UA Watson, earns First Team All American - Tucson News Now

UA Watson, earns First Team All American

(Cover photo courtesy of: Arizona Athletics) (Cover photo courtesy of: Arizona Athletics)

Arizona had three athletes competing in their respective finals today. Sage Watson took home first-team All-America honors in the 400 hurdles and Alyssa Thompson took home second-team honors in Eugene.

“I am really proud of the way everyone competed the whole weekend.” head coach Fred Harvey said.

“The big thing about this meet is that it takes a lot to score but you don’t need a lot of people. The athletes that we had that were top-8 or top-16 performers, earning All-America honors. That is no small feat when you consider the level of competition here.”

Watson took third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.85 seconds, the second-best time of her career.

“From top to bottom that race had some incredible athletes with some of the top marks in the world,” Harvey said. “For Sage to run a 54.85 and come in third is amazing. She ran exceptionally well today."

Thompson, a Tucson native, began her heptathlon yesterday with a personal record in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.30 seconds for 936 points. In the high jump she posted a mark of 5 ft. - 3 in. (1.60m) for 736 points.

Next was the shot put where she threw a mark of 36 ft. - 0.25 in. (10.98m) for 594 points. The last event yesterday was the 200-meter race where she clocked in at 24.77 seconds for 908 points. Thompson ended day one with 3,174 points.

Today, she began with a personal record in the long jump of 19 ft. - 11 in. (6.07m) for 871 points. She went on to throw a mark of 129 ft. - 1 in. (39.36m) for 655 points. She ended her day clocking in at 2:20.67 in the 800-meter race for 814 points. Thompson finished the heptathlon with a score 5,514 of points to finish in 14th place, earning second-team All-America honors.

“Alyssa was incredible,” Harvey continued. “All day long she competed hard and competed very well in one of the deepest multi fields that you’re gonna have at the NCAA level.”

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