In their first action as a full team after the conclusion of the indoor season, the track and field team had one of their best performances of their short outdoor season in the Jim Click Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. this weekend.
With 134 points, the men’s team finished in second place – only 14 points behind the winners, Washington State, and two more than the third place finishers, Arizona.
The women’s team finished with 98 points, good enough for fourth place – just one point behind third place Air Force and 95 points behind the first place Cougars.
In his last season with the Wildcats, senior sprinter Carlos Rodriguez is leaving it all out there for the purple and white. He had a career weekend in Tucson. Rodriguez took gold in each of three events that he was entered in. With times of 10.38 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 20.83 seconds in the 200-meter dash, Rodrigues raced for the third and second best wind-aided times in school history in the respective events.
In women’s javelin, freshman Danie Plank threw for 51.00 meters. In only the second event of her young career, Plank etched her name in the school record book, having the fourth longest throw in school history. Plank improved her personal best by almost eight meters, throwing for 43.73 meters in her first collegiate competition at the Emporia State Open on March 29.
Sophomore thrower Dani Winters also had a career day in Tucson, having personal best throws in both the shot put and discuss events with marks of 14.33- and 48.71-meters in the respective events.
The track team’s next action comes next weekend, as they split their team to travel to both the Kansas Relays in Lawrence and the Mount SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.