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Geist named Pac-12 Men’s Track and Field Freshman of the Year

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Jordan Geist prepares to release a shot put during the Desert Heat Classic on April 28, at the Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.

Freshman standout thrower Jordan Geist was named the Pac-12 Men’s Track and Field Freshman of the Year. This award is just one of Geist’s many outstanding highlights of only his freshman season at Arizona.

At the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships in Stanford, Calif., Geist won the discus and the shot put finals for the Wildcats. Geist is the first freshman to double in and win the discus and the shot put events.

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Throughout the season, Geist went undefeated and even garnered the Pac-12 Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honors three separate times. Geist is also the first freshman to ever win the shot put title in the elite Pac-12 conference.

Earlier this season, Geist was named to the Bowerman Mid-Indoor Watchlist, which is considered one of track and field’s highest honors at the collegiate level.

Geist holds the Pac-12 lead in the discus throw with a mark of 188 feet and 10 inches. He posted a season-best mark of 20.06 meters to become the first freshman to win the Pac-12 title and also holds the conference lead in the discus throw with a mark of 57.56m, a mark that was able to win Geist the conference title.

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