TUCSON, Ariz. – At the Desert Heat Classic, senior track and field athletes were honored before the race events began. Each senior has represented the Wildcat name with pride with great collegiate careers and performances.
In his Wildcat career, Megan Limits clocked a 6k PR of 22:45.9 during the UC Riverside Invitational. She ran a 23:55.1 in the 6k at David Murray Invitational to help secure team victory for the women’s team. Bounds was nominated for Pac-12 College Athlete of the Year and earned USTFCCCA Academic Team honors. Bounds is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public health and plans to apply to medical school after graduating.
Jaisen Brown threw a new PR at the Desert Heat Classic with a new best mark of 60.92m (199’10”) to place fourth on his senior day. In the shot put at the Jim Click Shootout in 2019 with a throw of 14 .95m (49’0.75″). Brown will earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration and hopes to enter Space Force after school
Jacob Chamberlin threw two personal bests in his senior season with a discus throw of 56.17 m (184’3″) and 64.34 m (211’1″) in the hammer throw. During the indoor season, he broke his shot put PR with a mark of 64’6.5″ (19.67m). After being GNAC Discus Champion at Concordia University before transferring in Arizona, Chamberlin placed third on the senior day at Desert Heat in the hammer throw.As a double major in English and history, Chamberlin plans to continue fighting fires in the Pacific Northwest after school.
Mady Christophe was the top female finisher at the 2021 Pac-12 Cross Country Championships. The distance runner set four personal bests in her final season as a Wildcat, including the 800m (2:14.84), 1,500m (4:29.26), mile (4:52.69 ) and the 3000m (9:54.69). At the Desert Heat Classic, she placed in the top eight in the 1500m. Christopher will earn a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and plans to pursue his Masters at USC.
Shem Kemboi established two PRs in his senior season as a Wildcat during the outdoor season with PR marks in the 3,000m and mile with times of 8:34.98 and 4:29.24 respectively. Kemboi placed in the top 12 in the 1500m at the Desert Heat Classic. Kemboi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public health and plans to apply for graduate school after graduation
Timothey Kibet added experience and consistency to Arizona’s distance team in his final season as a Wildcat. He won two new PRs in his senior year, with an 800m time of 1:51.90 at the ASU Invitational and a 1500m time of 3:55.23 at the Jim Click Shootout. Kibet placed seventh in the 1500m race on his senior day at the Desert Heat Classic. Kibet is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in political science and plans to go to graduate school after graduation.
Lilian Lowe was the second 2021 U.S. outdoor team and the 2019 first U.S. indoor team to qualify in the high jump for the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials. The senior high jumper won the high jump competition at the track and field championships indoor MPSF 2019. Her best high jump score was 6′-1.5″ (1.87m) at the Desert Heat Classic in 2021. Lowe has placed in the top three in every competition she has competed during his senior season as a Wildcat, winning the Jim Click Shootout at Roy P. Drachman Earning a master’s degree in real estate development, Lowe plans to move to Florida to work in commercial real estate.
Shannon Meisberger is the holder of several school records, including the 600m which she broke this season, running in 1:28.19 and the 600 years with a time of 1:19.60. She is also in the 4x400m relay which holds the current record of 3:30.67. Meisberger also finished with the seventh fastest 400m time at 52.61 and the fourth fastest 400m hurdles time at 55.70. The hurdler was the 2021 NCAA runner-up in the 400m hurdles and a 2021 first-team All-American as well as the 2019 outdoor All-American (400m hurdles, 4x400m). She also qualified for the semi-finals of the 2021 Olympic Trials. During her senior day at the Desert Heat Classic, she earned her eighth victory of the season with a first-place finish in the 400m hurdles. Finishing her master’s degree in classical archaeology, Meisberger wishes to pursue her doctorate and pursue her career as a leader.
Samantha Noennig is the school record holder in the indoor shot put with a collegiate best throw of 18.25m (59′-10.5″). She has the fourth best outdoor shot put in the history of the Arizona at 18.17m (59′-7.5″) and the sixth-best drive at 55.09m (180′-9″). Noennig enjoyed resounding success during her stint in college athletics, becoming the champion 2021 and 2019 Pac-12 Shot Put Champion, 2019 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Shot Put Champion, and 2019 MPSF Shot Put Champion. She is a six-time All-American and was named in the Cosida 2020 First All-Academic Team. She is another Wildcat who competed in the Olympic shot put trials and reached the final in the shot put She placed second at the Desert Heat Classic in the shot put and fourth in the disc to complete his senior day. Noennig is finishing a master’s degree in public health and wants to attend a PA school. ation after graduation.
Tiana Poirier Shelton is a Wildcats senior jumper who has the ninth-best long jump in school history with a jump of 6.07m (19’11”). Poirier-Shelton also boasts the seventh-best triple jump with 12, 20m (40’0.5″) . At the Desert Heat Classic, the jumper finished in the top 15 in the women’s long jump. She holds a master’s degree in public health.
Kaelyn Shpiley ends her career in Arizona with the school record in the new javelin (since 1999) with a throw of 51.02 m. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural technical management and plans to work on a coffee farm in Hawaii after graduation.
Thirty Stimac has a better mark in Arizona in the 100m with a time of 10.51. He competed as a member of the 4×100 relay team that placed third at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 40.10. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife conservation and management and after college Stimac would move to California and work for one of the conservation centers there.
Trevor Volpe was a vital part of the Pac-12 Championship 4x100m relay team that placed second in 2019 and third in 2021. In the 60m, his fastest mark was 6.86 to go along with the highest marks in 10.51 in the 100m and 20.91 in the 200m. Volpe is completing a master’s degree in business analysis and an MBA.
School record holder in the 4x400m relay, running the opening run to finish with a time of 3:03.58. He holds the fifth fastest 400 m time in school history with a time of 45.76. Williams was an outside All-American in the 4x400m relay in 2019 and 2021 as well as a Pac-12 4x400m champion in 2018. At the Desert Heat Classic for his senior day, he finished seventh in the 400m and third in the 4x400m relay. A graduate with a bachelor’s degree in General Studies Science Technology Health Society, Williams will continue his sprinting career as a member of the Team Philippines national team.
Calvin Wilson also holds a school record with Maj Williams in the 4x400m relay, where he ran the return leg on the team in 3:03.58. Wilson recorded the ninth fastest time in school history in the 400 m hurdles with a time of 51.24. His 400m PR is just outside the top 10 in school history with a 46.33. During his career, he was a 2021 All-American Outdoor in the 4x400m relay and ran a leg on the 4×400 relay team that placed second at the Pac-12 Championships that same year. At the Desert Heat Classic, he placed sixth in the 400m hurdles and was part of the third-placed 4x400m relay team. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies with a specialization in sport and society and plans to complete his master’s degree.