Track & Field Heads to Tucson for Double Dual

April 26, 2006

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TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University track and field team renews its annual intrastate rivalry with Arizona and Northern Arizona this weekend as the three teams battle for state bragging rites inside the Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson this Saturday starting at 4 p.m. The Sun Devils will compete against the Wildcats and Lumberjacks in scored meets.

The Double Dual has several start times this weekend with the throwing events getting underway at 4 p.m. with the men's hammer while the men's discus starts at 5 p.m. The jumping events open with the women's pole vault at 6 p.m., as do the running events with the women's 3,000m steeplechase.

Arizona State's men and women have enjoyed success in the annual dual in recent years including a sweep of both the indoor and outdoor meets last year and the indoor meet this season. At the 2005 outdoor meet in Tempe, the Sun Devil men defeated the Wildcats, 108-91, and the Lumberjacks, 132-40, while the women took a 116-81 victory over Arizona and a 131-55 decision to Northern Arizona.

Dating back to the 1986 outdoor season, the Double Dual has been held 19 times. Arizona State trails Arizona 12-7 in the men's series and 10-9 in the women's meetings as both have closed the gap following recent winning streaks. The Sun Devil men have won three in a row while the women have defeated the Wildcats, five years in a row. Against Northern Arizona, ASU leads the men's series, 14-4-1, while the women hold a 16-3 advantage. The Sun Devil men have been victorious in the past eight meetings while the women have nine in a row.

The Double Dual is not the only competition the Sun Devils will be represented in this weekend as four distance runners will head to Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday for the Cardinal Classic hosted by Stanford. Women's runners Amy Hastings and Victoria Jackson and men's runners Aaron Aguayo and Casey Burchill will all compete in the 5,000m run.

In the latest national rankings released April 25, the Sun Devil women remained in the Top 10 as Trackwire has them ranked seventh and the coaches' poll has them sixth.

The Sun Devils are just two weeks away from the start of the championship season as the heptathlon and decathlon events for the Pac-10 Championships is set for May 6-7 in Eugene, Ore. The remaining events of the conference meet will be contested the following weekend (May 13-14) with the NCAA West Region meet following two weeks after that in Provo, Utah. The NCAA Championships follow the regional meet, set for June 7-9 in Sacramento, Calif.

Over the weekend, Jessica Pressley reset her own school record and moved into the No. 10 position on the all-time Pac-10 list in the shot put, heaving the implement 17.19m (56-4.75) at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, Calif., to break her previous best of 17.05m (55-11.25), set last year at the NCAA West Region Championships. When she broke the mark last year, she bettered Leslie Deniz' toss of 17.03m (55-10.50) that had stood for 22 years, dating back to the 1983 season.

Members of the Arizona State women's team have turned in impressive marks this season, both indoors and out. Comparatively to the all-time Pac-10 lists, several of those marks have earned positions among the Top 10 all-time in the conference. In the field, Sarah Stevens recorded a toss of 17.52m (57-5.75) at the NCAA Indoor Championships to record the eighth-best mark all-time before Jessica Pressley moved into the No. 10 spot with her toss of 17.19m (56-4.75) recorded last weekend. Stevens also is just off the Top 10 list in the hammer throw as her mark of 63.17m (207-3) ranks 11th overall. On the track, Amy Hastings has climbed into the Top 10 in two events as she now stands seventh on the 5,000m list (15:45.45) and is sixth in the 10,000m run (33:17.89). Victoria Jackson also has made the all-time list in the 10,000m run, ranking eighth all-time with a time of 33:20.58.

Jessica Pressley had a solid weekend at the Triton Invitational as she placed highly in all three throwing events she entered. After finishing 10th in the hammer on the first day of competition, the sophomore competed in the discus and threw a personal best 56.18m (184-4) to move into third on the ASU all-time lists. Following that performance, Pressley competed in the shot put and reset her school record with a toss of 17.19m (56-4.75), the 10th-best in Pac-10 history. Overall, Pressley placed fourth in the discus and second among collegiate athletes while finishing third overall and first among college entries in the shot.

Seven women and four men have qualified individually for the regional meet in two or more events so far this season with four of the women and one men qualifying for three events each. On the men's side, Domenik Peterson leads the way with qualifying marks in the 100m dash, 200m dash and 400m dash and also assisted the 4x100m and 4x400m relays in qualifying for the meet. For the women, Victoria Jackson has earned berths in the 1,500m, 5,000m and 10,000m runs while Jacquelyn Johnson has posted marks in the 100m hurdles, the high jump and the heptathlon. In the field, both Sarah Stevens and Jessica Pressley each have earned berths in the hammer, shot put and discus events.

