Kingma Wins 5,000m Run at NCAA West Region; Women Sit Second
May 26, 2006
PROVO, Utah - The 2006 NCAA West Region Championships got underway in Provo, Utah, Friday with members of the Arizona State University women's track and field team recording solid performances and advancing four of its athletes advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, June 7-10, in Sacramento, Calif. With their performances, the Sun Devil women are currently in second place in the team standings with 31 points while UCLA leads with 32.50. The men have not scored in the meet.
Freshman Jenna Kingma led the charge for the women as she won the 5,000m run in 16:55.58 to score 10 points in the team race while earning a trip to the national meet. She will be joined by Sarah Stevens and Jessica Pressley who finished second and third, respectively, in the shot put. Stevens recorded a mark of 16.14m (52-11.50) while Pressley recorded a toss of 15.78m (51-09.25). The final qualifier was Jacquelyn Johnson, who finished fifth in the high jump with a clearance of 1.71m (5-07.25). Johnson, who tied for fourth in the event, took fifth place in the jump off.
Two other women will await word from the NCAA to see if they will compete in the national meet as they finished in the Top 12. Stephanie Garnett placed eighth in the long jump with a mark of 6.13m (20-01.50) to score one team point while Becky Holley finished 12th in the javelin with a mark of 45.18m (148-03).
Several other women remain in contention as they advanced to the Saturday's event finals, including four sprinters. Johnson placed sixth in the 100m hurdles in a wind-aided 13.43 while Bridgette Williams also took sixth in the 400m dash in 54.91. Both will need to improve on their finishes by one place to reach the national meet. Latosha Wallace placed second in the 400m hurdles (58.80) while Christina Hardeman was third in the 400m dash (53.78).
On the men's side, Kelvin Love Jr. finished fourth in the 200m dash in 20.73 with a tail wind of 5.9 meters per second to help him along to the finals on Saturday. Two Sun Devils finished in the Top 12 of their respective events and will await word from the NCAA to see if they make the national field. Those two athletes include Marquis Profit, who placed 12th in the preliminaries of the 110m hurdles in 14.30 while Casey Burchill took 11th in the 5,000m run in 15:24.98. ASU's lone relay entry, the 4x100m relay, finished 10th overall in 43.34 after Domenik Peterson was injured on the second leg of the race. He later withdrew from the 200m dash.
Action continues Saturday in Provo.
Women's Javelin Throw
12. Becky Holley - 45.18m (148-03)
Women's 100m Hurdle Preliminaries
6. Jacquelyn Johnson - 13.43 (+4.0) - advances to event final Saturday
Women's High Jump
4. Jacquelyn Johnson - 1.71m (5-07.25) - advances to NCAA Championships
Women's 400m Hurdle Preliminaries
2. Latosha Wallace - 58.80 - advances to event final Saturday
Men's 110m Hurdle Preliminaries
12. Marquis Profit - 14.30 (+1.8)
Men's 400m Hurdle Preliminaries
18. Marquis Profit - 53.80
Men's Hammer Throw
20. Tomas Navarro - 52.71m (172-11)
Men's Discus Throw
19. Tomas Navarro - 52.07m (170-10)
Men's Pole Vault
17. Brandon Glenn - 5.06m (16-07.25)