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Arizona Wildcats impress in first track meet of the season

Sydney Richardson

Arizona track and field athlete Pau Tonneson long jumps during the Jim Click Shootout on April 9, 2015 at Roy P. Drachman Stadium.

The Arizona Wildcats earned several first-place finishes in their inaugural track & field meet of the season at the Friday Night Duels hosted by Northern Arizona University.

Junior Rachel Johns began the day with a narrow first place finish in the women’s 60 meter dash, finishing with a time of 7.57. Arizona dominated the women’s 400 meter dash, with senior Sage Watson and sophomore Diana Gajda finishing in first and second place with times of 52.18 and 53.60, respectively.

The women’s team also had a strong performance in the 60 meter hurdles, once again finishing first and second on the leaderboards. Freshman April Sutton won the event with a score of 8.67, with teammate Tiana Bonds finishing closely behind her at 8.77 to capture second place.

Arizona finished first in the women’s 4×400 meter relay, finishing with a time of 3:45.04. The team, made up of sophomores Gajda and Brena Andrews, and seniors Watson and Jasper Gray, won the event by over 10 seconds.

On the men’s side, senior Miles Parish captured first place in the 600 meter run with a time of 1:18.41.

The team of seniors Bryce Houston and Miles Parish, sophomore Daniel Egbo and freshman Zakee Washington took first place in the men’s 4×400 meter relay, finishing with a time of 3:12.42, almost five seconds faster than second-place Arizona State (3:17.32).

Both the men’s and the women’s team did well in the high jump event, with senior Lisanne Hagens taking home first place with a jump of 1.85m. Closely behind her was freshman Karla Teran, securing second place with a jump of 1.80m. On the men’s side, freshman Justice Summerset took first place with a 2.21m jump performance.

The Arizona Wildcats will be traveling to Nashville, Tennessee next weekend to compete in the Vanderbilt Invitational.

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