Wildcats Host Desert Heat Classic
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Track and Field will host their third meet of the outdoor season at Roy P. Drachman with the Desert Heat Classic after the Wildcats' week off. The meet will take place on Saturday, April 30 starting at Noon MST with the hammer throw featuring Ava David and Jakob Chamberlin. The running events will begin after the Senior Awards Presentation at 5:00 p.m. MST.
59 athletes will compete at Desert Heat including Shannon Meisberger, Talie Bonds, Lillian Lowe, Reinaldo Rodrigues, Skylar Sieben, and Samantha Noennig, who all place in the top-25 in the NCAA in their events as they head into this competition against some of the best athletes in the country.
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.
In their last competition, the Wildcats traveled to three different meets: the Mt. Sac Relays, the Bryan Clay Invitational and the Beach Invitational.
At Mt. Sac, Talie Bonds qualified for the 100m hurdles to begin the second day for the Cats with a time of 13.27 before finishing in the top seven in the finals with a 13.40. The women's 4x400m relay ended the second day of competition with a second-place time of 3:38.80 featuring Jenica Bosko, Anna Foreman, Dior Asemota, and Shannon Meisberger.
Jakob Chamberlin finished the finals of the discus with a new PR of 56.17m (184'-3") to place sixth. Mackenna Orie mirrored her fellow Wildcat with a PR and a sixth-place finish in the women's shot put with a final mark of 16.34m (53'-7.5").
Reinaldo Rodrigues highlighted a great second day for the jumpers with a third-place finish in the long jump, finishing with a mark of 7.73m. Alexa Porpaczy showed off her skills in the women's high jump with a second-place jump of 1.80m.
Grace Driskill kicked off the distance crew with a new PR and a sixth-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:14.89. This time is the fourth-fastest in the steeplechase in Arizona Track history. Alisa Lyesina followed suit in the 800m run by smashing her previous PR with a top-15 finish and a time of 2:04.95.
Samantha Noennig was the highlight of the Beach Invite with a first place win in the women's shot put with a throw of 16.58m (54'-2.75") while fellow Wildcat Mackenna Orie throwing a new PR of 16.38m (53'-9") to place third.
Dior Asemota, Talie Bonds, Jenica Bosko, Megan Bounds, Maddy Christopher, Katie Daily, Ava David, Mackenzie Dilworth, Grace Driskill, Anna Foreman, Grace Hala'ufia, Neysia Howard, Meggie Karp, Ajaysha Lewis, Lauryn Love, Lillian Lowe, Alisa Lyesina, Shannon Meisberger, Johnnie Mitchell, Presley Money, Athena Montgomery, Samantha Noennig, Mackenna Orie, Rylee Perkins, Tiana Poirier-Shelton, Alexa Porpaczy, Hollan Powers, Diana Ramos, Xahria Santiago, Skylar Sieben
Luke Biondolillo, Brandon Bounds, Jaisen Brown, Jakob Chamberlin, Isaac Davis, Zachary Extine, Dominic Gehr, Jordan Geist, Tanner Hagstrom, Logan Hasher, Carl Hicks, Damien Jackson, Jacorey Jones, Jacob Kauffman, Shem Kemboi, Razeen Khaldun, Timothy Kibet, Tanner Kippes, Youssef Koudssi, Zach Landa, Parker Lehmann, Coleton O'Donnell, Jared O'Riley, Diego Marquez, Reinaldo Rodrigues, Ian Sanchez Lopez, Iker Sanchez Lopez, Ayden Schilb, Trent Stimac, Trayvion White-Austin, Umajesty Williams, Calvin Wilson, Ivan Zaharchenko