Track and Field Closes Out Pac-12 Invitational
SEATTLE, Wash. – The Wildcats close out the Pac-12 Invitational with 18 personal records, two event winners and multiple podium finishes along with two athletes (Jordan Geist and Samantha Noennig) being sent to the NCAA Indoor Championships that will take place on Mar. 11-12. Geist and Noennig both qualified in the shot put.
Day Two Highlights
Talie Bonds started the second day of competition by tying the school record for the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.16 to place second in the event. She also finished in second for the women's high jump with a height of 1.75m.
Samantha Noennig got herself on the podium of the women's shot put with a throw of 16.77m to end in third place with fellow Wildcat Mackenna Orie following close behind in sixth with a toss of 15.70m. Jordan Geist added to the solid throwing performance with a throw of 20.59m in the shot put to place second in the event.
Neysia Howard continued her impressive Pac-12 performance with a third-straight race with a PR in the 60m finals with a time of 7.40. Shannon Meisberger and Anna Foreman joined her in the PR club during the 400m dash, where Meisberger took third with a time of 53.13 and Foreman took sixth with a time of 54.27.
Dominic Gehr represented the Wildcats well in the first day of the heptathlon with two third place finishes in the high jump (1.96m) and the shot put (PR – 13.11m). In his second day, he tied his PR in the pole vault section with a jump of 4.70m and set a new PR in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.49. He finished the heptathlon with a new overall PR of 5,279 points to finish in third.
Day One Highlights
Katie Daily started off the meet with an impressive performance in the women's pole vault where she vaulted a collegiate PR of 4.17m to win the event and become a Pac-12 Invitational Champion.
Skylar Sieben was the second Wildcat to win their event and become a Pac-12 Invitational Champion as she put up an overall PR in the pentathlon with 4,072 points. She earned personal bests in three of the five events (60m Hurdles – 8.57, Shot put – 12.25m, 800m – 2:21.51) and never placed lower than the top four in any event.
Neysia Howard brought her all in the first day of the invitational with a second-place finish in the 200m dash with an indoor PR of 24.13 while also qualifying for the finals in the 60m dash with another PR of 7.42. Trayvion White-Austin mirrored his fellow sprinter by qualifying for the 60m dash finals with a PR of 6.70 and a second-place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 21.17.
Reinaldo Rodrigues closed out the meet for the Wildcats with an indoor PR of his own in the men's long jump with a distance of 7.24m to place within the top five of the event.
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