Track and Field Takes Week Off To Prepare For Sun Angel Classic

April 4, 2001

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- This Week --
Although originally scheduled to compete in the Texas Relays this weekend, Arizona State track and field will now take the week off in preparation for the 22nd Annual Sun Angel Classic at Sun Angel Stadium, Saturday, April 14. Field events are scheduled to begin at noon, while running events will follow at 4:30 p.m. MST.

22nd Sun Angel Classic --
The 2001 edition of the Sun Angel Classic will feature both collegiate and high school competition and will welcome athletes from Auburn, Brigham Young, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Central Arizona College, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas State, Long Beach State, Northern Arizona, Southern Utah and Western State College, as well as many top amateur competitiors. This year's meet honoree is former ASU pole vaulter and 2000 Olympic gold medalist, Nick Hysong.

National Rankings --
According to the latest Trackwire.com national poll released April 3, neither ASU's men or women were ranked this week. Last week the Sun Devil men tied for 18th with George Mason and Texas A&M. For complete polls for both NCAA men and women, go to www.trackwire.com.

Aguilera World Leader In 3K Steeplechase --
With her winning performance in women's 3000m steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational this past Saturday, Arizona State sophomore Lisa Aguilera not only set a collegiate record, but logged the fastest time in the world this year. Aguilera's time of 10:08.85 was almost five seconds better than the previous best time in the world this season, 10:13.43, clocked by Melissa Rollison from Australia. Aguilera also broke the previous collegiate record time of 10:21.8 set by BYU's Courtney Meldrum in 1997, and now ranks sixth on the all-time American list. The women's 3000m steeplechase world record holder is Christina Iloc-Casandra from Romania with a time of 9:40.20, while the American record holder is Elizabeth Jackson with a time of 9:57.20.Last Saturday marked the first time Aguilera has competed in the 3000m steeplechase.

Last Time Out --
The final weekend of March saw the Sun Devils split their squad in three different directions, as many remained at home for the Arizona State Invitational, while ASU's top throwers competed in the UC San Diego Open and the elite distance runners traveled north to the Stanford Invitational. A total of nine athletes made their mark on the NCAA qualifying list, with three Sun Devils posting automatic times and six turning in provisional qualifying times: Lisa Aguilera (3K steeplechase, auto, 10:08.85), Mary Duerbeck (10K, auto, 33:53.52), Fasil Bizuneh (10K, auto, 28:58.61), Kelly MacDonald (5K, prov., 16:14.81), Brianna Torres (5K, prov., 16:47.61), Cody Sohn (3K steeplechase, prov., 10:52.07), Brandon Strong (1500, prov., 3:44.13), Adrienne Judie (hammer, prov., 184-1) and David Wood (shot put, prov., 59-7.75). Marcus Brunson clocked a PQ in the 100 at the ASU Invitational, but his time of 10.28 was not improvement upon his season-best 10.21 effort at the Baldy Castillo Invitational.

Sun Devils Assault the Record Books --
Last weekend also saw many Sun Devils further etch their names in the ASU record books with personal-best performances. At the Stanford Invitational, Aguilera set a young school record with her world leading time in the women's 3000m steeplechase, while Mary Duerbeck ran the second-fastest women's 10,000m race in school history with her personal best effort of 33:53.52. Also at Stanford, Fasil Bizuneh broke his own school record in the men's 10,000m with a PR of 28:58.61. At the UCSD Open, Adrienne Judie also broke her previous school record in the women's hammer with a PR of 184 feet, one inch. Other notable performances of this year's outdoor season include the men's 1600m relay team of Michael Campbell, Marcus Brunson, Jason Barton and Tony Berrian clocking the second-fastest time in ASU history with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 3:03.20 at the Baldy Castillo Invitational.

Up Next --
The Sun Devils will compete at the Mesa Classic at Mesa Community College, Friday, April 13 before hosting the 22nd Annual Sun Angel Classic at Sun Angel Stadium, Saturday April 14. Field events begin at noon, with running events at 4:30 p.m. MST.

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