Track & Field Heads to MPSF Indoor Championships

Feb. 22, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University track and field team will send a large contingent to Seattle this weekend as the Sun Devils are set to compete in the 2006 MPSF Indoor Championships at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the Washington campus Friday and Saturday. Marks attained this weekend and next will be used for qualification into the NCAA meet, set for March 10-11, in Fayetteville, Ark.

WHO'S INVITED
Eleven West Coast institutions will be represented at the 2006 MPSF Indoor Championships this weekend, including eight Pac-10 teams: Arizona State, Arizona, California, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Washington State. The remaining teams will include Cal Poly (women only), Long Beach State and UC Irvine (women only).

WHERE WE RANK
Several Sun Devils rank highly in the final Top 20 Best Marks lists compiled by the MPSF. On the men's side, Top 5 individuals include Steven Koehnemann (t-3rd, 60m dash), Kelvin Love Jr. (2nd, 200m) and Domenik Peterson (3rd, 200m & 2nd, 400m), Chris Adams (4th, 400m), Ryan Warrenburg (3rd, 5000m), Ryan Zimmerman (2nd, triple jump) and Joshua Kinnaman (2nd, heptathlon). The men's 4x400m relay is ranked second. On the women's side, those individuals include Jacquelyn Johnson (5th, 60m hurdles; 1st, high jump; 1st, long jump; 3rd, pentathlon), Latosha Wallace (1st, 400m), Christina Hardeman (2nd, 400m), Bridgette Williams (3rd, 400m), Jenna Kingma (5th, 3000m), Amy Hastings (1st, 5000m), Victoria Jackson (2nd, 5000m), Cassie Rios (4th, 5000m), Stephanie Garnett (2nd, long jump), April Kubishta (2nd, pole vault), Cara Walker (5th, pole vault), Sarah Stevens (1st, shot put & 3rd, weight throw) and Jessica Pressley (2nd, shot put & 1st, weight throw). The women's 4x400m relay is ranked second.

ALL ABOARD
Arizona State's team in Seattle this weekend will be comprised of 17 women and 14 men. Both teams will field entries into the 4x400m relay and distance medley relay while competing in several other individual events. Including the relays, Sun Devil student-athletes are set to compete in 11 women's events and 11 men's events.

RECORD RETURNS
Two weeks ago, several Sun Devils traveled to Seattle for the Husky Invitational with two distance runners, Amy Hastings and Ryan Warrenburg, returning to campus with school records. Hastings, who held the mark in the 5,000m run at the start of the year with 16:04.83, shattered her own record with a run of 15:45.45. The mark, which also is a Dempsey Indoor record, was the fifth fastest in the world at the time of the run. Warrenburg recorded a time of 14:02.34 in the 3,000m run to just nip Fasil Bizuneh's 2003 mark of 14:02.94, or a difference of 0.60 seconds.

BROKEN RECORDS
To date, five school records have been broken during the indoor season with four coming from the women's side of competition. April Kubishta opened the year by breaking the record in the pole vault and has reset the mark on three occasions this season while fellow field event competitors Sarah Stevens (shot put) and Jessica Pressley (weight throw) have taken over the top spot in their respective events. Stevens' mark broke a 23 year-old record while Pressley's topped the mark set in 2001. The other two records came from Amy Hastings in the 5,000m run and Ryan Warrenburg in the 3,000m run (see above).

MANUFACTURING AUTOS
Women's throwers Sarah Stevens and Jessica Pressley recorded the first automatic qualifiers for the team while competing at the Air Force Invitational 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. Two weeks ago, Amy Hastings joined the duo with an automatic qualifier of her own as she earned a national berth in the 5,000m run with a time of 15:45.45.

TEAM RANKINGS
In the latest rankings released by Trackwire.com (February 21), the Sun Devil women remained in the Top 10, this time coming in tied for 11th with Pac-10 rival USC while the men are not ranked.

DANDY DOZEN
Six women and one man appear on the latest Dandy Dozen release (Feb. 21), including one woman making the list twice. For the ladies, Jessica Pressley is ranked seventh in both the shot put and weight throw while fellow thrower Sarah Stevens sits fourth in the shot. Amy Hastings leads all athletes as she is ranked third in the 5,000m run with April Kubishta ranked fifth in the pole vault and Jacquelyn Johnson sitting ninth in the pentathlon. On the men's side, Ryan Zimmerman is ranked 12th in the triple jump.

NATIONAL LISTS
According the latest national order lists, six men's marks and 13 women's marks appear this week with seven women's marks ranking among the Top 10. Amy Hastings leads the way as the third-ranked 5,000m runner while field athletes April Kubishta (5th, pole vault), Sarah Stevens (5th, shot put), Jessica Pressley (7th in shot put, 8th in weight throw) and Jacquelyn Johnson (9th in both the pentathlon and long jump) round out the Top 10.

NEW TO THE LISTS
Five men's and four women's marks earned Sun Devil athletes a place on the national list for the first time this season with one mark earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships. On the men's side, sprinter Domenik Peterson made his season debut on the 400m list and joined Chris Adams, Jerry Jones and Jimmie Gordon on the 4x400m relay list while distance runners Aaron Aguayo and Ryan Warrenburg made the lists in the mile and 5,000m run, respectively. Ryan Zimmerman rounded out the men's newcomers on the lists in the triple jump. On the men's side, Amy Hastings earned the lone automatic berth on the weekend in the 5,000m run and was joined on the 5,000m list by Victoria Jackson. Redshirt freshman Jenna Kingma made the list in the 3,000m event while true freshman Stephanie Garnett made the list in the long jump.

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.

RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS
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.

ITS ACADEMIC
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.

NEXT TIME OUT
Last chance weekend is next up for the Sun Devils as several members of the team will travel to one of three sites to try and improve upon their marks and gain entrance into the NCAA Championships set for March 9-11 at Fayetteville, Ark.

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