Track & Field Duo Head to Pac-10 Multi Champs.
May 5, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. - One week removed from sweeping its intrastate rivals, the Arizona State University track and field team jumps into the championships portion of its season with a pair of student-athletes heading to UCLA's Drake Stadium this weekend for the 2005 Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships (May 7-8).
HEADING TO LOS ANGELES - Two Sun Devils will head to Los Angeles this weekend for the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships with Alana Waterford entering the heptathlon event and Ryan Ehler taking part in the decathlon. Ehler will compete in five different events each day while Waterford will enter four events on the first day and three on the final day.
NOT IN THE MEET - A pair of mulit-event specialists on the Sun Devil roster will not be competing this weekend. Defending Pac-10 and NCAA heptathlon champion Jacquelyn Johnson will not be in the field as she is redshirting the 2005 season after competing with the ASU women's basketball team in the winter. Joshua Kinnaman, the 2004 Pac-10 runner-up in the decathlon, also will not compete as he has been hampered by injuries dating back to the indoor season.
WHAT IS AT STAKE - The multi-event meet marks the start of the Pac-10 Championships meet that will span four days and two separate weekends. Points will be earned by the Top 8 placers in each of the multi-events this weekend and will be added to their respective team's totals.
PAC-10 HONORS - For the second week in a row and third week this season, members of the team have been honored by the Pac-10 for their performances. This week, five student-athletes garnered the weekly accolades, including Jessica Pressley, the Women's Field Athlete of the Week, and the men's 4x100m relay of Steven Koehnemann, Domenik Peterson, Seth Amoo and Kelvin Love, the Men's Co-Track Athletes of the Week (shared with Stanford's Ian Dobson, 10,000m run).
The men's relay clocked a 38.71 to win the Double Dual while breaking a 26-year old school record and turning in the fastest time in the collegiate ranks, the fifth-fastest in the world and the fifth-fastest time in conference history. Pressley, for the third time this year, set the school mark in the hammer throw at 63.51m (208-04) to move up to No. 6 on the collegiate lists this season and shattering the meet record.
Two weeks ago at the Oregon Invitational (April 23), Aaron Aguayo clocked a time of 13:49.11 in the men's 5,000m run to break a 15 year-old school record in the event, set in 1990 by Todd Lewis (3:51.40). For his effort, Aguayo was selected as the Pac-10 Male Track Athlete of the Week. He joined Trevell Quinley, who earned the honor in the field April 11.
ARE YOU ON THE LIST? - Heading into the Pac-10 Championships, the Sun Devil men are ranked No. 6 in the Trackwire.com rankings while the women are tied for 14th. In the Team Power Rankings, both teams currently sit 2nd.
WHERE IN THE WORLD - In the latest world lists, a trio of Sun Devil entrants remain among the Top 20. The men's 4x100m relay of Steven Koehnemann, Domenik Peterson, Seth Amoo and Kelvin Love leads the way as the fifth-fastest on the planet while one of the individual members of the relay, Peterson, is ranked sixth in the world in the 400m dash. The final entrant is Trevell Quinley, who ranks No. 8 in the long jump.
IN GOOD POSITIONS - Although the NCAA Championships are a little over one month away and there is plenty of competitions remaining, several Sun Devils are sitting pretty in regards to their ranking in the national scene. On the women's side of things, Amy Hastings currently sits third overall in the women's 10,000m run. For the men, the 4x100m relay and long jumper Trevell Quinley each rank first in the nation in their respective events while the 4x400m relay sits second and Domenik Peterson third in the open quarter.
REGIONAL REGISTRATIONS - So far this outdoor season, 69 marks have been recorded by Sun Devil student-athletes that qualify them either for the regional or national meets. The men account for 37 of the marks with one earning a national berth while the women have collected the other 32 regional marks with two going for entry into the national meet.
