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Wildcats Square Off Against Sun Devils

Source: Arizona Athletics Source: Arizona Athletics
 Tempe, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 24 men's and women's track and field teams will compete in the Arizona - Arizona State Dual on Friday and Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. The dual meet will take place at Sun Angel Stadium. On Friday, only the pole vault (3 p.m. MST start) and discus (4 p.m. MST start) will take place. Saturday's competition begins at 9:15 a.m. MST with the field events while the running events will commence at 11:30 a.m. MST.

Arizona will strictly compete against the Arizona State Sun Devils. In the past, the meet has been a double dual featuring Northern Arizona University as well. However, moving forward it is just a showdown with the Wildcats and the Sun Devils. In 2014, the UA women beat ASU while the men's team lost to ASU. The meet will be scored in a 5-3-1 format for the individual events and 5,0 for the relays.

The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) released the week four outdoor rankings on April 27. Arizona's men's team is ranked for the first time all year, indoor or outdoor. The UA women are not ranked. In the Pac-12 on the men's side, USC is fourth and Oregon is fifth. For the women's side, the Pac-12 is represented in the rankings by USC who is No. 1 in the country and Oregon who sits at the No. 6 spot.

Arizona is bringing a total of 72 (39 men, 33 women) student-athletes up to Tempe. For Friday's pole vault competition, UA women will have freshman Maddie Duecker compete along side sophomores Savannah Whitehead and Myriah Sujansky. For the men, freshman Logan Westlake will compete with junior decathletes Harrison Ivie and Pau Tonnesen. In the men's discus, Ivie and Tonnesen will throw with sophomore Gerhard de Beer, sophomore Aaron Castle, freshman Clay Cashman and freshman Jonathan Hart.

For the field events on Saturday, freshman Erik Mensendiek, sophomore Jonny Giess and senior Steven Scarvelis will throw the javelin. Sophomore Aleah Hurst and junior Traci-Lynn Hicks will compete in the women's long jump. Ivie and Tonnesen will also long jump. In the women's high jump, Arizona will have senior Shakayla McEaddy, sophomore Lisanne Hagens, sophomore heptathlete Alyssa Thompson, freshman heptathlete Tiana Bonds and freshman Emily Gerard. On the men's side in the high jump, Tonnesen, freshman Tyler Arroyo, freshman decathlete Myles Hawkins and senior Ryan Tomlinson competing. Castle and senior Daniel Whitham will throw the shot put.

On the track for the women's squad, junior Molly Callahan will start the day off with the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. The women's 4x100-meter relay quartet will consist of sophomore Bealoved Brown, freshman Tatum Waggoner, Hicks and sophomore Rachel Johns. Senior Elvin Kibet, junior Kate Penney and junior Hanna Peterson will run the 1,500-meter race. Hicks, Bonds, Johns and Thompson will all compete in the 100-meter hurdles for the Wildcats. Sophomore Lizzie Smith, junior Gia Trevisan, freshman Diana Gajda and sophomore Jasper Gray will run the 400-meter sprint. Penney, freshman Claire Green, freshman Katelin Warren and freshman Alex Berman are set to run the 800-meter race. Juniors Nnenya Hailey and Morgan Struble will run the 400-meter hurdles with Bonds and Thompson. Waggoner will run the 200-meter dash with Brown and Gajda. Kibet and senior Kristina Aubert will run the 3K along with three others. Arizona's “A” 4x400-meter relay team will be Waggoner, Smith, Trevisan and Hailey.

For the UA men on the track, senior Kenji Bierig and three others will compete in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. The quartet of sophomore Bryce Houston, freshman Tyrell Johnson, junior Blake Eichler and freshman Isaac Hing will run the 4x100-meter relay. Sophomore Collins Kibet and three other Wildcats will compete in the 1,500-meter race. Scarvelis and Ivie will run the 110-meter hurdles. Eichler, Houston and senior Pete Lauderdale II will run the 400-meter sprint. Johnson and two other Wildcats are set to run the 100-meter dash. Four Wildcats in the 800-meter run will join Kibet. Sophomore Miles Parish is set to compete in the 400-meter hurdles. Eichler, Lauderdale, Johnson, Hing, Ivie and Tonnesen will all run the men's 200-meter sprint for the Wildcats. Senior Sam Macaluso will be joined by two other Wildcats in the men's 3K. Eichler, Lauderdale, Houston and Parish will run the men's 4x400-meter relay.

At the Drake Relays, Arizona alumni Georganne Moline and Nick Ross both cashed out after finishing in the top three in their respective events. Moline clocked the No. 5 time in the world for the 400-meter hurdles, running 55.74 and taking second place. That time also meets the 2015 IAAF World Championships Standard. Moline won $10,000 for her runner-up finish. Ross cleared 7-4.5 (2.25m) in the men's high jump, the ninth-best clearance in the world that was good for a $3,000-cash prize. Fellow alumna Shapri Romero ran the 4x400-meter relay at the Penn Relays and helped lead the team to a runner-up finish. She posted the fastest 400-meter split among the quartet at 50.8. Volunteer assistant coach Jill Camarena-Williams earned a runner-up finish in the women's shot put at the Triton Invitational. Her season-opening toss of 60-8.5 (18.50m) meets the World Championships Standard and ranks as the fifth-best toss in the world this year.

This weekend, former Wildcat and eight-time NCAA Champion Lawi Lalang will compete at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. Lalang, representing Nike and Global Sport, is set to compete in the men's 1,500-meter race.

The Wildcats sent a group of athletes to the Drake Relays to compete in a multitude of different relay events. Both the men's and women's 4x400-meter relay teams advanced to the final of their respective events. In the preliminary round, the women's quartet of Waggoner, Trevisan, Gajda and Hailey clocked a season-best time of 3:38.91. At the Triton Invite, Arizona sent a group of throwers to compete against the best in the world. Castle (shot put) and de Beer (discus) posted solid marks but just missed out on making it to the finals of their respective events.

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 will be available at finishedresults.com. The Pac-12 Networks will also broadcast the meet on tape delay at a date to be announced later.
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