Track and Field Faces In-State Rivals at Indoor Double Dual Friday
Feb. 14, 2001
This Week -- Arizona State track and field will face in-state rivals Arizona and Northern Arizona at the annual indoor double dual at the Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz. this Friday, Feb. 16. Field events are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., while running events will begin at 6 p.m. The Arizona Wildcats are the only team of the group ranked in the indoor Top-25 Trackwire.com poll, as the women check in tied for 16th and the men are tied for 19th.
The Series -- The indoor double dual between ASU, Arizona and NAU has been held every year in Flagstaff since 1990. The ASU men are 4-7 against the Wildcats and have won the last three straight meetings including last year's 79-69 victory. Against the Lumberjacks, the ASU men are 3-7-1 overall but have won the last two straight, last year by 82-64. ASU's women are 3-7 against Arizona, having lost seven straight after winning the first three meetings (that series began in 1991). The Sun Devil women are 7-4 against NAU, winning last year 101-58.
Recent Results -- ASU sent split squads to the Iowa State Classic and the Flagstaff Invitational last weekend, adding three more NCAA provisional qualifying marks. Due to weather conditions, only a small contigent actually made it to Ames, Iowa, but the Sun Devils made their prescence known. Seniors Mary Duerbeck and Kelly MacDonald finished one-two in the women's 5000m, recording qualifying times of 16:44.46 and 16:46.04, respectively. Duerbeck's winning effort was a personal best, ranking second on the all-time indoor list behind MacDonald's school record 16:13.41. Freshman sprinter Jason Barton missed qualifying in the 400m, but turned in an impressive effort, placing sixth of 80 competitors in a time of 47.42. Back in Flagstaff, five Sun Devils picked up individual wins, sweeping the men's and women's high jump and 60m hurdles. True freshman Ebon Glenn earned a provisional qualifying mark, winning the men's high jump with a personal best effort of 7 feet, 1.5 inches. Junior Olivia Mazzaglia won the women's high jump with a personal best as well, 5-7.25. Junior Tony Galaviz and redshirt-freshman Seneca Holmes took home the 60mH titles, in times of 7.93aa and 8.48aa respectively. Senior Adrienne Judie posted a PQ in the shot put (49-3.00), but did not exceed her season-best effort. Rounding out ASU title winners was senior Jennifer Bridgeman, taking the women's 800m with a season-best time of 2:17.26.
Site of MPSF Championships Changed -- The MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championship Meet, originally scheduled to be held in the Spruce Goose Dome in Long Beach, has been moved to the Walkup Skydome at Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. The meet will still be held Feb. 23 and 24. For more information, go to www.mpsports.org.
Up Next --Opportunities for the Sun Devils to earn their NCAA championship qualifying marks are dwindling as the brief indoor season is already nearing its end with the MPSF Championships scheduled for next weekend, Feb. 23-24 in Flagstaff. After that only one more weekend remains as the Sun Devils could see action in a variety of 'last chance' qualifying meets March 2.
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