Nnenya Hailey, freshman Jasper Gray, Pridgett and sophomore Morgan Struble clocked a time of 3:42.66 and took second place. The men's 4x100-meter relay team of sophomore Harry Zimmerman, junior Mohammad Alhasan, freshman John Kane and freshman Bryce Houston had a time of 41.20, good for third place overall.
In the women's shot put, senior Julie Labonté won and improved her collegiate-leading mark with a toss of 57-1 (17.40m). Labonté also won the discus competition with a mark of Freshman Jordan Young had a personal-best toss of 211-7 (64.50m) in the hammer throw. That mark is good for No. 19 in the country this year, No. 8 in the west region, No. 2 in the Pac-12 and No. 5 in UA history. Junior Daniel Whitham also threw hammer and scored for the Wildcats with his fourth-place finish. He had a personal-best toss 174-8 (53.24m). In the men's discus, freshman Gerhard De Beer was taken off his redshirt year and is now competing for the Wildcats. He won the competition with a toss of 180-1 (54.90m), No. 20 in the west region. In the men's shot put, redshirt freshman Aaron Castle had a toss of 58-8.5 (17.89m), good for third place overall and No. 15 in the west region.
Senior Nick Ross won the men's high jump competition with a mark of 7-4.5 (2.25m). Jumping from an eight-step approach as opposed to his normal 10-step approach, Ross posted the No. 2 clearance in the country and No. 1 in the region this year. Redshirt sophomore Jovon Cunningham had a season-best mark of 49-7.75 (15.13m), the No. 15 mark in the west region.
In the men's 400-meter race, freshman Miles Parish had a personal-best time of 46.58, good for first place overall. That time is No. 10 in UA history, No. 13 in the country, No. 2 in the west region and No. 1 in the Pac-12 this year. Freshman Bryce Houston had a personal-best time of 48.06, good for third place. On the women's side, Romero had a season-best time of 52.69, good for first place overall. That time is fifth in the country this year, No. 1 in the west region and No. 1 in the Pac-12 this year.
Romero also ran 23.10 (2.0) in the 200-meter sprint, good for first place overall. That time is No. 6 in the country, No. 5 in the west region and No. 2 in UA history. Poston had a time of 23.55 (2.0 wind), which ties a personal-best mark and is No. 13 in the west region. In the men's 200-meter sprint, Alhasan had a time of 21.29 (2.1 wind) and took third place overall. The fastest all-conditions time of his career is No. 35 in the west region. Parish had a time of 21.33 (2.1 wind), the fastest all-conditions time of his career as well.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Hailey clocked a personal-best time of 58.26 and took first place overall. That time is No. 13 in the country this year, No. 4 in the west region and No. 1 in the Pac-12. Struble posted a personal-best time of 60.07 and took second place. She sits at No. 27 in the west region.
In the men's 100-meter sprint, Alhasan clocked a time of 10.45 (2.3 wind) and took third place overall. That is the fastest all-conditions time of his career and is No. 15 in the region this year. Zimmerman also ran the 100-meter dash and clocked a personal-best time of 10.99 (1.3 wind). In the women's 100 meters, senior Germe Poston won with a wind-aided time of 11.44 (4.4 wind), the fastest all-conditions time of her career.
In the women's long jump, Hicks had a personal-best mark of 19-4.25 (5.90m, 1.6 wind) and took second place overall. That mark is tied for No. 29 in the west region. She had a time of 13.72 (4.0 wind) in the 100-meter hurdles, the second-fastest time of her career. Struble had a time of 14.19 (2.7 wind) in the 100-meter hurdles, the fastest all-conditions time of her career. Sophomore Ali Rodseth had a personal-best mark of 38-9.5 (11.82m, 2.0 wind), good for third place in the triple jump.
Former Wildcat All-American Taylor Bush competed in the women's hammer throw competition and had a toss of 223-2 (68.02m). That throw was good for first place overall and meets the USA Outdoor Championships "A" Standard. Her throw is ranked 21st in the world this year and No. 3 among U.S. throwers, excluding results from around the world today.
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