ASU Track and Field Sweeps Dual Dual With Arizona and NAU
May 5, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. --Arizona State men's and women's track and field teams completed their home season with sweeps of Arizona and Northern Arizona in a double dual meet at Sun Angel Stadium, Saturday May 5.
The team race between ASU and UA's women came down to the final event, with the Sun Devil 1600 meter relay team lifting ASU to the upset over the Wildcats, 101-99. ASU also handily defeated NAU 130-61. Arizona's women came out on top versus NAU, 123-68. On the men's side, ASU pulled a 107-83 win over Arizona, while also defeating NAU 114-64. The Wildcat men defeated NAU 97-80.
ASU senior Kelly MacDonald led the ASU women, winning the women's 3000m steeplechase with a NCAA automatic qualifying time and school record performance of 10:06.48. MacDonald, competing in the steeplechase for the first time, clocked the nation's fourth-fastest time this season.
Senior Marcus Brunson won both the men's 100m and 200m races, notching a NCAA automatic qualifying time with a season-best 10.14 in the 100.
ASU's David Wood and Valerie Williams also provided double wins for the Sun Devils. Wood won the shot put in a NCAA PQ 60 feet, 6 inches and the discus in 183 feet, two inches. Williams established an ASU season best in the triple jump with an effort of 42 feet, 0.75 inches and took the long jump in a personal record 21 feet, 2.5 inches. Both marks were NCAA qualifying marks.
Displaying their team depth, ASU's relays went undefeated on the night, winning both 400m and 1600m relay races. In addition to winning the 1600m relay in 3:40.41, ASU's women set a NCAA PQ and a season-best in the 400m relay at 44.98. The men also earned their PQ in the 400m relay, with a season-best 39.83, before easily defeating the competition in the 1600m relay in 3:16.21.
Up next, ASU will send Kyle Frerichs and Elizabeth Arollo to compete in the multi-event portion of the Pac-10 Championships, May 12-13 in Berkeley, Calif. The rest of the Sun Devil track and field squad will head to Berkeley for the Pac-10 Championships, May 19-20.