Sun Devils Complete Day One at NCAA Championships

June 11, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State track and field team completed the first day of competition at the 2003 NCAA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday with three Sun Devil women advancing to the next round of their respective events. Lisa Aguilera (3,000m steeplechase), Desiree Davila (5,000m run) and Tiffany Greer (long jump) moved through the preliminary rounds to move into the finals set for Friday.

Aguilera, holder of the fastest steeplechase time in the world this year, cruised to a 10:06.79 to win her heat of the event and finish with the second-fastest time in the event. She will compete Friday evening where she is the favorite to capture her first NCAA championship. Also in the distance ranks, Davila led for much of the race before finishing fifth in the heat (16:28.72) to automatically qualify for the Saturday finals. Jessica Scalzo also ran in the event, finishing 13th in the heat (17:25.56) and 26th overall.

Greer advanced in the long jump by finishing fourth in her heat with a leap of 6.26m and claiming 10th in the overall standings. The Top 12 advanced to the semifinals for three jumps Friday with the Top 9 receiving three additional leaps to determine the national champion and All-Americans.

Luiz Mello was the lone Sun Devil male to advance in an event as he moved out of the preliminaries of the 100m dash with a second-place finish in his heat at 10.70. In the semifinals, also held Wednesday, Mello clocked a 10.65 but finished seventh in his heat to see his ASU career come to a close.

In the field, Sandra Orsund (discus) and Vince Mosca (shot put) each failed to advance out of the qualifying round of their respective events to see their 2003 seasons commence. Orsund threw 48.37m to place 16th overall while Mosca ended his career with a throw of 17.53m to tie for 19th overall.

On the track, Porchea Carroll placed 29th in the 100m dash and the 4x100m relay team of Carroll, Greer, Cassandra Reed and Kandace Tucker placed 11th. Seneca Holmes stumbled at the second-to-last hurdle in the 100m hurdles and was disqualified in the only other women's race ASU had gain entrance. On the men's side, Jeff Dodge placed 23rd in a closely contested 800m run.

The NCAA Track and Field Championships continue through Sunday in Sacramento.

2003 NCAA ChampionshipsSacramento, Calif. - Sacramento State UniversityDay 1 Results (ASU ONLY)FIELD EVENTSWomen's Discus Prelims16.	Sandra Orsund	48.37m (158-8)does not advance to semifinals

Women's Long JumpPrelims10. Tiffany Greer 6.26m (20-6.50)advances to semifinals - 4th in heat

Men's Shot PutPrelims19. Vince Mosca 17.53m (57-6.25)does not advance to semifinals

RUNNING EVENTSWomen's 100m DashPrelims29. Porchea Carroll 12.07does not advance to semifinals - 7th in heat

Men's 100m DashPrelims8. Luiz Mello 10.70advances to semifinals - 2nd in heatSemifinals14. Luiz Mello 10.65does not advance to finals - 7th in heat

Women's 100m HurdlesPrelims-- Seneca Holmes DQdoes not advance to semifinals

Men's 800m RunPrelims23. Jeff Dodge 1:50.63does not advance to finals - 5th in heat

Women's 3,000m SteeplechaseSemifinals2. Lisa Aguilera 10:06.79advances to final - 1st in heat

Women's 5,000m RunSemifinals10. Desiree Davila 16:28.7226. Jessica Scalzo 17:25.56Davila advances to finals (5th in heat); Scalzo does not (13th in heat)

Women's 4x100m RelayPrelims11. Arizona State 44.32Carroll, Greer, Reed, Tuckerdoes not advance to semifinals - 3rd in heat

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