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Arizona track and field shines at home



The No. 11 Arizona women’s and No. 17 men’s track and field teams earned a bevy of records over the weekend at the Jim Click Shootout at home.

Washington State finished first for the women, with a score of 158 points, followed by Arizona in second with 150, then Kansas State in third and then New Mexico State and Air Force tied for fourth.

Washington State also finished first in the men’s competition, with 193. Arizona was second with 125, followed by Air Force, Kansas State and New Mexico.

However, Arizona’s women’s 4×100-meter relay team earned a school record.

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By Carlos Herrera / The Daily Wildcat
Freshman Bryce Houston had a time of 41.20 with his relay team during the 4 x100 meter relay on Saturday at the Jim Click Shootout.

Senior Tamara Pridgett, senior Shapri Romero, sophomore Traci-Lynn Hicks and senior Germe Poston won the 4×100 with a time of 44.52. The school record time is the eighth-best in the west region and seventeenth in the country this year.

Romero also won the 200 meters in 23.10 and the 400 meters in 52.69. Her 200-meter time was the second best in school history, the fifth in the west region and sixth in the country. Her 400-meter time was a season best, No. 1 in the west and tops in the Pac-12.

Hicks took second in the long jump with a personal record 19-4.25 (5.90m, 1.6 wind). She also ran her a 13.72 (4.0 wind) in the 100-meter hurdles, the second-fastest time of her career.

Freshman Gerhard De Beer burned his red shirt and started competing for the Wildcats. He won the men’s discus with a throw of 180-1 (54.90m), the 20th best in the west region.

Senior Nick Ross won the men’s high jump, leaping 7-4.5 (2.25m). Ross’ jump was the second-best in the country this year and best in the region.

Arizona’s 4×400-meter relay team of sophomore Nnenya Hailey, freshman Jasper Gray, Pridgett and sophomore Morgan Struble finished second in the women’s race with a time of 3:42.66.

Hailey won the 400-meter hurdles with a personal record time, 58.26. Her mark is the best in the Pac-12, No. 4 in the west and 13th best in the country. Struble finished second with a personal record time of 60.07.

Senior Julie Labonté won the women’s shot put with a throw of 57-1 (17.40m), the best in college this year. Labonté also won the discus with a 55.09 meter throw.

Arizona’s 4×100-meter relay team finished third in the men’s competition. Sophomore Harry Zimmerman, junior Mohammad Alhasan, freshman John Kane and freshman Bryce Houston clocked a time of 41.20.

Alhasan finished third in the 100 meters in 10.45 (2.3 wind), a personal best. Zimmerman ran a personal-best time of 10.99 (1.3 wind).

In the men’s hammer throw, freshman Jordan Young tallied a personal-best toss of 211-7 (64.50m). His toss was No. 19 in the country this year, eighth best in the west region, second best in the Pac-12 and the fifth best in school history.

Junior Daniel Whitham finished fourth in the hammer throw with a personal best of 174-8 (53.24m).

In the men’s shot put, redshirt freshman Aaron Castle finished third, with a toss of 58-8.5 (17.89m), the 15th best in the west region.

Freshman Miles Parish won the men’s 400 meters with a personal best time of 46.58. That time is the 10th best in school history, No. 13 in the country, second-best in the west and tops in the Pac-12.

Senior Germe Poston won the 100 meters in a wind-aided time of 11.44 (4.4 mph wind), the fastest all-conditions time of her career.

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