TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The University of Arizona Wildcat men's and women's track and field teams will send four student-athletes to compete in the New Mexico Classic this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M. Freshman Myles Hawkins and redshirt junior Harrison Ivie will compete in the heptathlon while sophomore Alyssa Thompson will represent the Wildcats in the pentathlon. Hawkins and Ivie will begin competition
on Friday at 10:15 a.m. MST
7:15 a.m. on Saturday
. Thompson will begin the pentathlon
on Friday at 10:30 a.m.
The meet will take place at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
This meet will be the first chance for the three athletes to post a score that will make it into the top 16 in the country and make it to the NCAA Indoor Championships. The other opportunity will come at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships.
As a freshman, Hawkins will compete in his first ever heptathlon. In high school, Hawkins was strictly a jumper. Ivie has a personal-best score of 5,259 and it came at the Albuquerque Convention Center on January 24-25, 2014. Ivie's score of 5,194 at the MPSF Championships in 2014 was good for seventh place overall. As a freshman for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in 2014, Thompson had a personal-best score of 3,813, a top-50 mark in the country.
Senior Jovon Cunningham is making the trip along with the multis and he will compete in the triple jump at
11 a.m. MST
. He currently holds the No. 24 mark in the country in the event, going 51-0.25 (15.55m) at the Lobo Collegiate Open in Albuquerque on January 24. Cunningham's personal-best mark came on the runways of the Albuquerque Convention Center in 2014 when he had a mark of 52-2.25 (15.91m).
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