Ten Wildcats Punch Tickets to Eugene, Men Break 4x4 School Record
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Arizona Track and Field wrapped up the 2021 NCAA West Prelims on Saturday with a total of ten Wildcats punching their tickets to Eugene over the weekend.
The men's 4x400 relay team of Umajesty Williams, Calvin Wilson, Isaac Davis and Johnnie Blockburger qualified with a fourth place overall finish. The team clocked a time of 3:04.10, which not only guaranteed them a spot in Eugene, but also broke the Arizona all-time school record. The record previously belonged to the 2015 team of Blake Eichler, Pete Lauderdale II, Bryce Houston and Miles Parish with a time of 3:04.51.
Blockburger and Williams are both headed to Hayward Field to compete in both the 4x400 relay as well as the open 400m. Blockburger finished 10th overall with a time of 45.72 and Williams followed in 12th, clocking a PR 45.76. Williams' time moves him up to fifth on Arizona's all-time list while Blockburger remains the school record holder with his historic time of 44.71.
Shannon Meisberger placed second in the 400m hurdles quarterfinals with a time of 56.88, good to send her to the semifinals in Oregon.
The women's 4x400 relay team of Meisberger, Neysia Howard, Gracie Reinholz and Alyssa Blockburger clocked a season best time of 3:36.08, but missed the cut by one spot.
Lillian Lowe and Justice Summerset both punched their tickets to Eugene in the high jump. Summerset topped the west region after getting over the bar at 2.19m (7-2.25) and clearing each height in only one attempt. Lowe took 10th, clearing a height of 1.80m (5-10.75). Karla Teran and Alexa Porpaczy both got over the bar at 1.77m (5-9.75) to close out their season.
Jordan Geist will head to Oregon to compete in both the shot put and hammer throw. He finished third in the shot put with a mark of 20.11m (65-11.75) and third in the hammer throw with a toss of 20.11m (65-11.75). Israel Oloyede will join Geist in the hammer throw after qualifying with a mark of 68.71m (225-5) and a sixth place finish.
Samantha Noennig's shot put mark of 17.90m (58-8.75) and second place finish will send her to the finals in Eugene.
Skylar Sieben will also travel to Eugene to compete in the heptathlon. Without a regional combined events meet, the top 24 athletes in the NCAA automatically punch their ticket . Sieben's PR score of 5,635 that came at the Pac-12 Championships ranks her 19th in the country. She will open up the heptathlon on Friday, June 11th.
Competition will begin on Wednesday, June 9th with Geist and Oloyede opening in the hammer throw at 2:30 p.m. MST. The schedule of events can be found here.
A complete recap of the meet will be posted to ArizonaWildcats.com. You can also follow @ArizonaTrack on twitter throughout the day for live updates.
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