Track and Field Continues Stellar Season With Improved Marks in Tucson

April 2, 2005


TEMPE, Ariz. - Members of the Arizona State University track and field team headed south to Tucson to compete in the Arizona International Saturday and returned home with several victories and regional qualifying marks at the meet held inside the Roy P. Drachman Stadium. Overall, Sun Devil student-athletes won six of the 22 contested events, four by the women and two by the men.

On the women's side of the competition, Porchea Carroll led the way as she captured first place finishes in both the 100m dash and the long jump. In the short sprint, Carroll broke the tape in 11.47 to qualify for the region meet as well as post the seventh-fastest time in program history. In the long jump, she recorded a mark of 6.05m (19-10.25) to also qualify for the regional meet.

Cassandra Reed won the women's 400m dash in 52.84 to improve upon her regional qualifying mark while Jessica Pressley captured the shot put with a toss of 16.68m (54-08.75). The mark by Pressley ranks third on the ASU all-time lists while her regional-qualifying mark of 55.07m (180-08) stands fourth all-time in the discus. Also in the discus, Julia Pedersen moved up to No. 6 all-time with her throw of 54.35m (178-04). Pressley, Pedersen (15.39m/50-06.00) and Jennifer Kowacz (15.12m/49-07.25) each recorded regional marks in the shot put.

On the men's side, freshman Kelvin Love won the 100m dash at 10.47 to earn a trip to the regional meet in Eugene, Ore., while Ryan Zimmerman picked up the other victory for ASU as he won the long jump with a mark of 6.72m (22-00.75). Joining Love with a regional qualifier on the day was Travis Jones. The senior thrower surpassed the standard in the shot put (17.10m/56-01.25) and the discus (52.51m/172-03).

The Sun Devils return to action next weekend as they head to Austin, Texas, April 6-9 for the 2005 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium, the same facility used for the 2004 NCAA Championships.

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