Track & Field Heads to NAU for Mountain T Meet

Feb. 2, 2005

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TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University track and field teams, following a week off from competition, will return to the indoor surface inside the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz., Saturday for the Mountain T Invitational.

THE COMPETITORS
Athletes from numerous teams from the west will be on hand to compete, including Pac-10 teams Arizona and Oregon. Other schools slated to compete are hosts Northern Arizona, New Mexico, New Mexico State, San Diego State, Southern Utah and Cal State Bakersfield.

SUN DEVILS IN THE MEET
Arizona State University will send 38 different athletes to the snowy mountains of the Grand Canyon State this weekend. The Sun Devil representatives will compete primarily in the sprint and hurdle events as well as most of the field events.

AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
In the latest round of national rankings released Feb. 1, the Sun Devils find themselves among the Top 20 in a pair of lists. The women lead the way as they are tied for 13th in the Trackwire 25 while the men sit tied for 16th. In the Team Power Rankings, the women are No. 2 and the men hold the No. 13 position.

INDIVIDUAL LISTINGS
Eight Sun Devil student-athletes have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships (March 10-12) this season and rank among the Top 20 in all events. On the men's order lists, Seth Amoo and Domenik Peterson are 10th and 17th, respectively, in the 200m dash while fellow sprinter Jason Barton ranks 11th in the 400m dash. In the field, Travis Jones is ranked 17th in the shot put while Joshua Kinnaman sits sixth in the heptathlon.

The women have three ranked athletes, including Porchea Carroll in the 60m dash (7th) and a pair of field athletes in Julia Pedersen (8th) and Jennifer Kowacz (13th), both qualifying in the shot put.

QUICK REVIEW: DOUBLE DUAL
For the third season in a row, the Arizona State University men and women swept their intrastate rivals at the Double Dual held in Flagstaff. The women, on the strength of 12 individual victories, defeated Arizona, 134-77.5, and Northern Arizona, 134-81.5, while the men downed the Wildcats, 132-100, and the Lumberjacks, 132-57. The women now stand 6-9-0 against UA and 12-4-0 against NAU in the series while the men hold records of 9-7-0 and 7-8-1, respectively.

STOP ME IF YOU HAVE HEARD THIS ...
For the fifth time in her short career with the Sun Devils, pole vaulter Angela Tavlarides has established the school record in her event, this time clearing 12-6.00 (3.81m) as she won the Double Dual (Jan. 22). Prior to her arrival in Tempe, no ASU female pole vaulter had successfully cleared 12-feet. Tavlarides did so on five occasions one year ago and, in her lone meet of the season, has done so again.

AND THE AWARD GOES TO ...
Last weekend, while the team was not competing, junior All-American and 2004 Olympian Lewis Banda returned to his native Zimbabwe where he was honored as the nation's Sportsman of the Year. Banda, the two-time defending Pac-10 champion at 400m, finished ninth at the Summer Olympiad after helping the Sun Devil men to a tie for 10th at the national meet and anchoring the 2004 NCAA runner-up 4x100m relay team.

KINNAMAN FARES WELL
Although the rest of the team took the weekend off from competition, Joshua Kinnaman was one of three multi-event athletes that made a return trip to Flagstaff last weekend to partake in the NAU Multi-Events Meet (Jan. 28-29). Kinnaman won the heptathlon with an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark of 5,402 points and won all seven individual events on the weekend. He did tie for first in two of the events with teammate Ryan Ehler, who posted 4,411 points in his first heptathlon.

On the women's side, Alana Waterford competed in her first multi-event meet, finishing third overall in the pentathlon with a total of 2,787 points.

ONE FAST PORCHEA
In the first event of the season, Porchea Carroll got off to a fast start as she secured three of the women's 12 wins at the Double Dual. Carroll won the 60m dash (7.35) and the 200m dash (23.65) on the track before winning the long jump with a mark of 6.03m (19-9.50). Carroll also ran the second leg of the victorious 4x400m relay team.

