Harriers Head to Tucson for Dave Murray Invite Friday

Sept. 12, 2005

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Members of the Arizona State University cross country teams will travel south to Tucson, Ariz., Friday afternoon as they are set to compete in the Dave Murray Invitational being hosted by intrastate rival Arizona on the Dell Urich Golf Course. The women open the competition with a 6,000m run at 5:30 p.m. with the men closing out the day with an 8,000m circuit starting at 6:10 p.m.

The cross country season officially got underway two weeks ago as members of the Sun Devil teams ran amongst the cool pines in Flagstaff at the George Kyte Invitational (Sept. 3). During the opener, two ASU victories were recorded, one individually and one as a team. On the women's side, Jenna Wrieden won her first collegiate race, covering the 5,000m course in 17:56.8, and was followed by Brooke Bennett, who finished as the runner-up in 18:31.1. Despite having the Top 2 finishers in the race, the women's `B' team placed third overall.

On the men's side, the Sun Devil `B' squad won the team title with 35 points as each of the team's Top 5 runners each placed among the Top 12 in the race. Redshirt freshman David Mehlhorn led the team with his fourth-place finish at 26:39.0 and was followed by Jack Mann (6th), Jeremy Cramer (8th), Griffin Lee (10th) and David Gott (12th).

The first women's national rankings were released over the weekend with the Sun Devils earning the No. 8 position in the preseason FinishLynx Top 30. The men's MONDO Top 30 has not been released yet.

Amy Hastings made history last year at the Pac-10 Championships as she became the first Sun Devil harrier, male and female, to win the conference title as she finished first at the annual meet conducted at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Hastings' victory helped the women to second place in the team standings for the third year in a row. For her efforts, she also was selected as Pac-10 Athlete of the Year.

A pair of runners attained All-America honors last season at the NCAA Championships, held Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind. Both Amy Hastings and Aaron Aguayo finished 22nd overall in their respective races to earn the national accolade while pacing their squads to ninth and eighth place team finishes, respectively, at the national meet. Hastings earned her second All-America honor in cross country in as many seasons while Aguayo captured his first.

Thirteen women and 15 men return in 2005 to compete for the Sun Devils. On the women's side, several notable returnees include a quartet of harriers that competed at the NCAA Championships in 2004: Amy Hastings, Victoria Jackson, Anna Masinelli and Rachel Ellison. On the men's side, six of the seven runners at the national meet return, including Aaron Aguayo, Casey Burchill, Roger Cahill, Kal Clark, Velibor Radejovic and Ryan Warrenburg.

The Sun Devil men's and women's rosters each expanded by 10 spots this season with the women adding eight freshmen and one transfer while the men brought in eight freshmen and a pair of transfers. On the women's side, the rookie class includes freshmen Jocelyn Buras, Chelsea Caloia, Krystal Duke, Jill Glover, Ali Kielty, Samantha Knobbe, Angela Spadafino and Allyson Stewart. They are joined by Taylor Carroll, a transfer from Pepperdine and Lauren Hayes, a member of ASU's track and field team last season.

On the men's side, the freshmen are Max Baecker, Ross Blahnik, Ken Brook, Michael Cronin, Ian Moore, Tyler Raspiller, Tyler Scott and Sandy Skouson. Kyle Alcorn comes to the program after transferring from conference rival Oregon while Brent Wood rounds out the class after transferring in from near-by Mesa Community College. One final addition to the Sun Devil program is Rhonda Riley, who will serve as a graduate assistant following her graduation from Oregon State in 2004.

Over the past four seasons, the men's roster has had a Duke on it and this year, that will remain true as J.J. Duke returns for his senior season. This year, however, the women's roster also will include a Duke as Krystal Duke, J.J.'s sister, joins the Sun Devils.

Louie Quintana returns to the helm of the Sun Devil cross country program for his second season following one of the most successful seasons in program history. Not only did Quintana guide Amy Hastings to the program's first conference title in cross country, he also put together men's and women's teams that placed second in the Pac-10 and second in the NCAA West Region before earning berths into the NCAA Championships. At the national meet, Quintana's men took eighth and the women ninth as each team also produced one All-American each.

The Sun Devils return to action next weekend as they make their annual trip to the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn. The meet will be contested Saturday, Sept. 24 on the Les Bolstad Golf Course. One year ago, the women placed second among the 29 team field while the men took third in the 35 team event.

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