SPINNING MORE RECORDS THAN A DJ - The annual Double Dual not only produced a pair of wins for both the men and women over their intrastate rivals Arizona and Northern Arizona, it also produced a trio of school records. On the track, the men's 4x100m relay of Steven Koehnemann, Domenik Peterson, Seth Amoo and Kelvin Love shattered a 26 year old mark by winning the event at 38.71, surpassing the 38.78 recorded by Ron Brown, LaMonte King, Greg Moore and Dwayne Evans.
In the field, Jessica Pressley reset the school mark in the women's hammer for the third time this season as she won the event with a heave of 63.51m (208-04) while pole vaulter Angela Tavlarides continued to increase the standard as she cleared 4.10m (13-05.50).
MORE ON THE RECORDS - So far in 2005, five school records have been established, three by the women and two by the men. For the ladies, Amy Hastings set the mark in the 10,000m run at 33:!6.32 while Angela Tavlarides and Jessica Pressley set the marks in the pole vault and hammer, respectively, over the weekend. Aaron Aguayo set the men's 5,000m run record at 13:49.11 while the men's 4x100m relay broke the mark at the Double Dual over the weekend.
KING OF THE (SAND) CASTLE - At the 2005 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays (April 7-9), Trevell Quinley won the men's long jump in his first outdoor competition in the event since finishing as the national runner-up indoors in March. Not only did he win, he won big as he recorded a mark of 8.17m (26-09.75), the best mark not only in the collegiate ranks so far in 2005, but also the top mark among all Americans this year. His leap also ranks him second all-time on the ASU lists behind 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Dwight Phillips, who set the bar at 8.21m.
LEADERS OF THE PAC(-10) - Heading into the Pac-10 Championships, the Sun Devils have five of the top marks with four coming on the men's side of competition. Domenik Peterson is the league leader in the 400m dash and is a member of the conference-leading 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams. Trevell Quinley rounds out the leaders with the top mark in the long jump. Amy Hastings is the lone women's leader as she holds the top mark in the 10,000m run.
DOING IT DIFFERENT THIS SEASON - Prior to the start of the season, the Pac-10 Conference coaches voted on how student-athletes would qualify for the conference championship meet at the end of each season. Following the vote, it was decided that no standards will be created for an athlete to try and surpass, rather, the head coach of each team selects up to 24 men and up to 24 women to compete at the Pac-10 meet. Athletes can be entered in as many events as the coach sees fit, but no more than eight per school can enter into one event.
THROWING IM-PRESSLEY - Jessica Pressley has been very dominant in her first collegiate outdoor season with the Sun Devils in 2005. So far this season, Pressley not only threw her way onto the Top 10 lists at ASU, she has set one record and put all three of her marks among the Top 6 all-time. In the hammer, her mark of 63.51m (208-04) not only is a school record, but also marked the first time that an ASU woman has thrown past the 60m mark and broken 200 feet. Her marks in the other two events are 16.68m (54-08.75) in the shot put and 55.07m (180-08) in the discus.
KEEPING UP WITH JONES - Travis Jones also is having a stellar start to his outdoor season as he has entered five events in two meets and posted regional qualifying marks in all five. So far, Jones has punched his ticket to Eugene, Ore., in the hammer, shot put and discus. At the Double Dual, he won the hammer with a personal best mark of 58.90m (193-03) to move into the No. 4 spot on the all-time ASU lists.
JUMPING IN - Football standout Rudy Burgess competed in his first collegiate track and field meet at the Double Dual last weekend and placed second in both the long jump and triple jump. In the long jump, he recorded a top mark of 23-04.50 (7.12m) before jumping 48-11.50 (14.92m) in the triple.
ALL-AMERICANS - On March 11-12, the NCAA Championships were held in Fayetteville, Ark., with 12 members of the ASU program participating in the national event. When the two-day national meet concluded, four Sun Devils emerged as All-Americans, including Trevell Quinley in the long jump (2nd), Domenik Peterson in the 200m dash (4th) and Brandon Glenn in the pole vault (7th) for the men and Amy Hastings in the 5,000m run (5th) for the women.