OTHER DUAL WINNERS
The following student-athletes were victorious at the Double Dual: Julia Pedersen (shot put), Christina Hardeman (400m), Amy Hastings (mile), Jessie McLaughlin (800m), Alana Waterford (high jump), Angela Tavlarides (pole vault) and Jennifer Kowacz (weight throw) for the women and Steven Koehnemann (60m dash), Seth Amoo (200m), Jason Barton (400m), Travis Jones (shot put), Brandon Glenn (pole vault) and Trevell Quinley (long jump) recorded wins for the men.

MAROON AND GOLD (MEDAL)
Arizona State was represented by one current and two former student-athletes at the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Lewis Banda, who is the lone current runner, competed for Zimbabwe in the 400m dash and finished in ninth place, one spot shy of making the finals on the largest stage of athletics.

Although Banda fared well, one former athlete stole the spotlight. Dwight Phillips, the world leader in the long jump for the entire year, did not disappoint as he won the gold medal on his first jump of the competition. His win was the 10th gold medal won by a Sun Devil track and field athlete and also marked the third Summer Olympiad in a row that a former ASU standout returned home with gold after Nick Hysong won the pole vault in 2000 and Maicel Malone helped the 4x400m relay win in Atlanta in 1996. The final 2004 Olympian with ASU ties was Michael Campbell. Representing Jamaica, Campbell ran in the 4x400m relay, but his team was disqualified in the first round of competition.

JOHNSON TAKES INDIVIDUAL TITLE
No Sun Devil had brought home a nation title since 1996. No woman had done so since 1992. That all changed when true freshman Jacquelyn Johnson went to Austin, Texas, and won the NCAA heptathlon crown. Johnson showed why she was touted as one of the premier athletes in the nation as she finished first at the outdoor national meet in the heptathlon, second in the national indoor pentathlon and added conference championships in both the heptathlon and the high jump. Johnson will not compete during the indoor season this year as she also plays for Charlie Turner Thorne and the Sun Devil women's basketball team.

RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS
Including the 2004 cross country season, the Sun Devil track and field program will see 11 of its student-athletes return to the track this season following a 2004 season in which they collectively earned 13 All-America honors.

On the indoor track, the entire men's 4x400m relay of Seth Amoo, Lewis Banda, Jason Barton and Domenik Peterson, as well individual awards from Barton (400m) and Peterson (200m), return to the lineup while the women bring back Amy Hastings (5,000m) and Jacquelyn Johnson (pentathlon), although Johnson will redshirt the indoor season.

Outdoors, Amoo, Banda, Barton, Peterson and Steven Koehnemann each return following a stellar spring that saw awards earned in both relays, as well as individual awards from Banda and Barton, both in the 400m. The women's 4x400m relay returns, minus one runner. Christina Hardeman, Cassandra Reed and Kandace Tucker were members of the relay while the third leg, Marcia Smith, graduated. Johnson also returns after garnering the national honor in the heptathlon.

A trio of cross country runners with All-America honors return to the track this year, including two-time award honoree Hastings. She is joined by Desiree Davila and Aaron Aguayo.

HISTORICAL HARRIER
Amy Hastings accomplished a feat that no other Sun Devil cross country student-athlete, male or female, had in school history: win a conference title. Hastings led the women to a runner-up team finish as she won the Pac-10 championship crown, and earning the first conference gold of any kind for the program as neither the men nor women have won a team title either.

CROSS COUNTRY RECAP
The cross country team put together its finest season in school history this past fall, culminating with the men finishing eighth and the women ninth at the NCAA Championships. Amy Hastings and Aaron Aguayo led the charge at nationals as both earned All-America honors.

HOME OF THE SUN DEVILS
Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium became the home of the Sun Devils at the open of the 1976 season. In the 28 years the track has been open, it has played host to seven conference championship meets and, on April 16, will welcome athletes to the 26th annual Sun Angel Classic presented by Coca-Cola.

NEXT TIME OUT
A trio of meets, all running Feb. 11-12, await the Sun Devils next weekend with trips planned to Flagstaff, Ariz., Seattle, Wash., and Boise, Idaho. Several individuals will return to Northern Arizona for the Lumberjack Multi-Events meet while other individuals will travel to the Husky Invitational in Seattle. The bulk of the team will head to Boise State for the Holiday Inn Team Invitational.

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