Arizona Track leaves West Prelims with both highs and lows

Arizona Track leaves West Prelims with both highs and lows
(Cover photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics)
(Cover photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics)

SACRAMENTO, CA - Arizona had 13 Cats punch their tickets in nine events to the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. during the NCAA West Preliminary Round this weekend in Sacramento.

Friday was highlighted by freshman Maksims Sincukovs who set a collegiate personal best time of 50.62 to set a new Arizona freshman record that has stood since 2002.

The freshman finished fourth in his 400-meter hurdle heat and took ninth overall to advance to the NCAA National Championships.
Turner Washington and Jordan Geist qualified for the NCAA National Championships in the discus throw.

Washington threw a mark of 55.39 (181-8) to finish in 10th place. Following a protest, Geist finished in 12th place with a mark of 55.39m (181-5).
Collins Kibet clocked a time of 1:48.15 in the 800m to finish ninth overall to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Bailey Roth ran a time of 8:45.70 in the 3K steeplechase and earn an automatic qualifying mark of the NCAA Championships.
On Saturday, Geist earning his second entry to Eugene when he threw a mark of 20.27m (66-6) to finish second in the shot put.

The ladies 4x100-meter relay team of Savaughn Christman, Tatum Waggoner, Pamela White, and Brena Andrews clocked a mark of 44.84, good for a 11th-place finish and trip to Eugene.

The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Diana Gajda, Karolina Pahlitzsch, Katelin Warren, and Waggoner also qualified following an 10th place finish (3:35.60).
Bryant O'Georgia will advance to his first NCAA Championships in the high jump. The senior cleared 2.16m (7-1) to move on to Eugene.

Sophomore Justice Summerset however failed to advance in the high jump as did the Pac-12 Champion men's 4x400-meter relay team that finished 17th with a time of 3:07.87.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.