The University of Arizona Wildcat men's and No. 12 women's track and field teams are set to compete at the Pac-12 Championships in Pullman, Wash. The meet will take place on May 17-18 at Washington State's Mooberry Track and Field Complex. At the 2013 Pac-12 Championships, the women's squad earned a runner-up finish and the men finished in seventh place overall. Heading into the weekend, the women's team already has six points thanks to senior heptathlete Amber Passalaqua while the men have two points due to sophomore decathlete Harrison Ivie's work last weekend.
Arizona will compete against Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) released the week six rankings for the 2014 outdoor season on May 13. The men's team is no longer ranked and the women are ranked 12th. In the men's rankings, Oregon is third, UCLA is 12th, USC is 15th and Stanford is 22nd. On the women's side, Oregon is No. 3, Stanford is No. 10, USC is No. 11, Arizona State is No. 17 and Colorado is No. 24.
For the men's field events on Saturday, Arizona will begin the day with redshirt freshman Jordan Young in the hammer throw competition at 12 p.m. MST. At 3:30 p.m. MST, redshirt senior Nick Ross and freshman Avery Mickens will long jump. Ivie will compete in the javelin competition at 4 p.m. Young, redshirt freshman Aaron Castle and junior Daniel Whitham will throw the shot put at 4 p.m.
On the track on Friday for the men, the preliminary round of the men's 4x100-meter relay will begin at 1 p.m. with the Wildcats running Mickens, junior Mohammad Alhasan, freshman John Kane and freshman Bryce Houston. Senior Lawi Lalang, freshman Collins Kibet and sophomore Sam Willis will represent the Wildcats in the preliminary round of the 1,500-meter race at 1:40 p.m. At 2:50 p.m., Houston and freshman Miles Parish will compete in the preliminary round of the 400 meters. Alhasan will also compete in the 100-meter dash preliminary round at 3:20 p.m. Kibet will run in the preliminary 800-meter race as well at 3:50 p.m. Junior Kenji Bierig and sophomore Thomas Valente will run in the 3,00-meter steeplechase final at 4:25 p.m. Junior Neil Houlihan will run the 400-meter hurdles preliminary at 5 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., Alhasan will run in the preliminary round of the 200-meter dash.
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