Track & Field Heads to Trio of Indoor Meets
Feb. 8, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - Members of the Arizona State University track and field team will head to one of three indoor meets this weekend, including trips to Seattle, Wash., Fayetteville, Ark., and Albuquerque, N.M. A total of 36 athletes will be competing this weekend as they attempt to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships that are one month away.
Here is who will be representing the Sun Devils on the road this weekend: New Mexico - Stephanie Garnett, Jacquelyn Johnson, April Kubishta, Cara Walker, Cameron Bennett, Brandon Glenn, Joshua Kinnaman and Ryan Zimmerman; Arkansas - Jessica Pressley, Sarah Stevens, Chris Adams, Jimmie Gordon, Jerry Jones, Steven Koehnemann, Kelvin Love Jr. and Domenik Peterson; Washington - Jordan Durham, Shauntel Elcock, Rachel Ellison, Christina Hardeman, Whitney Hardt, Amy Hastings, Latoya Imadiyi, Victoria Jackson, Jenna Kingma, D'Metra Macedon, Anna Masinelli, Jessie McLaughlin, Corey Randall, Cassie Rios, Latosha Wallace, Bridgette Williams, Aaron Aguayo, Casey Burchill, Jack Mann and Ryan Warrenburg.
FLYING HIGH AT AIR FORCE
The Air Force Invitational saw several Sun Devil women and one man qualify for the national tournament with all five making their marks in the field. On the women's side, Sarah Stevens automatically qualified for the indoor shot put while winning the event with a school record toss of 17.52m. She was joined by automatic qualifier Jessica Pressley in the weight throw with her winning toss of 21.39, also a school record. April Kubishta improved on her school record pole vault mark with a provisional qualifier mark of 4.07m while Jacquelyn Johnson recorded her fourth provisional mark of the season, this time in pentathlon with 3,998 points. The men were represented by Joshua Kinnaman, who provisionally qualified in the heptathlon with 5,304 points.
MORE ON AIR FORCE
Despite a small group of athletes making the trip to the Air Force meet last weekend, the Sun Devils still fared well as a team with the women placing second to Colorado State and the men fourth overall.
In the latest rankings released by Trackwire.com (February 6), the Sun Devil women remained in the Top 10, this time coming in at No. 9, while the men are not ranked.
Six women and one men appear on the this week's Dandy Dozen lists with four women holding places among the Top 5. On the women's side, Sarah Stevens leads the way at No. 3 in the shot put while fellow thrower Jessica Pressley is fifth in both the shot put and weight throw. April Kubishta also ranks fifth in the pole vault while Jacquelyn Johnson sits sixth in the long jump and eighth in the pentathlon. Domenik Peterson, the lone men's representative, ranks 11th in the 200m.
According the latest national order lists, nine women's marks and one men's marks appear this week, including four by Jacquelyn Johnson. The sophomore is eighth in both the pentathlon and long jump while sitting tied for 10th in the high jump and 21st in the 60m hurdles. Jessica Pressley also is a multiple qualifier as she ranks fourth in the shot put and tied for seventh in the weight toss. Sarah Stevens has the highest position on the lists as she is third in the shot put while pole vaulters April Kubishta (sixth) and Cara Walker (tied for 21st) round out the women on the lists. Joshua Kinnaman sits 13th in the heptathlon.
Women's throwers Sarah Stevens and Jessica Pressley recorded the first automatic qualifiers for the team over the weekend as they punched their tickets to the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships with throws of 17.52m in the shot put and 21.39m in the weight throw, respectively. Both marks are school records.
Five more provisional standards were met last weekend with four coming from the women and one from the men. Joshua Kinnaman scored 5,304 points in the heptathlon to meet the provisional standard for the first time this season while Jacquelyn Johnson (3,998 points) and Cara Walker (3.95m) also earned their first provisional marks of the season in the pentathlon and pole vault, respectively. April Kubishta (4.07m) in the pole vault and Jessica Pressley (16.82m) in the shot put both improved upon their previous provisional marks.
OLD MARK BROKEN
Leslie Deniz set the school record in the women's indoor shot put with a heave of 17.03m back in 1983. Three years later, current Sun Devil thrower Sarah Stevens was born. Twenty years after her birth, Stevens bumped Deniz' mark to the No. 2 position after winning the Air Force Invitational with a toss of 17.52m and breaking the 23 year-old record. Deniz' mark also fell during the last outdoor season as Jessica Pressley recorded a toss of 17.05m to break the 22 year-old mark of 17.03m.