Four Sun Devil rookies also have qualified for the regional meet this season with three of athletes finding success following their redshirt season. On the women's side, redshirt freshmen Jenna Kingma has qualified for the 1,500m and 5,000m runs while Sarah Stevens is on the list in the hammer, discus and shot put events. True freshmen Stephanie Garnett has also qualified for the regional meet in the long jump while the men's lone rookie, Joey Heller, has made the meet in the 5,000m run.

April Kubishta placed second in the women's pole vault at the Sun Angel Classic over the weekend as she cleared 4.06m (13-03.75) to become just the second Arizona State female to vault over 13 feet in competition. The other Sun Devil was Angela Tavlarides, who cleared 4.10m (13-05.25) one year ago.

In the latest release of the Dandy Dozen, Arizona State has 11 women ranked among the Top 12 in Trackwire's projected national finishes. Amy Hastings (5,000m) and Jacquelyn Johnson (heptathlon) continue to lead their respective events while Jessica Pressley's performance over the weekend in the shot put moved her to fourth on the list with teammate Sarah Stevens ranking fifth. Stevens also is ranked sixth in the hammer and 12th in the discus, making her the only Sun Devil appearing on the list in three events. Also ranked in the scoring (Top 8) is Brooke Bennett, who is projected eighth in the 3,000m steeplechase.

Two Sun Devil entries rank among the Top 8 (scoring places) with Domenik Peterson having a hand in both. Peterson is ranked eighth in the 200m dash and is a part of the fifth-ranked 4x400m relay team.

Two men's and eight women's marks currently rank in the Top 8 of the national order lists (as of April 24). For the men, Ryan Warrenburg (5,000m) and the 4x400m relay of Jerry Jones, Chris Adams, Rich Allen and Domenik Peterson are both ranked seventh. On the women's side, Jacquelyn Johnson ranks second in the heptathlon while Amy Hastings (10,000m) ranks fourth. Jessica Pressley is the lone Sun Devil ranked in the Top 8 in two events, sitting fifth in the shot put and eighth in the discus. Sarah Stevens (hammer) and Jenna Kingma (5,000m) are both ranked sixth while Brooke Bennett is seventh in the 3,000m steeplechase and Victoria Jackson rounds out the rankings as she is eighth in the 10,000m run.

So far this season, the women have posted 28 individual regional qualifying marks and added three more relays while the men have recorded 20 individual entries and four relay marks. Of those marks, 17 of the women's individual marks and 10 of the men's are ranked among the Top 5 with all relay entries on both sides ranked in the Top 5. For the women, Brooke Bennett (steeplechase), Amy Hastings (10,000m) and Jacquelyn Johnson (heptathlon) hold the top spot on the order lists while the men boast Domenik Peterson (200m), Ryan Warrenburg (5,000m), Ryan Zimmerman (triple jump) and the 4x400m relay of Jerry Jones, Chris Adams, Rich Allen and Peterson.

According to the latest Pac-10 Conference lists, the women hold 28 marks ranked in the Top 8 while the men hold 17 marks in the Top 8. The women are led by Jacquelyn Johnson, who holds the top mark in the heptathlon (5,797 points) and is tied for the lead in the high jump (1.80m) with two others. Amy Hastings holds the top time in the 10,000m run while Sarah Stevens ranks first in the shot put (17.52m indoors). On the men's side, Domenik Peterson is the leader in the 200m dash (20.86) and Ryan Zimmerman leads the triple jump (15.82m). The 4x400m relay of Jerry Jones, Chris Adams, Rich Allen and Peterson also holds the top time in the event so far this season.

At the Stanford Invitational last year, Amy Hastings ran 33:19.32 to set the school record in the 10,000m run. It was the same result one year later as Hastings clocked in at 33:17.89 to reset her top mark. Victoria Jackson, who ran the fourth-fastest time in school history in the same race last year, turned in a near 40 second improvement to clock in at 33:20.58 to move into the No. 2 position on the all-time list at ASU.

NCAA champions Amy Hastings and Jacquelyn Johnson added to their successful careers over the weekend by winning their first and second titles, respectively. Hastings, who became the first Sun Devil to win a distance event national title in track, also is the only ASU cross country runner to ever win the Pac-10 title, doing so in 2004. Johnson, the national runner-up indoors in 2004, also won the outdoor heptathlon in 2004 before redshirting last year to compete on the ASU basketball team.

The Pac-10 Championships open next weekend as the heptathlon and decathlon will be contested in Eugene, Ore., on May 6-7. The remaining events will be contested the following weekend, May 13-14.

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