ASU Highlights From 2002 U.S.A. Senior and Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships

June 25, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - Third-place finishes from junior Lisa Aguilera in the 3000-meter steeplechase and junior Tiffany Greer in the long jump highlighted competition for Arizona State athletes at the 2002 U.S.A. Senior and Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Stanford University's Cobb Track and Angell Field, Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23.

The 2002 Pac-10 Champion and NCAA All-American in the event, Aguilera was the top current collegiate finisher in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase, finishing third with a personal-best time of 9:59.66. American record-holder Elizabeth Jackson (Nike) crossed the finish line first in 9:47.35, followed by Lisa Nye (Nike) in 9:52.61. Former ASU teammate Kelly MacDonald, who finished third in the event last year, placed seventh in 10:14.80.

Greer followed up her NCAA outdoor runner-up finish in the women's long jump with a third-place finish at the U.S.A. Championships, leaping 20 feet, 11.75 inches. Brianna Glenn (Tucson Elite), whom Greer had beaten at Pac-10s and NCAAs this season, won the U.S. crown with a jump of 21-2.5. Grace Upshaw (unattached) placed second with an effort of 21-1.25.

Graduating senior Brandon Strong, the 2002 Pac-10 runner-up in the 1500m and second Sun Devil ever to run a four-minute mile, placed eighth in the men's 1500m final in 3:43.13. Senior Tony Galaviz also competed in the men's 110m hurdles, but was unable to advance past his preliminary heat.

ASU also had four freshmen competing in the Junior National portion of the U.S.A. Outdoor Championships. Trevell Quinley placed sixth in the men's long jump (23-4.5), while Julia Pedersen finished 10th in the women's shot put (43-1.5) and 21st in the women's discus (129-0). Porchea Carroll competed in the women's 100m (12.14) but did not advance to the final, while Desiree Davila finished 19th in the women's 1500m prelim (4:40.61) and also did not advance to the final.

A handful of former ASU track and field stars were also on hand for the U.S.A. Championships. 2000 Olympian Dwight Phillips finished third in the men's long jump (27-1), while U.S. Olympic teammate Nick Hysong placed third in the men's pole vault (18-10). Former distance standout Priscilla Hein finished seventh in the women's 1500m final in 4:16.84. Tony Berrian, who ended his collegiate career in 2001, competed in the 400m prelim (47.01) but did not advance to the final.

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