ASU Track and Field Heads to Boise, Husky Invitationals
Jan. 27, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State track and field teams (No. 13 women, NR men) continue the 2003 indoor season this weekend with a split squad. Many of the teams' members will head to Boise, Idaho, for the Boise State Invitational while the remaining student-athletes will travel to Seattle, Wash., for the Husky Invitational. Both meets run all day Saturday.
The first regular season rankings were released by Trackwire.com Jan. 20 with the Sun Devil finding a spot in the Top 25. After coming in at No. 14 in the preseason poll a week earlier, the ASU women moved up a spot to No. 13. The men were not ranked in either of the two polls.
In the power rankings, updated Jan. 27, the men and women both rank among the Top 25 in the nation. The men are currently 20th with the women right behind them at No. 21.
After only one meet, the season-opening NAU Invitational Jan. 18 in Flagstaff, Ariz., three Sun Devils have already recorded provisional times for the NCAA Indoor Championships (March 14-15).
On the women's side, Seneca Holmes ran an 8.43 in the 60-meter hurdles to win the event and post a provisional time. As of Monday, Holmes' time ranks 15th in the nation right now.
For the men, the duo of Lewis Banda and Jason Barton each posted provisional times in the 400m while sweeping the top two spots in the race. Banda finished first with a time of 48.86, the seventh-fastest time in the nation so far this year, while Barton's 47.09 is 10th in the collegiate ranks.
AMONG THE ALL-TIME BEST
Four Sun Devils turned in outstanding performances at the NAU Invitational that landed themselves a spot in the all-time Top 5 in ASU annals. For the men, Chris Kasik, already No. 3 on the list for the indoor 60m hurdles at 8.40, improved his time to 8.32. Travis Jones added his name to the mix in the weight throw, heaving his way to No. 4 all-time with a mark of 17.07m (56-0.00).
On the women's side, the throwers made two entries into the books. Julia Pedersen tied Adrienne Judie's shot put toss in 2001 with her throw of 14.69m (48-2.50). Jenae Sonne threw the weight 14.23m (46-8.25) to come in at No. 4.
RECAP: NAU INVITATIONAL
In their first meet of the indoor season, the Sun Devils claimed five individual titles and added both titles in the 4x400m relays while also adding three provisional NCAA times.
On the men's side, Lewis Banda and Jason Barton provisionally qualified in the 400m while finishing first and second in the event, respectively. The duo joined with Seth Amoo and Steve Fitch to easily win the relay event as well.
For the women, freshman Katrice Walton opened her career in first place in the 200m, placing just ahead of another freshman, Kandice Tucker. Joining Walton atop the podium in first place was Joni Smith (400m), Seneca Holmes (60m hurdles) and the 4x400m relay team. Julia Pedersen won the only field of the event of the day for the Sun Devils, capturing the shot put event.
For the women, All-American long jumper Tiffany Greer and All-American 3,000 meter runner Lisa Aguilera return for their final seasons on the track. After the prestigious national honor, both student-athletes went on to All-America accolades during the outdoor season. Greer repeated in the long jump while Aguilera captured her honor in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
The men's indoor team returns one of its two All-Americans of a year ago in Trevell Quinley. As a freshman in 2001, Quinley earned his acclaim in the long jump. David Wood, lost to graduation, secured the second All-America nod for the men last year in the shot put.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Sun Devils will compete at one location Saturday, Feb. 8, when they return to Flagstaff, Ariz., for the Mountain 'T' Invitational on the campus of Northern Arizona. The meet will run all day.
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