ASU Cross Country Collects Two Top 10 Finishes at NCAA Championships
Nov. 22, 2004
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The 2004 cross country season came to an end Monday for the Arizona State University harriers as both the men and the women earned Top 10 team finishes at the 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships that were contested at the Wabash Valley Sports Complex in Terre Haute, Ind. The finishes marked the first time both Sun Devil squads captured Top 10 finishes in the same year. Prior to this meet, the women finished sixth in 2000 for their first Top 10 finish while the men bettered their previous high of 14th, set in 1999.
The Sun Devil men finished eighth in the 31 team field with 315 points while the women captured ninth with 333 points. Colorado swept the team titles with the men recording 90 points to edge No. 1 Wisconsin (94) while the women easily outdistanced runner-up Duke, 63 to 114.
Amy Hastings earned her second All-America honor in cross country as she finished 22nd overall in the women's 6K race to join Lisa Aguilera as the only Sun Devil women to earn All-America accolades in cross country two times in a career. On the men's side, Aaron Aguayo became just the fourth Sun Devil male to earn All-America honors in cross country as he also finished 22nd in his race to pace the men in the 10K race.
For just the third time in the history for the program, the Sun Devils returned to Tempe with each team earning one All-American. The first instance came at the 1999 meet when Fasil Bizuneh and Kelly MacDonald accomplished the feat. Bizuneh joined Aguilera in 2001 for the second instance.
Aguayo clocked in at 31:28 to earn 16 teams points while also recording the fourth-highest finish in school history at the national meet while Juan Reyes and Ryan Warrenburg finished 67th (48 points) and 68th (49), respectively, to give ASU three athletes scoring under 50 points. The trio was followed by Casey Burchill, who finished 118th in the race (88 points), and Roger Cahill, the last Sun Devil scorer in the meet, who placed 150th overall (114 points). Kal Clark also competed in the race, finishing 194th overall in the race of 241 student-athletes. Of the six Sun Devils earning times in the race, only Reyes and Burchill had competed in an NCAA Championship meet in cross country in their careers. Reyes represented ASU in 2001 while Burchill was a member of the Colorado team a year ago.
On the women's side, Hastings was the top ASU finisher at 20:57 and recorded the school's second-highest finish in an NCAA cross country meet. She was joined in the record books by Desiree Davila and Victoria Jackson, who finished 41st (29 points) and 54th (38), respectively. For Davila, not only did she become just the third ASU woman to compete in four NCAA cross country meets, she also turned in the fifth-best placement for the women while Jackson, a transfer from North Carolina, took over the No. 6 spot on the charts. Anna Masinelli finished 143rd (111 points) in her third career national meet while Rachel Ellison crossed the line in 176th (141 points) to round out the scoring for the Sun Devils. Jessica Crate finished 184th overall and Cassie Rios took 216th to round out the ASU runners in the women's race that featured 250 student-athletes.
The Sun Devils will take a break from competition as they prepare for the upcoming indoor and outdoor track and field seasons that are set to begin in January and March, respectively.