ASU Women's Track and Field Garners Top National Ranking

Jan. 30, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. - The United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its first indoor national rankings of the season with both the women and men's programs at Arizona State University earning placement in the Top 20. Based upon the votes of 35 panel members representing each Division I conference, the Sun Devil women were selected as the No. 1 team in the land while the men enter the weekend No. 16.

Coming off a 2006 season in which the women placed third overall indoors, the Sun Devils return 29 of the 30 points scored at the NCAA Indoor Championships, including national champions Jacquelyn Johnson in the pentathlon and Amy Hastings in the 5,000m run. Also returning and ranked highly in the individual lists are Sarah Stevens (No. 3 in the shot put last year) and Jessica Pressley (a Top 8 threat in both the shot put and weight throw).

According the latest Trackwire Top 25 and Dandy Dozen lists, the women are ranked third in the team race and the men are unranked based upon the projected individual finishes of its athletes. The women have six entries projected in the Top 8, including No. 1 Johnson (pentathlon), No. 2 Hastings (5,000m), No. 2 April Kubishta (pole vault), No. 2 Stevens (shot put), No. 6 Pressley (shot put) and No. 7 Jenna Kingma (3,000m). Also on the Top 12 lists are No. 11 Pressley (weight throw) and both relays, the 4x400m relay (12th) and the distance medley relay (11th).

On the men's side, the Sun Devils have a pair of athletes in the Top 8, including Ryan Whiting, who is ranked No. 3 in the shot put, and Matt Turner, the No. 8 long jumper.

The Sun Devils will head north this weekend as they are set to compete in the 2007 Mountain `T' Invitational on the Northern Arizona campus in Flgastaff, Ariz., all day Friday.

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