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UA’s Smith Rewrites Record Books & 8 Cats perform at NCAA Track & Field Championships

AUSTIN, Texas – The NCAA Championships opened competition on Wednesday, June 5 in Austin, Texas. Highlighting the opening day of the competition was James Smith, who set an Arizona School Record, and Jordan Geist who was tabbed as a First-Team All-American. Here’s more from Wednesday’s early newscast:

Mr. Smith
Freshman James Smith clocked a time of 49.67 in the 400-meter hurdles to qualify on time for the final. His time was good for a new PR for the second race in a row and betters his Arizona School and Freshman Records. Smith will hear the gun go off at 6:57 p.m. MST on Friday night.

Make it Four
Jordan Geist wrapped up the NCAA Championships with a third-place finish in the shot put. The sophomore earned First-Team All-American status with a toss of 20.31m (66-7.75). Geist is now a four-time First-Team All-American in the event.

Moving On
Senior Bailey Roth wrapped up the opening day of the NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish in his 3K steeplechase heat. He clocked a time of 8:46.28 to finish fifth overall. Roth will toe the line on Friday at 5:54 p.m. MST.

The Cats will resume the NCAA Championships tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. MST with Tatum Waggoner competing in the 400-meter dash.

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