Watson makes her mark

Watson makes her mark

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona track and field team hosted their annual Jim Click Shootout today. Plenty of personal-bests were set as the Wildcats enjoyed a solid day out at Roy P. Drachman Stadium and were lead by Sage Watson, Justice Summerset and Lisanne Hagens.

"I thought overall we made some great things happen today as a team," head coach Fred Harvey said. "We also had some great individual performances today with Sage in the 400 hurdles, and Lisanne and Justice in the high jump. We have come to expect those types of performances from them, which is very satisfying. I am very excited about where things are going for us."

Watson made her 2017 debut in the 400-meter hurdles and took first in the event with a time of 56.12 seconds, a top-three time in the country. Per IAAF, that is also tied for the sixth-best mark in the world this year.

Summerset shined for the Cats today as the Tucson native competed in front of his friends and family at home for the first time this season. Summerset won the high jump with a mark of 2.19 meters (7' 2").

"I was excited to jump here in Tucson for the first time," Summerset said. "It was nice to perform in front of my friends and family, I am just proud to wear that 'A' on my chest and represent Tucson."

Lisanne Hagens won the high jump and tied her personal-best mark at 1.85 meters (6' 0.75"), tied for the collegiate lead this season. Per IAAF, that is tied for a top-five mark in the world this season.

Viktor Gardenkrans took second in the discus with a top-10 NCAA and personal-best mark of 58.09 meters (190' 7").

Aaron Castle took first-place in the shot put with a mark of 18.97 meters (62' 3").

Erik Mensendiek took first-place in the javelin with a personal-best mark of 68.10 meters (223' 5"). That mark is currently No. 25 in the country.

Grayson Fleming took fourth-place in the hammer throw with a personal-best mark of 59.68 meters (195' 9.5").

Tiana Bonds took first overall in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.77 seconds.

Bryce Houston ran a personal-best time of 47.01 seconds in the 400-meter for a fifth-place finish. Freshman ZaKee Washington finished in eighth with an outdoor-best time of 47.23 seconds.

Claire Green took first in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:25.42.

Savaughn Christman, Brena Andrews, Pamela White and Jasper Gray teamed up in the 4x100-meter relay to take first-place at 45.23 seconds.

Both men and women's 4x400 relay teams got the victory today. Bryce Houston, Miles Parish, Michael Demby and ZaKee Washington teamed up for a time of 3:06.69. Diana Gajda, Brena Andrews, Jasper Gray and Sage Watson got it done for the women with a time of 3:37.61.

Next weekend the Cats will send split squads to Walnut, Calif. for the Mt. Sac Relays and to Dallas, Texas for the TCU Big 5 Classic.