Former Sun Devil Galaviz Claims Steeplechase Crown at USA Champs

June 26, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Members of the Arizona State University track and field program, including current, former and future Sun Devils, competed at the 2006 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships June 21-25 at the Michael A. Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., with six of the 15 athletes placing among the Top 5 in their respective events at the top national meet.

Jason Lewis, Ryan Whiting, Amy Hastings, Sarah Stevens and Jessica Pressley made up the group of current Sun Devils on hand while former team members competing including recent graduates Ryan Warrenburg and Victoria Jackson and alumni Lisa (Aguilera) Galaviz, Kelly (MacDonald) Strong, Marcus Brunson, Vince Mosca, Dwight Phillips, Trevell Quinley and Nick Hysong. ASU also had one of its incoming freshmen competing in the meet in Mikias Gelagle, who will be a member of the cross country and track and field teams starting this fall.

Galaviz was the lone national champion on the weekend for the Sun Devil program as she captured the women's 3,000m steeplechase crown with a winning time of 9:57.58, edging out runner-up Kristin Anderson (9:57.98). Strong also competed in the finals of the same event, finishing fifth in 10:07.64. Staying in the distance races, Jackson, two weeks removed from winning the 10,000m run at the NCAA Championships, placed fifth at the same distance over the weekend in 33:14.76.

Hastings, the indoor 5,000m NCAA champion, placed 14th in the outdoor race, crossing the finish line as the second collegiate athlete in 16:22.82. Warrenburg, a native of Franklin, Ind., finished 17th in the preliminary round of the 3,000m steeplechase in 8:58.05, but did not advance to the finals. The final distance runner to compete was Gelagle, who placed 8th in the junior men's 10,000m run with a time of 33:19.42.

The only other track event with a Sun Devil competitor was the men's 100m dash. Brunson placed fifth overall in the first round of the event with a time of 10.22 to qualify for the semifinals. Brunson, however, did not start the semifinals and was out of the competition.

In the field, the Sun Devils earned four of their Top 10 finishes, including runner-up honors by Phillips in the long jump. The 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, Phillips took second with a mark of 8.08m (26-06.25) despite a strong headwind (-2.5). In the same event, Quinley finished fourth overall with his top mark of 7.89m (25-10.75). Lewis, competing in the junior division, placed third in the shot put with a mark of 18.70m (61-04.25) before placing ninth in the discus at 52.26m (171-05).

In the men's shot put, Mosca placed 11th with a mark of 19.33m (63-05.00) while Whiting, who redshirted this past collegiate season after winning the shot put and discus crowns at the USA Junior Championships last year, finished 18th with a mark of 18.79m (61-07.75). Whiting also placed 13th in the discus with a mark of 54.89m (180-01). The final ASU competitor in the men's field events was 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Hysong in the pole vault. Hysong did not place as he failed to clear a height.

The women's field athletes were comprised of two current team members in Pressley and Stevens. Pressley finished 14th in the discus at 49.70m (163-01) while Stevens placed 16th in the hammer with a mark of 60.80m (199-06). Both women competed in the shot put with Stevens finishing 11th in 16.45m (53-11.75) and Pressley taking 19th with a toss of 15.09m (49-06.25). The USATF will use the finishes at the national championships to determine who it will send to compete internationally this summer.

2006 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships
Arizona State athletes (current, former and future) ONLY
June 21, 2006
Junior Men's Discus
9. Jason Lewis - 52.26m (171-05)

Junior Men's 10,000m Run
8. Mikias Gelagle - 33:19.42

June 22, 2006
Junior Men's Shot Put
3. Jason Lewis - 18.70m (61-04.25)

Women's 3,000m Steeplechase (prelims)
6. Kelly (MacDonald) Strong - 10:18.09 (advances to finals)
8. Lisa (Aguilera) Galaviz - 10:18.25 (advances to finals)

June 23, 2006
Men's 100m Dash
5. Marcus Brunson - 10.22 (advances to semifinals)
- . Marcus Brunson - did not start in the semifinals

Men's 3,000m Steeplechase (prelims)
17. Ryan Warrenburg - 8:58.05 (did not qualify for finals)

Women's Hammer
16. Sarah Stevens - 60.80m (199-06)

Women's 5,000m Run
15. Amy Hastings - 16:22.82

Men's Shot Put
11. Vince Mosca - 19.33m (63-05.00)
18. Ryan Whiting - 18.79m (61-07.75)

Women's 10,000m Run
5. Victoria Jackson - 33:14.76

Men's Long Jump
2. Dwight Phillips - 8.08m (26-06.25)(2.5 headwind)
4. Trevell Quinley - 7.98m (21-10.75)(0.2 headwind)

June 24, 2006
Women's 3,000m Steeplechase (final)
1. Lisa (Aguilera) Galaviz - 9:57.58
5. Kelly (MacDonald) Strong - 10:07.64

Women's Discus
14. Jessica Pressley - 49.70m (163-01)

Men's Pole Vault
- . Nick Hysong - no height

June 25, 2006
Men's Discus
13. Ryan Whiting - 54.89m (180-01)

Women's Shot Put
11. Sarah Stevens - 16.45m (53-11.75)
19. Jessica Pressley - 15.09m (49-06.25)

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