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.
Outdoors, Seth Amoo, Lewis Banda, Jason Barton, Domenik 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. Jaquelyn Johnson also returns after garnering the national honor in the heptathlon.
LONG JUMP SUCCESS - Arizona State long jumping has seen success in the past year with two solid finishes in competitive meets. Most recently, Trevell Quinley finished second at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a leap of 7.92m (26-00.00) and earned the third All-America honor of his career. More recently, he recorded the longest leap in the collegiate and American ranks in 2005 (8.17m) outdoors at the Texas Relays (April 8). Seven months prior to Quinley's indoor meet performance, former Sun Devil jumper Dwight Phillips captured gold at the Athens Olympics with a mark of 8.59m (28-02.25). Both men are one six ASU jumpers to jump over 26 feet.
IT'S BEEN A LITTLE WHILE SINCE ... - Brandon Glenn finished seventh in the indoor pole vault competition at the NCAA meet (March 11) to capture his first All-America honor. Glenn's accolade also was the first since 1994 when Nick Hysong captured the national honor. That same year, Glenn was nine years old.
And speaking of Hysong, the 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist competed in the Baldy Castillo Invitational over the weekend and won the event with a clearance of 5.15m. Although the winning mark was not close to his personal best and school record clearances, the result still goes down as a Sun Angel Stadium record, surpassing the 5.10m clearance attained by a trio of men.
A TRIPLE CROWN ... OF SORTS - Amy Hastings is two-thirds of the way toward history following her All-American performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships (March 11) where she placed seventh in the 5,000m run. Prior to the track season, she garnered the accolade in cross country. If she attains All-America honors during this outdoor season, she would do what only one other Sun Devil, male or female, has ever done: earn All-America honors in cross country, indoor and outdoor track in one season.
Lisa Aguilera is the only runner (so far) in school history to pull off the `triple crown' as she earned the national honor in 2000. She finished fifth at the NCAA cross country meet before placing seventh in the indoor mile and 8th in the outdoor 1,500m.
NATIONAL RECORD - Last season, Seth Amoo helped the men's 4x400m relay set the NCAA collegiate national record in the indoor version of the race as he and his teammates clocked a 3:03.43 at the Iowa State Last Chance meet. Feb. 11, Amoo, the former school record holder in the 200m dash, set a national record on his own by finishing second in the 200m at the Holiday Inn Team Invitational in 20.95. The time made him the first representative of Ghana to run under 21 seconds, giving the senior the national record.
ALL RECORDS GO THROUGH JB - Looking over the men's record book for the indoor season, several impressive things standout. One of those is the men's 4x400m relay of Jason Barton, Steve Fitch, Seth Amoo and Domenik Peterson, who stand No. 1 on the lists with a collegiate record 3:03.43. Looking at all five of the top times for the relay event, one name keeps appearing: Jason Barton. In his four years in Tempe, Barton has helped his teammates record the fastest times around while securing All-America honors and conference championships.
TAKING OVER - The indoor men's 200m dash record section looks almost like a shortened version of the team roster as all five ranks are currently occupied by student-athletes on the 2005 team roster. Domenik Peterson leads the group at 20.43 set this season while placing fourth at the NCAA meet.
Seth Amoo (20.95) and Lewis Banda (21.19) are second and fourth, respectively. The marks by Amoo and Banda are the oldest on the current list as both were achieved in the 2003 season. The remaining two marks were both attained in Flagstaff two weeks ago with Kelvin Love (21.15) and Steven Koehnemann (21.24) sitting third and fifth, respectively.
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 did not compete during the indoor season this year as she was playing for Charlie Turner Thorne and the Sun Devil women's basketball team. ASU advanced to the Sweet 16 of the tournament.
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.
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.
NEXT TIME OUT - The Sun Devils head to Pasadena for the 2005 Pac-10 Championships May 14-15 at Drake Stadium and will be hosted by UCLA.