ASU's Distance, Field Events Post Record Performances at Husky Invite

Feb. 12, 2005


TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University track and field team sent several of its distance runners and field event specialists to the Husky Invitational Saturday afternoon in Seattle, Wash., and got solid performances all around as one student-athlete automatically qualified for the NCAA indoor meet and seven others posted provisional marks. Also, the Sun Devil contingent recorded two school records and 11 total marks that rank among the Top 5 all-time at ASU.

The women stole the show as both Amy Hastings and Angela Tavlarides recorded school records in the 5,000m run and pole vault, respectively. Hastings, who held the mark at 16:06.11, finished fifth overall with a record time of 16:05.83 while also automatically qualifying for the NCAA meet. Three weeks ago, Tavlarides held the pole vault mark before Cara Walker took it last week. This week, Tavlarides became the first Sun Devil woman to break the 13-foot barrier, establishing the record at 4.03m (13-2.50) to finish fourth and provisionally qualify while Walker took eighth with what would have been an improvement on the record at 3.88m (12-8.75).

On the track, Victoria Jackson followed Hastings across the line to finish 11th with an NCAA provisional mark of 16:39.98. Two provisionals were recorded in the women's shot put as Julia Pedersen won the event with a heave of 15.67m (51-5) and Jennifer Kowacz placing second at 15.57m (51-1). Provisionals on the men's side were reached by Velibor Radejovic and Aaron Aguayo in the 3,000m run at 8:03.07 and 8:04.42, respectively, while Casey Burchill met the standard in the 5,000m run at 14:03.11.

In the record book, Rachel Ellison took over the No. 4 position on the mile list while finishing second in 4:49.41 and Jessica Crate claimed the No. 4 spot in the 3,000m run at 9:46.11 while placing fifth in the race. On the men's side, Radejovic and Aguayo made the 3,000m list at second and fifth, respectively while Burchill, Ryan Warrenburg (14:17.98) and Juan Reyes (14:21.73) now sit second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 5,000m run.

The Sun Devils will compete as one group next time out as the men and women head to Flagstaff, Ariz., for the Springco Invitational. The meet will open at 8:25 a.m. with the field events and at 8:30 a.m. for the running events inside the J.L. Walkup Skydome.

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