Sun Devil Track & Field Heads to NCAA Indoor Meet

March 6, 2007

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TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University track and field team will send members to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend as the national meet will be conducted Friday and Saturday inside the Randall Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. The national governing body will be conducting its 43rd men's and 25th women's tournament with both individual and team titles up for grabs at Arkansas.

HONORED
A trio of Sun Devils were honored with regional accolades Tuesday (March 6) as members of the program swept the women's West Region awards announced by the USTFCCCA. Head Coach Greg Kraft was selected as the 2007 West Region Women's Coach of the Year while Sarah Stevens and Amy Hastings were selected for the Women's Field and Women's Track Athlete of the Year honors, respectively.

MULTIMEDIA
Fans can follow the championships with live results that will be provided on the NCAA site (NCAASports.com). ESPN also will be on hand to record the competition and will present a tape-delay broadcast at 11:30 a.m. MT Tuesday (check your local listings).

IN THE RANKINGS
Heading into the NCAA meet, the Sun Devil women are ranked No. 1 in both the USTFCCCA Top 20 and the Trackwire Top 20 while the men are not ranked as at team. In the Trackwire rankings, the Sun Devil women are projected to score 49 points with Michigan and LSU both placing second with 38 points.

WHO'S IN?
The final accepted entry list was released by the NCAA Monday evening with 10 women and four men on the Sun Devil roster earning a berth into the national event. Those accepted athletes include Shauntel Elcock (4x400m relay), Amy Hastings (3,000m & 5,000m), Jacquelyn Johnson (pentathlon & 4x400m), Ali Kielty (5,000m), Jenna Kingma (5,000m), April Kubishta (pole vault), Jessica Pressley (shot put & weight throw), Sarah Stevens (shot put & weight throw), Bridgette Williams (4x400m) and Latosha Wallace (4x400m) on the women's side and men's entrants Aaron Aguayo (3,000m), Joshua Kinnaman (heptathlon), Matt Turner (long jump) and Ryan Whiting (shot put).

TROPHY HUNTING
Arizona State's women have brought home trophies in numerous meets throughout the past 16 months, including national trophies at the 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships (fourth), the 2006 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships (third) and the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. On the conference level, the women have earned crowns in the 2006 Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships while adding a 2007 MPSF Indoor Championship two weeks ago.

FIRST TIME INDOORS
Several Sun Devils will be making their first appearance in the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this week, including four women and three men. For the women, Shauntel Elcock, Ali Kielty, Jenna Kingma and Bridgette Williams will make their indoor debuts although all four have competed at other NCAA events (outdoor track and cross country). The men's newcomers include Aaron Aguayo, Matt Turner and Ryan Whiting with Aguayo and Turner also having competing in other national events previously.

DOUBLE DUTY
Three, possibly four, women will pull double duty this weekend as the women look to finish the season how they began: with the No. 1 ranking in the nation. Amy Hastings is one of six women that were accepted into both long distance races, earning berths in the 3,000m run and the 5,000m run. Sarah Stevens and Jessica Pressley are two of just four women that earned a berth into both throwing events as both are set to compete in the shot put and weight throw. Jacquelyn Johnson will compete in the pentathlon and potentially could run one of the legs of the 4x400m relay.

RETURNING CHAMPIONS
A pair of Sun Devil women return to the national indoor meet as champions after Amy Hastings and Jacquelyn Johnson won the 5,000m run and pentathlon NCAA titles, respectively, last year. Hastings covered the distance in 15:51.63 to win her crown before Johnson accumulated 4,287 points to capture her pentathlon crown.

REPEAT HISTORY
As returning champions, Amy Hastings and Jacquelyn Johnson both enter the 2007 meet with a chance at history. Only three other times in Sun Devil women's track and field history has an Arizona State athlete successfully defended a national title. Maicel Malone is the only woman to do so indoors after winning the 400m dash at the 1990, 1991 and 1992 indoor meets. Outdoors, Coleen Rienstra won the high jump in 1980 and 1981 while the Sun Devil 4x100m relay team was NCAA champions in 1978 and 1979.

RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS
Five women and one man return to Fayetteville this year after competing in the 2006 meet and earning All-America accolades. Amy Hastings (first in the 5,000m), Jacquelyn Johnson (first in the pentathlon), Sarah Stevens (third in the shot put) and Jenna Kingma (sixth in the 3,000m run) all earned the national honor by placing among the Top 8 in the meet while Jessica Pressley (10th in the weight throw) was the eighth American in the event. For the men, Joshua Kinnaman placed eighth in the heptathlon for his first national accolade.

REVIEW: 2006 NCAA MEET
Arizona State's women scored 30 points to finish third at the NCAA Indoor Championships last year, marking the fourth-time in school history the program had finished in the Top 10 (the first since 1991) and the first time it had earned a trophy. Amy Hastings (5,000m) and Jacquelyn Johnson (pentathlon) led the charge with individual crowns while Sarah Stevens (third in the shot put), Jenna Kingma (sixth in the 3,000m run) and Victoria Jackson (eighth in the 5,000m run) also scored in the meet. On the men's side, the Sun Devils tied for 60th place with one point as Joshua Kinnaman placed eighth in the heptathlon.

MPSF CHAMPIONS
Two weeks ago, the Sun Devils headed to Seattle and competed in the MPSF Indoor Championships on the Washington campus. Overall, the women scored 135 points to capture the team championship, snapping Stanford's four-year winning streak, while the ASU men placed fourth (79 points). The women also won six individual crowns, including Latosha Wallace (400m), Amy Hastings (3,000m), the 4x400m relay of Wallace, Bridgette Williams, Shauntel Elcock and Jacquelyn Johnson, April Kubishta (pole vault), Sarah Stevens (shot put and weight throw) and Johnson (pentathlon). The men recorded a pair of victories in the meet with Domenik Peterson winning the 400m dash and Ryan Whiting taking the shot.

SHORT HURDLES - MPSF MEET
• Sarah Stevens won both throwing events with meet record marks. She threw 17.72m in the shot put and 21.16m in the weight throw.
• The two throwing events alone produced 36 points for the women as Stevens won both events with teammate Jessica Pressley taking runner-up honors in both events.
• Along with the victories, the Sun Devils also posted five runner-up finishes. The men saw Joshua Kinnaman place second in the heptathlon while Matt Turner was runner-up in the long jump. Pressley (throws) was joined by Jessie McLaughlin as runner-up as well (mile).
• The team title for the women is their second in a row as they also captured the 2006 Pac-10 Outdoor Championships in Eugene.

ON THE WORLD LISTS
As of March 6, two men and four women with ties to the Sun Devil program have marks ranking them on the World Indoor Top 20. For the men, Marcus Brunson is No. 1 in the 60m dash (6.46) while Trevell Quinley ranks ninth in the long jump (8.07m). For the women, current Devil Sarah Stevens is ranked in two events, standing ninth in the weight throw (21.16m) and 17th in the shot put (17.86m) while Amy Hastings is sixth in the 5,000m run (15:30.17) and Jessica Pressley is tied for 16th in the weight throw (20.30m). Former Sun Devil Victoria Jackson is 11th in the 5,000m event (15:57.18).

DANDY DOZEN
In the final Dandy Dozen for the indoor season, 10 individual women, one women's relay and four men are projected to place among the Top 12 in their respective events. For the women, Amy Hastings (5,000m), Sarah Stevens (shot put) and Jacquelyn Johnson (pentathlon) are ranked No. 1 while April Kubishta is second in the pole vault and Stevens is third in the weight throw. Also among the scoring (Top 8) positions are No. 7 Hastings (3,000m), No. 7 Jessica Pressley (shot put) and No. 8 Pressley (weight throw). Round out the women on the list are No. 9 Jenna Kingma (5,000m), No. 10 Ali Kielty (5,000m) and the No. 11 4x400m relay of Bridgette Williams, Shauntel Elcock, Johnson and Latosha Wallace. The men are led by No. 3 Ryan Whiting (shot put) with Aaron Aguayo ranked No. 9 in the 3,000m run while both Matt Turner (long jump) and Joshua Kinnaman (heptathlon) are No. 11 in their events.

