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Wildcats Shine on Day One of Willie Williams Classic

Wildcats Shine on Day One of Willie Williams Classic


TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Track & Field opened day one of the Willie Williams Classic at Drachman Stadium in a dominant fashion on Friday. To kick off the two-day competition, the team logged six event wins and 15 top-three finishes on the day. The jumps squad in particular saw a handful of personal bests along with a sweep in the women’s long jump and a first and third-place finish in the men’s long jump.
 
TOP-THREE FINISHES
Jenica Bosko – First, Women’s Long Jump
Tapenisa Havea – First, Women’s Shot Put
Jared O’Riley – First, Men’s Javelin
Cooper Quigley – First, Men’s Steeplechase
Antonia Sanchez Nunez – First, Women’s 400m Hurdles
Sir Jonathan Sims – First, Men’s Long Jump
Jesse Avina – Second, Men’s Javelin
Ian Sanchez Lopez – Second, Men’s 5000m
Sydnie Vanek – Second, Women’s Long Jump
Ava David – Third, Women’s Hammer Throw
Lauryn Ford – Third, Women’s Long Jump
Sam Hala’ufia – Third, Men’s Discus
Keilee Hall – Third, Women’s 400m Hurdles
Reinaldo Rodrigues – Third, Men’s Long Jump
Trayvion White-Austin – Third, Men’s 200m
 
FIELD HIGHLIGHTS
The Wildcats absolutely dominated in the day’s jumping events. Sir Jonathan Sims posted a huge personal best leap of 26-1.75 (7.97m) in the men’s long jump to win the event. That puts Sims fourth all-time in school history. Reinaldo Rodrigues also jumped a personal best mark of 25-10 (7.87m) to place third overall and move up to sixth all-time in school history.
 
In the women’s long jump, Arizona swept the podium, finishing first, second, and third in the event. Jenica Bosko won the event with a leap of 21-4 (6.50m) which matches her personal best that is also the second longest jump in school history. Freshman Sydnie Vanek, who is also on Arizona’s Volleyball team, placed second in her collegiate debut with a mark of 20-2.5 (6.16m). Senior Lauryn Ford finished third overall with a personal record of 19-11.5 (6.08m), meaning all three Wildcats went over six meters on the day.
 
The Wildcats finished first and second overall in the men’s javelin, with Jared O’Riley winning the event and Jesse Avina finishing runner-up. O’Riley’s best throw of the day was 218-11 (66.73m) and Avina’s best was a personal record of 218-5 (66.59m). In the women’s javelin, freshman Aislin Martinez-Pompa placed fourth overall.
 
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