Track and Field Heads to MPSF Indoor Championships
Feb. 21, 2001
This Week --
Arizona State track and field will compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Arizona at the Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz., Friday, Feb. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 24. The meet begins Friday at 6 p.m., while Saturday's action begins at 11 a.m.
About the MPSF --
The MPSF Championships were originally scheduled for Long Beach, Calif., but were relocated to Northern Arizona's Walkup Skydome due to lack of funding. The Pac-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field, therefore the nine Pac-10 schools with track and field participate in the MPSF, along with schools from the Big West Conference.
National Rankings --
The Arizona State women have jumped back into the national rankings this week, checking in at No. 25 in the Feb. 20 Trackwire.com poll after a three-week absence. The ASU men have failed to appear in this season's top-25, according to Trackwire. The Sun Devils will be meeting a handful of ranked opponents at this weekend's MPSF Indoor Championships. On the women's side, UCLA is ranked No. 1 while Stanford is tied for 13th and Arizona is ranked 15th. In the men's poll, Stanford holds a No. 2 ranking, while Washington is ranked 13th, Arizona is tied for 20th and Washington State is tied for 24th.
Last Year at the MPSF Championships--
Senior Dwight Phillips and freshman Tiffany Greer captured conference long jump titles, leading the Sun Devils at the 2000 MPSF Championships in Reno, Nev. last season. Phillips' winning effort of 25 feet, 9.5 inches broke a 16-year-old ASU indoor record and automatically qualified himself for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Phillips broke his own record two weeks later at nationals. Greer paired with junior Valerie Williams to finish one-two in the long jump, turning in marks of 20-7.25 and 20-7.0, respectively. As a team, the ASU men finished eighth of eight teams with 24 points. Stanford took top honors, winning the team race with 142 points. The Sun Devil women placed seventh of 11 teams, recording a total of 26.5 points. Washington State won the team competition with 136.5 points.
Recent Results -- The Sun Devil men and women each split versus their in-state rivals at the annual double dual with Arizona and Northern Arizona, but earned three automatic qualifying marks and five provisional marks last Friday. The ASU men defeated Arizona 79-76, but fell to NAU 77-76. The women defeated NAU, 91-57, but fell to Arizona 79-78. Highlighting the list of automatic qualifiers was senior Michael Campbell, running the second fastest indoor 400m time in the nation so far this season in 46.22. Campbell's indoor personal best also ranks as the second fastest indoor 400m in the ASU record books. Sophomore Tiffany Greer turned in the second best effort in the nation in her respective event as well, recording a leap of 21 feet, 0.5 inches in the long jump. Rounding out ASU's three automatic qualifiers, senior Adrienne Judie, who continues to improve upon her existing school record in the weight-throw, posted a personal best of 64-10.00. Judie also earned a provisional mark in the shot put with a second-place effort of 49-3.75, but did not exceed her season best mark set at the NAU Invitational Feb. 3. Senior Tony Berrian finished second in the 400m just behind Campbell, with provisional qualifying and season best time of 46.34, the fourth fastest time in the nation. Senior Kelly MacDonald won the women's mile with a provisional qualifying time of 4:44.96 (alt. adj.), an indoor personal best and second fastest time in ASU women's indoor history. Senior Vince Jones earned a PQ winning the 60m in 6.66aa, as did junior Tony Galaviz, winning the 60m hurdles with a PQ of 7.89aa, though not a season-best. ASU's men and women won a total of 11 individual meet titles including the women's 1600m relay and men's and women's distance medley relay. For the third consecutive meet, freshman Ebon Glenn and junior Olivia Mazzaglia won the men's and women's high jump titles, as Glenn cleared 6-9.75 and Mazzaglia cleared 5-7. For the second-straight meet, redshirt-freshman Seneca Holmes won the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.50aa.
How ASU Stacks Up in the MPSF --
ASU track and field athletes sit atop the MPSF leaderboard in many events going into this weekend's conference championships. On the men's side, junior Tony Galaviz has the fastest 60m hurdle time of 7.83aa. ASU male sprinters dominate the 400m list, as seniors Michael Campbell and Tony Berrian sit one and two on the leaderboard with times of 46.22 and 46.34, respectively, followed by freshman Jason Barton at No. 5 (47.42) and junior Algis Motiejunas at No. 7 (48.37). Freshman Ebon Glenn has the second highest high jump mark with 7-1.5, while senior Vince Jones ranks third in the 60m with a time of 6.66aa. On the women's side, senior Mary Duerbeck leads the pack in the 5000m with a time of 16:44.46, while sophomore Tiffany Greer sits atop the long jump list with her mark of 21-0.5. Senior Kelly MacDonald ranks second in the mile with her indoor best of 4:44.96aa, while redshirt-freshman is also second in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.46aa. Senior Adrienne Judie is second in the weight throw (64-10) and fourth in the shot put (50-10.25).
Notable Newcomers --
Many of ASU's notable performances thus far have come from Sun Devil newcomers joining the team this season. On the men's side, the sprinting corps has been bolstered by junior transfer Tony Galaviz and true freshman Jason Barton. Galaviz earned a provisional qualifying mark in the 60m hurdles in his first ever race as a Sun Devil and has won three straight meet titles in the event. Barton placed sixth out of 80 competitors in the 400m at the Iowa State Classic and has the third fastest ASU time in the 400m this season, behind sprinting sensations Campbell and Berrian. True freshman Ebon Glenn has already made great strides in his young collegiate career, winning three straight high jump titles and earning a provisional mark with a personal best. In the thrower's circle, junior transfer David Wood owns ASU's best season marks for the shot put and weight throw. For the women, redshirt-freshman Seneca Holmes has won two straight 60m hurdles races in her first three collegiate meets. Sophomore transfer Joanie Baca has also turned in the women's fastest indoor 800m time so far this season.
Outdoor Season Around the Corner --
The Sun Devils are preparing to open the outdoor season Saturday, March 3 as ASU hosts the Bill Sawyer Invitational. Field events are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., while running events will begin at 11 a.m. at Sun Angel Stadium.
Up Next --
ASU track and field athletes will have one last opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships at the Last Chance Meet at Iowa State, Friday, March 2 at the Lied Recreation/Athletics Center. Field events will begin at noon CST, while running events will commence at 2 p.m. CST.
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