ASU Men Finish Fourth, Women Fifth at Pac-10 Track and Field Championships
May 20, 2001
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Arizona State track and field squads won seven meet titles en route to a fourth-place finish by the men and fifth-place finish by the women as the 2001 Pac-10 Championships concluded at the University of California-Berkeley Sunday.
ASU's men dropped one position from last year's third-place standing, but notched their second-highest Pac-10 finish since 1983 when they tied for second. The men posted 109.50 points, second best in ASU history only to the 1981 Pac-10 Championship team that finished with 133 points.
For the second-straight season, the Sun Devil women recorded a fifth-place team finish at the conference meet, the highest since their last fifth-place finish in 1995. With 89 points, the Sun Devil women earned their highest point total since 1994 (96 points). Stanford took home the men's Pac-10 crown and UCLA won the women's title.
Seniors Marcus Brunson and Kelly MacDonald led the Sun Devils with double-wins in their respective events. Brunson captured his first two individual Pac-10 titles, winning the men's 100m in 10.21 and the men's 200m in 20.62.
'Anytime you get a win, you've got to be happy,' Brunson said. 'I've been chasing this for three years. It's good to see hard work pay off.'
MacDonald also doubled up in Pac-10 titles, winning the women's 5000m in 16:22.75 Sunday, following her winning performance in the women's 3000m steeplechase Saturday. She won her second straight 5000m Pac-10 crown, giving her three conference titles in her career.
Additional Pac-10 winners, Sunday, included senior Tony Berrian who captured his first conference crown, the men's 400m title in 45.85. Berrian also anchored ASU's winning 1600m-relay team that took first in 3:05.34. In addition to MacDonald's title in the steeplechase Saturday, junior David Wood took home the men's shot put title in the first day of competition.
As evidenced by winning the 1600m-relay title, ASU's men dominated the individual 400m, with senior Michael Campbell finishing third behind Berrian in 46.28 and freshman Jason Barton taking fourth with a personal-best 46.40.
Junior Anthony Galaviz took third in the men's 110 hurdles with a time of 13.94, while Wood took third in the men's discus with a personal best 187 feet, one inch.
In the women's 400m, sophomore Joni Smith placed second with a personal-best time of 53.34, followed by senior Arlaina Davis in third with a season-best 53.94. The women's 1600m-relay team earned runner-up honors, recording a season-best time of 3:33.96.
In the field, ASU's highest female place-winner was senior Valerie Williams, taking fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 40-7.75.
Up next for the Sun Devils will be the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Oregon in Eugene, May 30-June 2. The NCAA will announce the final list of qualifiers Wednesday, May 23. Complete results of the Pac-10 Championships are available at www.thesundevils.com or www.calbears.com.
2001 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships
May 19-20, Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.
Final Team Standings
1. Stanford 142 pts.
2. USC 136 pts.
3. UCLA 115.50 pts.
4. Arizona State 109.50 pts.
5. Oregon 86.50 pts.
6. California 85 pts.
7. Washington State 67.50 pts.
8. Washington 42 pts.
9. Arizona 32 pts.
1. UCLA 155 pts.
2. USC 153 pts.
3. Stanford 120.50 pts.
4. Washington State 101.50 pts.
5. Arizona State 89 pts.
6. Arizona 77 pts.
7. California 54 pts.
8. Oregon 35 pts.
9. Washington 33 pts.