ASU Men's 4x400 Relay Team Captures First Place at Drake Relays
April 28, 2001
DES MOINES, Iowa/EUGENE, Ore. -- The Arizona State men's 1600 meter relay team of Michael Campbell, Marcus Brunson, Jason Barton and Tony Berrian captured first place with a NCAA automatic qualifying time and season-best of 3:03.10, while the women's 1600 meter relay team took home runner-up honors, as the 92nd Annual Drake Relays came to a close Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.
With its winning effort, the Sun Devil men's 1600 relay team crossed the finish line one-tenth of a second faster than its previous season-best time, a mark which ranks second in the ASU record-books and fifth in the nation this year.
The women's 1600 relay team of Courtnie Ratliff, Candida Coulson, Arlaina Davis and Joni Smith also turned in a season-best time, a provisional qualifying time of 3:34.90. The Sun Devil squad was just edged by the team from Rice, winning the race in 3:34.78.
In the men's 400, Berrian took second place honors with a PQ time of 45.91, followed by Campbell who took fourth in 46.31. In the women's 400, Smith placed sixth in 54.38, while Davis finished eighth in 54.70. The men's 400 relay team was also scheduled to compete in the finals but was disqualified due to a false start.
The other half of ASU's track and field squad competed at the Oregon Invitational in Eugene Saturday, the day session of the meet was highlighted by the wins of throwers David Wood and Adrienne Judie. Wood won the men's shot put with a season-best and PQ mark of 61 feet, 11.5 inches. He also notched a fourth-place finish in the discus with a mark of 168 feet, 11 inches. Judie captured first in the women's shot put with a NCAA PQ mark of 50 feet, 4.25, though not a season-best for the senior thrower.
In the evening session, Olivia Mazzaglia won the women's triple jump with a season-best mark of 37 feet, 10.75 inches. In the men's 800, Brandon Strong earned runner-up honors with a season-best time of 1:51.11.
Next weekend, the Sun Devils will host their final home meet of the season, welcoming in-state rivals Arizona and Northern Arizona for a double dual Saturday, May 5. Field events will begin at 2:30, while running events will follow at 7 p.m.
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