ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Arizona Track and Field has three competitors heading to the NCAA Indoor Championships this Friday and Saturday: Talie Bonds, Jordan Geist, and Alexa Porpaczy.
“I am extremely excited for the athletes we are taking to the NCAA Indoor Championships,” said Head Coach Fred Harvey. “It is by far the hardest NCAA Championship to advance to. Only the top 16 individual athletes, and top 12 relay teams qualify. Some of the best athletes in the world will not qualify by one centimeter, or one one thousandth of a second. We are ready to Bear Down and bring honor to Wildcat Country.”
The three Wildcats qualified for the championship event after posting marks/times within the top 16 of the NCAA in their respective competitions. Geist will compete in both the shot put, where he is ranked first in the NCAA, and the weight throw, where he is ranked 13th. The weight throw will be held at 7:00 p.m. MST on Friday, while the shot put will also take place at 7:00 p.m. MST on Saturday. Additionally, Bonds will be running in the 60m hurdles where she is ranked eighth. The preliminary round for the event is on Friday at 4:55 p.m. MST, and the final will be held on Saturday at 4:40 p.m. MST. Finally, Porpaczy will be competing in the high jump, where she is ranked 14th. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. MST on Saturday. Results for all the events can be found here. The championships can also be streamed on ESPN+.
Bonds’ indoor season has been full of record-breaking performances. In the season opener at the Lumberjack Team Challenge, she ran a time of 8.10 in the 60m hurdles final to set a new school record, a new personal best, and win the event. She followed that up by lowering the school record to 8.08 at the Texas Tech Open Multi’s, where she placed second. The next week, at the Don Kirby Invitational, she reset the record for the third time, running an 8.01 and finishing third.
At her most recent meet, the Ken Shannon Invitational, Bonds clocked a time of 8.05 and finished second overall, as she looks to go sub-eight seconds for the first time. Additionally, Bonds just barely missed the qualifying cut in the high jump, with her season best leap of 1.81m (5-11.25).
Geist started the year off in an incredible fashion, winning the shot put at the Lumberjack Team Challenge…
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