MacDonald Earns All-America Honors at NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships
March 9, 2001
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Senior Kelly MacDonald earned All-America honors with a fifth-place finish in the women's 5000m, clocking a season-best time of 16:20.83 and leading the Arizona State track and field contingent at the first day of the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Arkansas at the Randal Tyson Track Center Friday.
MacDonald was the lone Sun Devil to put points on the board for either the men or the women in the first day of competition, earning her second straight indoor All-America nod in the women's 5000m. Last year, she placed seventh in a school-record time of 16:13.41.
ASU's women ended the day tied for 27th in team scoring with only MacDonald's four points, while the Sun Devil men do not show in team standings. After seven events, UCLA leads the women's team race with 22.5 points and Alabama's men lead team scoring with 21 points.
Also competing for ASU in the women's 5000m were senior Mary Duerbeck and sophomore Brianna Torres, placing 11th and 12th, respectively. Duerbeck, who went into NCAA indoors with the fifth-best time in the nation, clocked in at 16:33.53, 10 seconds short of her personal best. Torres followed Duerbeck with a time of 16:41.69. The standout women's distance trio ranks one-two-three on ASU's all-time indoor 5000m list.
In the women's long jump, sophomore Tiffany Greer, who earned indoor All-America honors in the event last season, placed 11th with a leap of 20 feet, 4.5 inches.
ASU's male sprinters endured a tough day on the track, as seniors Tony Berrian, Michael Campbell and Vince Jones failed to advance past the preliminaries. In the men's 400m, Campbell placed third in his preliminary heat in a time 47.31, while Berrian finished sixth of six runners in his preliminary heat in 48.86. The duo's times ranked 15th and 18th among 18 competitors attempting to reach the finals. Jones also finished last in his preliminary heat of the 60m with a time of 6.80, an event in which ASU senior Marcus Brunson holds the NCAA meet record (6.52).
The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships wrap up tomorrow, with senior Adrienne Judie slated to compete in the first event of the day, the women's weight-throw, while ASU's school-record holding men's 1600m relay team will compete in the final event of the day. Competition tomorrow begins at 2 p.m. Central Standard Time.
NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships
Arizona State Day One Results Event Time Place
Kelly MacDonald, Sr. 5000 16:20.83 5th
Mary Duerbeck, Sr. 5000 16:33.53 11th
Brianna Torres, So. 5000 16:41.69 12th
Tiffany Greer, So. LJ 20-4.5 11th
Vince Jones, Sr. 60 6.80 17th
Michael Campbell, Sr. 400 47.31 15th
Tony Berrian, Sr. 400 48.86 18th