Drake Relays, Triton Invitational On Deck For Track Cats

Drake Relays, Triton Invitational On Deck For Track Cats
Des Moines, Iowa –

The University of Arizona Wildcat men's and women's track and field teams will be split among two quality meets once more this weekend. Arizona will send a small group of student-athletes to the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. A group of throwers will compete at the Triton Invitational in San Diego, Calif.

Arizona will compete against the best teams and athletes in the country at the Drake Relays. It is one of the most highly regarded track meets in the country. For the Triton Invitational, Arizona will compete against some of the top throwers on the collegiate level and the professional level.

The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) released the week three outdoor rankings on April 20. Arizona's men and women are not ranked. In the Pac-12 on the men's side, Oregon is third, USC is 5th, Arizona State is 22nd, UCLA is 23rd and Stanford is 24th. For the women's side, the Pac-12 is represented in the rankings by USC is at No. 4, Oregon is No. 6, Stanford sits at the No. 12 spot and UCLA is No. 22.

For the Wildcat men at the Drake Relays, Arizona has entered senior Sam Macaluso in the 1,500-meter race on Saturday at 12:47 p.m. MST. The men's 4x100-meter relay team of freshman Isaac Hing, freshman Tyrell Johnson, junior Blake Eichler and freshman Ty Brandt will run in the preliminary round on Friday at 9:10 a.m. MST. The 4x200-meter relay final for Eichler, Johnson, senior Pete Lauderdale II and Brandt will take place on Friday at 4:45 p.m. MST. The 4x400-meter relay preliminary round featuring Eichler, Lauderdale, Houston and Parish is set for 1:20 p.m. MST on Friday. On Saturday, the final of the sprint medley relay is set for 8:20 a.m. MST featuring Lauderdale, Houston, Parish and sophomore Collins Kibet.

On the women's side at the Drake Relays, junior Traci-Lynn Hicks will run the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries on Friday at 7:32 a.m. MST on Friday. Juniors Morgan Struble and Nnenya Hailey are set to compete in the final of the 400-meter hurdles at 10:08 a.m. MST. For the 4x100-meter relay, the women's squad will consist of sophomore Jasper Gray, freshman Tatum Waggoner, Hicks and sophomore Bealoved Brown. They will run the preliminary round at 8:58 a.m. MST. In the 4x200-meter relay at 4:30 p.m. MST on Friday, Arizona will run Waggoner, sophomore Rachel Johns, Gray and Brown. At 12:55 p.m. MST, the quartet of freshman Diana Gajda, sophomore Lizzie Smith, junior Gia Trevisan and Hailey will run in the preliminary round of the 4x400-meter relay. At 8 a.m. MST on Saturday, the sprint medley relay team of Brown, Waggoner, Hailey and freshman Claire Green will compete for the Wildcats. For the women's distance medley relay final at 11 a.m. MST, Arizona will run junior Hanna Peterson, Green, Struble and junior Kate Penney.

For the field events at the Drake Relays, sophomore Aleah Hurst will long jump at 8 a.m. MST on Friday. The women's high jump competition at 11 a.m. MST will feature Arizona's sophomore Lisanne Hagens and freshman Emily Gerard.

At the Triton Invitational, sophomore Aaron Castle and senior Daniel Whitham will throw the shot put. Castle, sophomore Gerhard de Beer and freshman Clay Cashman will all throw the discus. Cashman and Whitham will then compete in the hammer throw.

At the Drake Relays, Arizona alumni Georganne Moline and Nick Ross will both compete. Moline will make her season debut in the 400-meter hurdles while Ross will high jump. At the Triton Invitational, volunteer assistant coach Jill Camarena-Williams will compete in the women's shot put. It will be Camarena's first time competing since the London Olympics. She had to get surgery on her back, then she gave birth to her first child with her husband Dustin Williams. At the Penn Relays, Shapri Romero will compete in the women's 4x400-meter relay.

At the Mt. SAC Relays, Elvin Kibet set a school record in the women's 5K, running 15:36.08 and beating her previous personal best by 21 seconds. Kibet beat Amy Skieresz's record of 15:37.77 set in 1998. Also at the Mt. SAC Relays, Gerhard de Beer had the No. 8 toss in UA history for the discus, throwing 193-5 (53.95m). At the LSU Alumni Gold Classic, Arizona's highlight performance came from the men's 4x400-meter relay team that posted a time of 3:07.04, the No. 2 time in school history.