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Wildcats Finish Day One of the Tucson Throws Elite Classic

Wildcats Finish Day One of the Tucson Throws Elite Classic


TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Track & Field wrapped up day one of the Tucson Throws Elite Classic on Thursday at Drachman Stadium. The throws-only meet featured several Wildcats competing alongside collegiate and professional throwers.
 
FIELD HIGHLIGHTS
Sam Hala’ufia finished seventh in the men’s discus with a personal best throw of 190-11 (58.19m). That mark puts him tenth all-time in school history in the event. Additionally, Hala’ufia has now posted a personal best mark in all six discus competitions he’s participated in this outdoor season. Tapenisa Havea finished sixth in the women’s discus with a throw of 166-11 (50.88m).
 
In the men’s shot put, Tyler Michelini notched a fourth-place finish, posting a mark of 58-11.5 (17.97m). Sam Hala’ufia placed sixth with his second personal best mark of the day which was 56-10.25 (17.33m). Additionally, Michael Ogbeiwi finished seventh in the event. In the women’s shot put, Tapenisa Havea finished seventh with a throw of 51-7 (15.72m). Hollan Powers also posted a personal best mark in the event.
 
Jesse Avina and Jared O’Riley finished sixth and seventh in the men’s javelin. Avina’s best mark on the day was 214-11 (65.51m) and O’Riley’s best was 213-5 (65.06m). Aislin Martinez-Pompa ended in fifth place in the women’s javelin with a throw of 148-3 (45.20m).
 
Ava David started the day off for the Wildcats, posting a throw of 192-2 (58.57m) in the women’s hammer throw.
 
UP NEXT
The Tucson Throws Elite Classic will conclude on Saturday. The competition is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. MST at Drachman Stadium. The site will also be the host of the USATF Throws Festival, which is a separate meet that will get underway at 2:30 p.m. MST.
 
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