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Track and Field and Cross Country Welcome 15 New Wildcats

Dec 14, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Track and Field and Cross Country is thrilled to welcome 15 new Track Cats to the program. Noah Jodon, Ian Isaac Sanchez Lopez, Iker David Sanchez Lopez, Logan Marek, Michael Ogbeiwi, James Onanubosi, Cooper Quigley, Esther Akinlosotu, Mia Chavez, Emma Gates, Tapenisa Havea, Erin Tack and Taylen Wise have all announced their official committment.

"I am very excited about the class we have signed to this point," said head coach Fred Harvey. "This is by far the largest early signing class during my time as the head coach. All credit goes to the staff and our ability to recruit as a family. All egos put aside, we all supported the program's needs first. We needed more depth in the distance area, so the coaches supported that effort and got the job done. We signed some of the top distance runners from Mexico and the U.S.. We also filled needs in all areas of the program by signing some of the top U20 jumpers, sprinters, throwers and hurdlers in the U.S. and the world."

Meet the Newcomers:

Noah Jodon | Desert Vista High School; Phoenix, Ariz.; Distance, XC

  • 2021 Arizona State Champion, XC
  • XC 3-mile: 14:44
  • 1600m: 4:15

Ian Isaac Sanchez Lopez
| CNAR Mexico City; Aguascalientes, Mexico; Distance, XC

  • National champion in the 5000m and placed third in the 1500m
  • 5k: 14:22
  • 1500m: 3:49

Iker David Sanchez Lopez | CNAR Mexico City; Aguascalientes, Mexico; Distance, XC

  • Placed second in the 1500m and third in the 5000m at National U20 Championships
  • 5k: 14:26
  • 1500m: 3:49

Logan Marek | Ironwood Ridge High School; Tucson, Ariz.; Distance, XC

  • 2021 Arizona State Runner-Up, XC
  • XC 5k: 14:43
  • 1600m: 4:12

Michael Ogbeiwi | Kamloops, Canada; Throws

  • 4x Canadian Champion
  • #1 ranked high school thrower in Canada
  • #3 ranked U18 shot putter in the world
  • Shot put: 20.59m (67-7)
  • Hammer: 63.44m (208-1)
  • Discus: 56.07m (184-0)
  • Weight throw: 23.46m (77-0)

James Onanubosi | Bishop Kelly High School; Boise, Idaho; Sprints

  • Idaho State Champion, 100m
  • 4A 100m state record holder
  • 100m: 10.53
  • 200m: 21.45

Cooper Quigley | Selah High School; Selah, Wash.; Distance, XC

  • 2021 Washington State Champion, XC
  • XC 5k: 14:42
  • Mile: 4:11

Carl Hicks | IMG Academy; Baltimore, Md.; Sprints

  • Joining the team in January for the Indoor Season
  • 200m: 21.78
  • 400m: 48.78


Esther Akinlosotu | Federal Way High School; Federal Way, Wash.; Long jump, triple jump

  • Placed third at Junior Olympics in the U19 triple jump
  • Triple jump: 40-1.5

Mia Chavez | Chino High School; Chino, Calif.; Middle distance, XC

  • 2021 CIF Southern California State Champion, XC
  • 2020 California State Champion, 800m
  • 2020 Arcadia Invitational Champion, 1 mile
  • XC 3-mile: 16:36
  • 800m: 2:08.12

Emma Gates | Cascade High School; Turner, Ore.; High Jump

  • Ranked #2 in high school women's high jump
  • 3x Oregon State Champion
  • High Jump: 1.81m (5-11)

Tapenisa Havea | St. Andrew's College; Christchurch, New Zealand; Throws

  • Top scholastic shot put and discus thrower in New Zealand this year
  • Shot put: 15.21m (49-11)
  • Discus: 52.76m (173-0)

Erin Tack | Kelso Senior High School; Kelso, Wash.; Throws

  • Top ranked javelin thrower in Washington this year
  • Javelin: 142-0

Taylen Wise | Ronald Reagan High School; San Antonio, Texas; Long jump, triple jump, hurdles

  • Long jump: 18-10.5
  • Triple jump: 39-7.5
  • 300mH: 43.59
  • 100m: 12.21
  • 200m: 25.42
  • 60m: 7.98

Avery Segura | Vandergrift High School; Austin, Texas; Sprints, Jumps

  • Long Jump: 15-6
  • Triple Jump: 38-10.5
  • 400m: 56.88

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