Wildcats Head to Mt. SAC Relays and LSU Alumni Gold Classic - Tucson News Now

The Wildcat men’s and women’s track and field teams will be split among two meets this weekend

Wildcats Head to Mt. SAC Relays and LSU Alumni Gold Classic

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TUCSON, AZ - The University of Arizona Wildcat men's and women's track and field teams will be split among two quality meets this weekend. The distance runners and throwers will compete in the 57th annual Mt. SAC Relays at Historic Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif. The rest of the squad, sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers are set to compete in the LSU Alumni Gold Classic in Baton Rouge, La. That meet will take place at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium. Competition at Mt. SAC begins on Thursday at 6 p.m. MST, Friday at 10:15 a.m. andSaturday at 11:50 a.m. At LSU, Saturday's meet will begin with field events at 7 a.m. MST while the track events start at 7:45 a.m.

Arizona will compete against the best distance runners in the country at the Mt. SAC Relays along with some of the top collegiate and professional throwers. It will be a chance for the Wildcats to get quality, fast distance races. At LSU, Arizona will square off against Florida (M: 2, W: 2), LSU (M: 4, W: 14) Miami, Ole Miss, and others.

The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) released the week two outdoor rankings on April 13. Arizona's men and women are not ranked. In the Pac-12 on the men's side, Oregon is third, USC is 5th, Stanford is 18th, Arizona State is 20th and UCLA is 21st. For the women's side, the Pac-12 is represented in the rankings by USC is at No. 7, Oregon is No. 8, Stanford sits at the No. 12 spot and UCLA is No. 20.

For the men's squad at LSU, the 100-meter dash will feature freshman Tyrell Johnson who is currently the fastest DI football player and track and field athlete in the 100-meter dash in the country. Junior decathletes Pau Tonnesen and Harrison Ivie will run the 200-meter dash along with junior Blake Eichler and senior Pete Lauderdale II. Eichler, Lauderdale II and sophomore Bryce Houston will run the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Miles Parish will run the 400-meter hurdles for the third time of his young career. The men's 4x100-meter relay will feature Houston, Johnson, Eichler and freshman Ty Brandt. The quartet for the 4x400-meter relay will be Eichler, Lauderdale, Houston and Parish.

Tonnesen and freshman decathlete will high jump for the Wildcats. Tonnesen, Ivie and junior Jovon Cunningham will long jump. Hawkins will be the lone Wildcat in the triple jump, making his Wildcat debut in the event. Ivie will throw the shot put while both Ivie and Tonnesen will throw the discus. Freshman Erik Mensendiek will throw the javelin.

On the women's side, the 200-meter sprint will feature freshman Diana Gajda, freshman Tatum Waggoner, sophomore Jasper Gray and junior Gia Trevisan. The 400-meter sprint will be run by Gajda, Gray, sophomore Lizzie Smith, Trevisan and Waggoner. Freshman Katelin Warren will represent the Wildcats in the 800-meter sprint. Junior Traci-Lynn Hicks, freshman Rachel Johns, freshman heptathlete Tiana Bonds and sophomore heptathlete Alyssa Thompson will all run the 100-metere hurdles. Bonds and Thompson will make their season debuts in the 400-meter hurdles as well. Junior Morgan Struble will also run that race. The 4x100-meter relay quartet will consist of sophomore Bealoved Brown, Waggoner, Hicks and Johns. The 4x400-meter relay “A” team will be Gajda, Smith, Trevisan and junior Nnenya Hailey. The “B” team is Gray, Warren, Brown and Struble.

For the field events, senior Shakayla McEaddy will high jump for the Wildcats. Hicks, Bonds, Thompson and sophomore Aleah Hurst will compete in the long jump. Bonds and Thompson will also throw the javelin.

At the Mt. SAC Relays for the men's squad, sophomore Matthew Beer, freshman Michael Godbout, sophomore Collins Kibet and junior Sam Willis will compete in the 1,500-meter race. Kibet will also run the 800-meter race. Senior Sam Macaluso will compete in the 5K. Senior Kenji Bierig and junior Thomas Valente will run the 3,000-meter steeplechase. For the throwers, sophomore Aaron Castle will throw the shot put. Sophomore Gerhard De Beer will throw the discus and senior Daniel Whitham will throw the hammer.

For the UA women, senior Kristina Aubert, senior Elvin Kibet, junior Hanna Peterson and freshman Addi Zerrenner will run the 5,000-meter race. Junior Kate Penney and freshman Claire Green are set to run the 1,500-meter race. Junior Molly Callahan will run the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Seniors Stephanie Bulder and Daylee Burr are running the 10,000-meter race.

The Jim Click Shootout on April 9-11, senior day for the Wildcats, certainly lived up to the hype. Five quality teams gathered in Tucson to compete and the student-athletes brought out the best in each other. Athletes from each team posted top marks in the country. Arizona's men and women each earned third-place finishes in the team competition. The meet was highlighted by Pau Tonnesen who posted the second-best score in the country in the decathlon at 7,783, the fifth-best score in program history. Arizona's 4x400-meter relay team on the men's side clocked a time of 3:07.70, which ranks 12th in the country and eighth in school history.

A complete recap and results will be available at ArizonaWildcats.com after each day of competition. Also follow @ArizonaTrack on Twitter for live updates from the meet. Live results for the Mt. SAC Relays can be found here - http://flashwest.com/ . LSU's live results can be found here - http://www.deltatiming.com/results.aspx .


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