Track and Field Heads To MPSF Championships This Weekend
Feb. 20, 2002
This Week --
Arizona State track and field is set to compete in the 2002 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the J. Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz., Friday, Feb. 22, through Sunday, Feb. 23. The championships will be hosted by the University of Arizona. Events Friday begin at 1 p.m., while Saturday's first event gets underway at 10 a.m. MST. Last year ASU's women placed fourth, while the men finished seventh. The defending champions are Arizona's women and Washington State's men.
About the MPSF --
The Pac-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field, therefore the nine Pac-10 schools with track and field participate in the MPSF, along with schools from the Big West Conference. For a complete list of MPSF Championships qualifying standards, MPSF best marks and the meet schedule go to www.mpsports.org.
How ASU Stacks Up In The MPSF --
ASU track and field athletes sit atop the MPSF leaderboard in three events going into this weekend's conference championships. Freshman Seth Amoo holds the fastest time in the 200m (21.19), while freshman Trevell Quinley owns the top long jump mark (25-10). ASU's men's 4x400m relay team also is tops with a time of 3:10.53. Senior Brandon Strong ranks second in the mile (4:04.04), as does senior Tony Galaviz in the 60m hurdles (7.75 alt. adjusted). Also with second place rankings are sophomore Steve Fitch in the 400m (46.94), senior David Wood in the shot put (63-3.25), junior Casey Clark in the high jump (6-11) and the men's distance medley team (9:48.20). On the women's side, junior Tiffany Greer is second in both the 60m (7.50 alt. adjusted) and the long jump (20-4.5), while junior Lisa Aguilera is second in the 3000m (9:16.23) and fourth in the mile (4:49.73 alt. adjusted).
National Rankings --
Neither ASU's men's or women's track squads have been ranked in the first five Trackwire Top-25 polls for the 2002 indoor season. Last year, the men did not receive a top-25 indoor billing, while the women were ranked as high as 18th in the second poll of the season. In the Team-Power Indoor Rankings, the ASU men are 13th and the women are 21st.
Last Year At The MPSF Championships --
ASU's men's 4x400m relay team of Michael Campbell, Jason Barton, Pete Lopez and Tony Berrian set an ASU indoor record and MPSF record as well with a winning effort of 3:07.02, highlighting the two-day MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships last year. The small contingent of ASU athletes that competed in Flagstaff last season tallied two meet crowns as Tony Galaviz also won the 60m hurdles. As a team, the ASU women finished in fourth place with 51.5 points, while the ASU men placed seventh with 32.5 points. Winning the women's championship was host Arizona with 142 points, while Washington State earned the men's title with 108.5.
Men Sweep, Women Split In Annual Indoor Double Dual --
ASU's men's track and field squad swept in-state rivals Northern Arizona and Arizona, while the women's squad defeated NAU but fell to Arizona by just one point in the annual indoor Double Dual in Flagstaff, Ariz., Feb. 14. ASU's men topped NAU 86.5-68.5, while edging Arizona 80.5-76.5. The ASU women took care of NAU handily 94-54, but came away just shy of defeating the Wildcats 78-77. Both Arizona teams picked up wins against NAU, with the men winning 83-72 and the women winning 92-54. ASU's men captured first place honors in eight events, highlighted by freshman Seth Amoo's double in the 60m and 200m. Amoo's 200m time of 21.19 was an NCAA provisional qualifying time. Senior David Wood won the shot put with an NCAA automatic qualifying effort and personal best 63 feet, 3.25 inches. Senior Tony Galaviz won the 60m hurdles in an NCAA PQ of 7.79 (alt. adjusted), though not a season best. Sophomore Steve Fitch earned a NCAA PQ in the 400m, placing second in 46.94. ASU's women took home first place honors in six events, led by junior Tiffany Greer's NCAA provisional qualifying performance in the women's long jump, a season best leap of 20 feet, 4.5 inches.
Up Next --
One last weekend remains for ASU's track and field athletes to attain NCAA indoor qualifying marks and the Sun Devils will send a small contingent to the Husky Last Chance Qualifier in Seattle, Wash., Saturday, March 2. Next weekend also marks the beginning of the outdoor season, as ASU hosts the Bill Sawyer Invitational Saturday, March 2. Field events are scheduled to begin at Sun Angel Stadium at 9 a.m., followed by field events at 11 a.m.