ASU Track and Field Wins Nine Meet Titles at Bill Sawyer Invitational

March 3, 2001

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- TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State's track and field team won nine meet titles, including sweeping the men's and women's 800m and 1500m races, in its season outdoor debut hosting the University of Arizona and a number of Valley community colleges the Bill Sawyer Invitational at Sun Angel Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Sun Devil women Jen Bridgeman and Jen Hurbis turned in winning performances in the 800m and 1500m, clocking times of 2:12.20 and 4:48.50, respectively. On the men's side, David Burke placed first in the 800m in 1:53.33, while Phillip Prince captured the meet title in the 1500m in 3:56.00.

The Sun Devil women came away with a total of five meet titles, as Christie Winkle's 12.10 effort in the 100m was good for first place, while Candida Coulson won the 400m hurdles in 1:01.45. Also placing first was Elizabeth Arollo, turning in a winning mark of 124 feet, 11 inches.

Marcus Brunson made his 2001 debut on the track, blowing past the field in the men's 200m with a winning time of 21.40, while Justin McGee won the men's pole vault with a mark of 15-0.25.

Also turning in strong performances were Nicole Simmons and Cody Sohn, placing second and fourth, respectively, the women's 2000m steeplechase, the first time ASU women have competed in the event. Simmons finished second behind Arizona's Katrina Engelen in 6:54.40, while Sohn clocked a time of 7:06.31.

The ASU women made their presence known in the sprints, as Joni Smith, Arlaina Davis and Courtnie Ratliff finished two-through-four in the 400m. Joining Hurbis with a top-three time in the women's 1500m was Tiela Cairns, placing third in 5:05.80.Competing in her first collegiate outdoor meet, freshman Sandy Orsund placed second in the discus with a mark of 144-8, improving her prep personal best by 8.25 inches.

On the men's side, ASU took two of the top three finishes in the 800m, as Cheyne Jones placed third in 1:54.26 behind winning teammate Burke. The Sun Devils placed one-two in the men's 1500m, with Dan Maher taking second in 3:57.78 behind Prince, while Fasil Bizuneh took third in the 3000m in 8:27.95.

ASU also finishing one-two in the men's pole vault, as Aaron White took second behind teammate McGee. David Wood took runner-up honors in both the discus and hammer, with identical marks of 177-11.

The only NCAA qualifier of the meet was Arizona's Angela Foster, winning the women's hammer with a provisional qualifying mark of 194-7.

Next up for the Sun Devils are the 2001 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, March 9-10 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Full meet results are available in PDF format at the top of the story.

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