Wildcats Set Four School Records at Texas Tech Shootout
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Track and Field closed out the Texas Tech Shootout on Saturday where the team tallied an impressive four school records, five top-10 NCAA marks and times, five event wins and 10 PRs.
Day Two Highlights
Samantha Noennig threw the best shot put mark in the NCAA on Saturday with a toss of 18.25m (59-10.5), carving her name in the school record books. Noennig's mark replaces Julie Labonté's nine year old school record of 18.01m (59-1.25). Her mark was also good for a first-place finish and the Texas Tech Shootout meet record.
The 600yd race was the event of the day. On the women's side, Shannon Meisberger clocked a new PR of 1:19.60, giving her the best time in the NCAA and setting a new school record. Her time surpasses the 38-year old record of 1:21.52 previously held by Ruth Waithera-Nganga. Meisberger's time also got her the event win and the meet record. On the men's side, Tanner Hagstrom ran a PR and school record time of 1:09.55, replacing Paul Lewis' record of 1:11.40 set in 1973. He now has the third best time in the NCAA.
"That was huge," said head coach Fred Harvey. "As coaches, our expectations are for that level of performance. Track and field numbers just don't lie, so we can see that they were capable and it was really exciting to see them actually be able to put their names in the books."
Lillian Lowe won her second-consecutive high jump contest with a clearance of 1.76m (5-9.25). Diana Ramos cleared a new indoor PR of 1.71m (5-7.25) to place fifth.
Jordan Geist threw a season-best shot put mark of 20.37m (66-10) to place third. That gives him the sixth-best mark in the NCAA.
Umajesty Williams was the top finisher in the men's 200m with a time of 21.40. He was followed by Johnnie Blockburger (21.45), Tayvian Cunningham (21.58), Trevor Volpe (21.72), Trent Stimac (21.88) and Lesley Mahlakoane (22.58).
The men's 4x400m relay team of Blockburger, Calvin Wilson, Volpe and Williams clocked a season best time of 3:09.20 to place third.
Day One Highlights
Israel Oloyede improved his school record weight throw mark for a second time with a toss of 22.87m (75-0.5) on Friday, also good for a first-place finish and a meet record. His throw places him second in the NCAA.
In only her third collegiate race, Alyssa Blockburger won the 800m with a PR time of 2:10.46.
"I'm so proud of Alyssa because we always knew she was an 800m runner," said coach Harvey. "She's only been in the sport for three years so to run that fast in her third race, her competitiveness is just tremendous"
Both Trent Stimac and Trevor Volpe clocked PRs in the 60m dash with Stimac running 6.86 and Volpe clocking 6.94 in his first race of the season.
"Now what we're looking to do is get a couple of men who we feel have the potential to make it to the NCAA Championships in the 400m and 4x400m relay compete to qualify. We're primed and ready to go, just continuing our training process."
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