Track: Romero owns Jim Click Shootout - Tucson News Now

Track: Romero owns Jim Click Shootout

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Wildcats No. 21 men's and No. 5 women's track and field teams concluded competition at the Jim Click Shootout on Saturday. Roy P. Drachman Stadium was the location site for the meet. The Wildcats won ten events on the day and the women's team won team competition. 

Saturday's meet was scored using championship scoring (10-8-6-4-2-1). If any team had athletes that competed in the combined events, they will be scored and factored into the final score of the competition. The UA women won with 188 points, Stanford took second with135 points and Ohio State took third with 102 points. On the men's side, Ohio State won with 176 points. Iowa took second with 149 points. Kansas State finished in third with 104 points. Arizona took fourth place with 69 points. 

Junior Shapri Romero won the women's 400-meter run in a personal-best time of 52.37. That time ranks as No. 1 in the country this year and the No. 4 time in school history. Senior Shale' Garland clocked a personal-best time of 54.75, good for fourth place overall. Senior Brigetta Barrett also competed in the 400-meter run, posting a time of 55.13 and taking fifth place overall. On the men's side, freshman Bernard Dickerson-Quinn clocked a personal-best time of 46.61 and took second place. That time is No. 10 in UA history and No. 6 in the country this year.

In the men's 400-meter hurdles, senior Clifton Leake posted a personal-best time of 51.10, good for second place overall. That time is No. 6 in Arizona history and ranks as the No. 8 time in the country this year. Senior Georganne Moline made her season debut in the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday, taking second place with a time of 54.98. 

The quartet of freshman Traci-Lynn Hicks, Romero, junior Tamara Pridgett and junior Germe Poston won the 4x100-meter with a time of 44.76. That time is the No. 4 time in Arizona history and currently ranks as No. 13 in the country this year, excluding other results. The quartet of Romero, Garland, Pridgett and Moline won the women's 4x400-meter relay with a season-best time of 3:33.32, the No. 7 time in UA history. That is also the No. 9 time in the country this year.  In the open 100-meter dash, Poston clocked a personal-best time of 11.47, good for first place and the No. 3 time in Arizona history. It also ties as the 12th-best time in the country this year. In the women's 200-meter dash, Romero won with a personal-best time of 23.50, the No. 5 time in UA history and the No. 11 time in the country. Poston took second place with a personal-best time of 23.55, the sixth-best time in school history.  

In the women's hammer throw competition, sophomore Baillie Gibson posted a personal-best mark of 189-6 (57.77m) and earned a third-place finish. That mark is the seventh-best mark in school history. Senior Taylor Freeman took sixth place with a mark of 183-10 (56.04m). Freeman set a personal-best mark in the discus throw with a toss of 180-1 (54.90m) and took first place. That toss is No. 6 in school history. Junior Julie Labonté also had a personal-best toss, taking second place with a mark of 178-1 (54.29m). Gibson threw 177-1 (53.99m) and took fourth place. Senior Alyssa Hasslen finished in fifth place with a toss of 171-3 (52.21m). In the men's hammer throw, senior Tyler Johnson took third place with a mark of 192-11 (58.80m). In the shot put, Labonté won with a mark of 56-0 (17.07m). Gibson threw 55-0 (16.76m) and took second place. Hasslen took third place after throwing 54-11.25 (16.74m). Junior Omotayo Talabi posted a mark of 51-1 (15.57m) and took fifth place. 

Senior Asia Easley took second place in the women's javelin competition with her toss of 150-1 (45.74m). In the men's javelin, freshman Jonny Giess posted a mark of 173-8 (52.93m) and took ninth place. In the women's high jump, sophomore Shakayla McEaddy took third place with a jump of 5-7.25 (1.71m). In the women's long jump, freshman Moriah Hayes finished in fifth place and had a mark of 18-5 (5.61m). In the men's high jump, senior Edgar Rivera-Morales jumped 7-3.75 (2.23m) and took first among scoring competitors. Nick Ross, competing unattached also 7-3.75 and he took first place. Giess took fifth place with a clearance of 6-9 (2.06m). 

Sophomore Stephanie Bulder won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase in personal-best fashion, posting a time of 10:46.21, the No. 7 time in UA history. In the men's 1,500-meter race, sophomore Sam Macaluso clocked a personal-best time of 3:50.82, good for first place overall. Senior Jen Bergman won the 1,500-meter race as well, in a personal-best time of 4:29.50. 

"It was a tremendous meet," head coach Fred Harvey said. "We had some of the best marks in the country and some of the best performances in the world happened today at this competition. University of Arizona, we were unbelievable in terms of our athletes running personal bests during this time of the year. We've talked about it a lot, taking the opportunity to do the things you are capable of doing, don't wait for tomorrow. To have Shapri Romero do what she did today, Taylor Freeman, wow, that was super, super exciting. Clifton Leake ran another personal best in the hurdles and that really makes you excited about what he's doing. Georganne Moline, what can you say? She ran 50. 2 on the 4x400, that was incredible. The team is on cloud nine right now. This has always been a great meet and we want to continue to do the things we're doing."

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