FREEPORT, BAHAMAS – The Arizona Track and Field team will begin the 2023 outdoor season in the Bahamas for the Island Relays this Friday and Saturday.
“This trip is everything we are about regarding the Wildcat Way,” said Head Coach Fred Harvey. “Athletics allows us to support our world community and experience aspects of life otherwise not provided to most. We are going to compete with some of the best programs and coaches at the NCAA level, provide true world community service, as well as allow our student-athletes to experience another way of life.”
The competition gets started on Friday at 7:00 a.m. MST with the women’s javelin. An opening ceremony will then commence prior to the running events beginning at 2:45 p.m. MST with the women’s 400m hurdles. On Saturday, the women’s 3k will start off the day at 6:00 a.m. MST. Field events will begin soon thereafter, with the shot put starting at 7:00 a.m. MST. Finally, a closing ceremony will wrap up the competition at 1:15 p.m. MST on Saturday. Live results for all the events can be found here.
The Wildcats come into the outdoor season after a very successful outing at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Three competitors received All-America honors: Jordan Geist, Talie Bonds, and Alexa Porpaczy. Geist had an incredible performance in the shot put, winning the event and being crowned an NCAA Champion. He had a dominant season, leading the NCAA in the event from the first indoor meet of the year. He finished as a First Team All-American and was also an Honorable Mention All-American in the weight throw. Bonds finished seventh overall in the 60m hurdles and was named a First Team All-American as well. Additionally, Porpaczy placed 14th overall in the high jump and finished as a Second Team All-American.
Throughout the indoor season, Arizona saw three school records be broken. Jordan Geist reset his own indoor shot put record with a throw of 21.48m (70-5.75). Furthermore, Talie Bonds broke the 60m hurdles record three times this season and matched it again at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 8.01. Trayvion White-Austin also went sub-21 seconds in the 200m, breaking the school record with a time of 20.97.
During the season, the Wildcats also had a total of 10 competitors win an individual event: Geist (shot put, weight throw), Bonds…
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