NCAA Indoor Meet Awaits Seven Sun Devils This Week
March 11, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. - The final weekend of the 2003 indoor track and field season will be held this weekend for select members of the Arizona State teams as seven Sun Devils (five men and two women) head to Fayetteville, Ark., for the 2003 NCAA Championships. The national meet will be held Friday and Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
HEADED TO NATIONALS
Arizona State will be represented by seven student-athletes in four individual and one relay event at the NCAA Championships this weekend. The men's 4x400 meter team of Seth Amoo, Lewis Banda, Jason Barton and Steve Fitch, who have not lost a race this year, are ranked sixth of the 12 teams entered and need to finish in the Top 8 to secure All-America honors. Amoo also will run in the 200 meter dash where he has the 15th (of 16) fastest time in the race. The final male to make the national field is Trevell Quinley in the long jump. Quinley stands 11th in the field of 16 heading into the meet.
On the women's side, Lisa Aguilera and Seneca Holmes will be the lone representatives for the Sun Devils in the meet. Aguilera, the only ASU student-athlete to earn an automatic entry into the meet, holds the fifth-fastest time in the 3,000 meter run this year and will be going for her third All-America honor and her second in a row in the 3,000. Holmes will race in the 60 meter hurdles where she is ninth (of 16) in the field this year. Holmes will look to the first Sun Devil woman to bring home All-America honors in an indoor hurdle event since 1992 when Ime Akpan did so in the 55 meter hurdles.
Here are the projected times for when the Sun Devils will compete this weekend:
Friday, March 14 (all times Eastern)
Sencea Holmes (60mH prelims) ... 4:35 p.m.
Trevell Quinley (long jump finals) ... 6:00 p.m.
Seth Amoo (200m prelims) ... 7:05 p.m.
Seneca Holmes (60mH finals) ... 7:40 p.m.
Seth Amoo (200m finals) ... 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 15 (all times Eastern)
Lisa Aguilera (3K finals) ... 7:25 p.m.
4x400 relay (finals) ... 8:10 p.m.
NOTES ON 2003 NCAA INDOORS
* Tiffany Greer will miss her first NCAA indoor meet after earning All-America honors in the event over the last three years.
* The men's relay team will look to capture indoor All-America status for just the third time in ASU history, dating back to 1982. The last quartet to do so was in 1999.
* If Seth Amoo can finish in the Top 8 in both his events, he will join Marcus Brunson (60m hurdles/4x400m relay) and Dwight Phillips (long jump/4x400m relay) as the only ASU men to earn multiple All-American honors in one meet. The two previous double winners pulled off the accomplishment in 1999.
IT'S A RECORD!
Seth Amoo ran his first 200m race of the year at the Double Dual (Feb. 14) and used that performance to not only win the race and earn a provisional qualification time, he also reset his school record in the indoor event. Crossing the line at 21.01, Amoo bettered his previous mark of 21.19 that he established last year. Lewis Banda, who took third in the race, finished in a time of 21.19, tying the previous mark and moving into second on the all-time list.
THEY ARE RE-LAY DOING WELL
The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Seth Amoo, Jason Barton, Lewis Banda and Steve Fitch have teamed to compete in the event five times this year and crossed the finish line in first place. The quartet also ran a 3:07.03 at the Double Dual which was 0.01 off the school record set two years ago.
Their female counterparts have an equally impressive season in the same event. Though no provisional times have been achieved, the ladies have finished first in three races and second in their other two appearances this year.
INDOOR RECAP: LAST CHANCE
Five Sun Devils traveled to Boise State over the weekend to try and improve their times/marks in the provisional ranks with only one athlete, Trevell Quinley, being able to move up. Quinley jumped 7.71 meters in the long jump to improve his standing in the NCAA meet. His mark also broke the facility record of 7.68 set two weeks earlier.
Also competing for Arizona State was Tiffany Greer (6.17m) in the long jump, also a new venue record, Seneca Holmes (8.29) in the 60 meter hurdles, Ryan Zimmerman (14.84) in the triple jump and Vince Mosca (17.66) in the shot put.
OUTDOOR RECAP: BILL SAWYER
The first outdoor meet of the year for the Sun Devils took place in their own back yard as they played host to the annual Bill Sawyer Invitational. Six Sun Devils took home the top place in their respective events while four races featured a clean sweep of the Top 3 places by ASU runners.
The sweeps were in the men's 400 and 800-meter events while the women dominated in the short sprints of 100 and 200-meters in length. Lewis Banda (first), Seth Amoo (second) and Jason Barton (third) combined with fifth-place finisher Steve Fitch to dominate the 400 meter event.
Winners on the day included Cassandra Reed in the 100, Kandace Tucker in the 200 and Sandra Orsund in the discus for the women. On the men's side, Banda was joined in the first place by Kris Alexander in the 2,000m steeplechase and Anthony Santa Cruz in the 800 meters. In all, the Sun Devil women had three first-place, 6 second-place and seven third-place finishes while the men finished first, second and third three times, twice and five times, respectively.
HEAD COACH GREG KRAFT
Greg Kraft is in his seventh year at the helm of the Sun Devil men's and women's track and field program. In his tenure in Tempe, 15 men and 19 women have garnered All-America honors, as well as one women's and six men's relay teams. Nine men and eight women's individual Pac-10 titles have been won, with three men's relays added to the mix. He also has overseen the cross country program in which two men and four women's All-American honors were achieved.
NEXT TIME OUT
The outdoor season picks up again when the Arizona State track and field program plays host to the Baldy Castillo Invitational, March 21-22, at Sun Angel Stadium. One week later, Joe Selleh Track at SAS plays host to the Arizona State Invitational, March 29.