NEW MARKS UPDATED
Sarah Stevens was not the only record breaker on the weekend. Jessica Pressley broke her own one-week old record in the weight throw with a big toss of 21.39m while April Kubishta did the same in the pole vault, increasing the top women's clearance to 4.07m
Last weekend, four more marks attained by Sun Devils athletes, excluding the previously mentioned school records, were good enough to earn a spot among the Top 5 in Arizona State history. The men saw Marquis Profit improve on the third-place time in the 60m hurdles, moving up to 8.17. The women had three marks all go for the third-best in their respective events, including Jessica Pressley in the shot put (16.82m), Sarah Stevens in the weigh throw (18.32m) and Cara Walker in the pole vault (3.95m).
A total of 12 events were won by Sun Devil athletes at the Air Force Invitational with nine coming from the women and three from the men. The women dominated the sprints as Latoya Imadiyi won the 60m dash and 200m dash while Latosha Wallace took the 400m event before Jacquelyn Johnson, Jordan Durham, Christina Hardeman and Bridgette Williams won the 4x440y relay. Also capturing wins were Stephanie Garnett (long jump), Sarah Stevens (shot put), Jessica Pressley (weight throw), Johnson (pentathlon) and April Kubishta (pole vault). The men saw Chris Adams win the open 400m dash before anchoring the 4x440y relay to a win. He joined Domenik Peterson, Jerry Jones and Kelvin Love Jr., on the relay. The final win came from Brandon Glenn in the pole vault.
Four women and six men return to the track this season with All-America honors to their names, including 2004 NCAA champion Jacquelyn Johnson. For the women, Johnson, a two-time award winner, is joined by five-time All-American Amy Hastings and single-honorees Christina Hardeman and Jessica Pressley. On the men's side, Domenik Peterson leads the way with five awards won and is joined by two-time honoree Aaron Aguayo and single-honorees Brandon Glenn, Ryan Warrenburg and Ryan Zimmerman.
At the end of the 2005 track and field season, 10 women and 10 men earned Academic All-Pac-10 honors, including eight student-athletes (three women and five men) earning first team accolades. Following the 2005 cross country season, 17 total athletes (nine women and eight men) attained the same honor from the conference with three women and four men earning first team accolades. Kal Clark and Jennifer Kowacz were both selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII First Team with Kowacz then earning ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team.
QUICK REVIEW: 2005 CROSS COUNTRY
The Arizona State harriers turned in another fine season of competition as both the men and women advanced to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. The women, led by Amy Hastings and her third cross country All-America honor in a row, finished fourth overall, earning the first trophy finish (Top 4) at a national meet for the program. This all came after the women finished as runners-up to Stanford, the 2005 national champion, in both the Pac-10 and NCAA West Region meets. The men, hit hard by injuries, continued to fight to finish 17th at the national meet following a third-place finish in the regional race and fifth-place at the conference meet. Casey Burchill and Ryan Warrenburg led the men all season and will look to help carry the load on the track as well.
RETURNING PAC-10 CHAMPIONS
Four men and two women return to the track this season after winning Pac-10 titles one year ago while one other woman returns after a redshirt season. For the men, two-time 3,000m steeplechase champion Aaron Aguayo is back and will look for his third title in a row while Steven Koehnemann (4x100m), Kelvin Love Jr. (4x100m) and Domenik Peterson (4x100m and 4x400m) round out the returning men. On the women's side, Christina Hardeman is the lone returning member of the championship 4x100m relay of one year ago while Anna Masinelli is back following her victory in the steeplechase last year. Two years ago, Jacquelyn Johnson won gold twice as she was crowned champion in the heptathlon and the high jump during the 2004 season.
SUN ANGEL STADIUM
Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium has served as the home of Arizona State track and field since 1976 and has seen its share of successful athletes participate in events on its surfaces. Olympic champions, such as Dwight Phillips (2004 long jump) and Nick Hysong (2000 pole vault), and both team and individual national champions have called the 5,000-plus seat venue home. Most recently, Jacquelyn Johnson was the newest addition to the list as she won the 2004 NCAA Heptathlon title. Sun Angel Stadium also plays host to at least four ASU events each season, culminating with the prestigious Sun Angel Classic presented by Coca-Cola. Entering its 27th year, the Classic features come of the top collegiate programs in the nation each year.
HOME MEET INFORMATION
Arizona State will play host to three home meets again this season as Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium will be home to the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 17 and 18 and the ASU Invitational on March 25. The final meet of the year at home will be the 27th Sun Angel Classic presented by Coca-Cola on April 15. For more information on the meets, including event schedules, visit the track and field page on thesundevils.com, the official web site of Sun Devil Athletics.
CHANGE OF PLANS
The coaching staff has announced the 2006 Bill Sawyer Invitational slated for Feb. 25 has been canceled as many of the invited teams will be unable to attend.
NEXT TIME OUT
Only one meet is on the schedule for the Sun Devils next weekend as they return to Flagstaff for the Northern Arizona Invitational on Feb. 18.