Arizona had two of their elite men’s throwers, Gerhard De Beer and Aaron Castle, compete at their own Tucson Elite Classic at Roy P. Drachman Stadium this weekend. Along with the throwing events there was one eventful 400-meter hurdle race as well.
De Beer competed in the discus on Thursday and Saturday, taking fourth in the discus on Thursday with a mark of 197 ft. - 11 in. (60.33m) in a loaded field.
De Beer took his game to another level on Saturday, besting his personal record of 198 ft. - 7 in. (60.52m) five times in the discus throw invite. Gerhard’s first throw proved to be his best at an outstanding 203 ft. - 3 in. (61.97m), the fifth best collegiate mark this season. He continued to look elite with marks at 61.45, 61.34, 61.28, and 60.54 meters.
“The biggest thing for me was setting up the back, getting a wide right leg, and pushing off my left to get a nice linear drive off the back.” De Beer said. “Overall it was just about refocusing after Pac-12’s where I didn’t necessarily have my best meet.”
“Physically, Coach Crater and I have been working out in the weight room and I just hit a new personal best on the bench press this week.”
Castle took fourth place in the shot put Saturday at 61 ft. - 9.75 in. (18.84m). On Thursday his top mark was 60 ft. - 10.75 in. (18.56m).
In the 400-meter hurdles Arizona had Sage Watson and alumni Georganne Moline competing. Moline, running unattached, ran a world-leading and stadium record 53.98 seconds. Watson ran a new PR and NCAA-leading 54.82 seconds. That time was the sixth-best in Pac-12 history.
“It was nice running at home because I have my coach here and my training partner, Georganne, here as well.” Watson said. “I was really trying to work on that last curve and I got it done, from there I tried to keep up with my partner and we came home strong together.”
Next up for Arizona will be the NCAA West Regionals next weekend hosted by Kansas University.
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