TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Track and Field finish up their first day of the Willie Williams Classic with Wildcats capturing five first place finishes with a flurry of personal bests.
Day One Highlights
Calvin Wilson gave the Cats their first win of the day in the 400m hurdles with a first place time of 51.43. Trayvion White-Austin scorched the men’s 200m dash with a new PR of 20.89 to take home another event win for Arizona.
Neysia Howard carried her momentum from the indoor season into the first outdoor meet, coming in with a first-place finish and a PR of 23.68 in teh 200m dash. Jenica Bosko came in close behind with her own PR of 24.22 and a third-place finish.
In throws, Mackenna Orie captured the top spot in the shot put with a throw of 15.85m (52’0″). Ava David got to the podium as well in the women’s hammer throw with a distance of 54.47m (178’8″). Jared O’Riley added to the podium count with a second-place finish in the javelin. Jakob Chamberlin (61.90m) and Jaisen Brown (58.55m) gave personal-best performances in the hammer throw to both place in the top five. Chamberlin finished his first day of competition with a win in the discus with Zach Landa placing second.
The distance crew earned their first event win of the outdoor season with Iker Sanchez Lopez winning the 1500m with a time of 3:45.17 with his brother Ian Sanchez Lopez coming in right behind with a second-place finish of 3:46.08.
Grace Driskill placed herself on the podium in the 1500m run with a PR of 4:34.19 with Maddy Christopher placing fifth with her own PR of 4:35.74. Meggie Karp closed out the day for distance with an outdoor PR in the 5000m with a time of 17:38.10 to finish second.
The jumpers made a big showing at Drachman Stadium. Reinaldo Rodrigues took home the gold in the men’s long jump with a huge PR of 7.75m, which is the eighth longest outdoor jump in school history.
White-Austin added his own PR with a second place jump of 7.44m. Razeen Khaldun rounded out the top-five with his PR of 7.12m. Jenica Bosko found the podium again on day one, placing second in the women’s long jump with a distance of 5.74m. Tiana Poirier-Shelton came in close behind with a fourth-place finish of 5.72m.
The Cats will return tomorrow at Roy P. Drachman at 9:00 a.m. with Tanner Kippes and Jacob Kauffman in the men’s pole vault. The running events will begin at 11:05 a.m. with the 400m relay.
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