HASTINGS SETS RECORD
At the Husky Classic, Amy Hastings not only broke her own school record in the women's 5,000m run, she also broke a 26 year old America collegiate record in the event. Her time of 15:30.17 bettered her previous school mark of 15:45.45 set last year in the same meet and also was faster than the previous mark of 15:34.5 run by Margaret Groos of Virginia in 1981.

SUN DEVILS IN THE RECORD BOOK
Hastings' American collegiate record in the 5,000m run (15:30.17) at the Husky Classic last weekend made her the third Sun Devil to currently hold an overall and/or American collegiate record. Indoors, she joins the men's 4x400m relay of Jason Barton, Steve Fitch, Seth Amoo and Domenik Peterson who set the mark of 3:03.43 in Ames, Iowa, on March 6, 2004. Another relay holds the collegiate mark on the outdoor surface as the 4x800m squad of Pete Richardson, Eddie Davis, Treg Scott and Mike Stahr ran 7:08.96 on April 7, 1984, in Tempe.

DEVILS FARE WELL AT USA INDOORS
Four former Sun Devils competed at the 2007 USA Indoor Championships in Boston on February 25 with one winning a championship crown. Trevell Quinley won the men's long jump with a top mark of 8.03m while Marcus Brunson (60m dash) and Lisa Galaviz (3,000m run) both finished as runners-up in their respective events with times of 6.58 and 9:10.75, respectively. Vince Mosca competed in the men's shot put, placing seventh overall with a mark of 19.33m.

ON THE WORLD TEAM
While many members of the team were competing at indoor track meets throughout the nation, several current and former Sun Devils were in Boulder, Colo., to run in the USA Cross Country Championships. Kari Hardt placed third in the women's junior 6k race and former All-American Fasil Bizuneh placed seventh in the men's open 12k race, earning both runners a place on the US teams that will compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships on March 24 in Kenya. Also competing at the US meet were Mikias Gelagle, who placed 23rd in the junior men's 8k race while Patrick Milloy did not finish in the same race. Former Sun Devil Mary Duerbeck competed in the women's open 8k run, placing 13th overall in the event. She was later added to the roster for the world team after several women withdrew.

WORLD TEAM HISTORY
When Kari Hardt, Mary Duerbeck and Fasil Bizuneh compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in March, they will become the second, third and fourth Sun Devils to compete for the US team, following Amy Hastings, who ran for the American team in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the 2003 event. Hastings clocked a time of 22:34 to finish 20th in the world while placing first among U.S. entrants.

BIZUNEH GEARED UP
After making the world team, Fasil Bizuneh went to work on training for the March 24 meet by winning the NACAC Cross Country Championships held March 3 in Clermont, Fla. Bizuneh covered the course in a record-time of 24:46 as the Americans won the team race with all four runners placing in the Top 4 positions.

FIRST TO 14
April Kubishta seems to set a school record every time she takes the pole vault runway as she has reset the standard three times this season all ready and seven total times in the past two indoor seasons. Last weekend at the Mountain 'T' Invitational, Kubishta not only broke her own record, she broke a big barrier in school history by becoming the first female to clear 14 feet in competition with her winning mark of 4.30m (14-01.25). Her mark not only is the national leader this season, it also earned her an automatic into the NCAA Championships.

BREAKING AN OLD RECORD
In the early months of 1986, Jim Camp set the school record in the men's indoor shot put with his toss of 19.77m (64-10.50), becoming the first Sun Devil to surpass 19 meters. Now, over 20 years later, Camp's record has fallen as Ryan Whiting (who had not been born at the time the record was set) recorded a mark of 19.89m (65-03.25) to etch his name on top of the record book as well as the top of the national lists. He is the first Sun Devil to surpass 65 feet in competition.

ASU TOP 5
The women's weight throw produced two marks over the weekend that earned a place on the Arizona State All-Time Top 5 Indoor Lists. Sarah Stevens recorded a mark of 20.28m to move into third on the all-time list while Tai Battle's mark of 18.51m is the fourth-best all-time at ASU.

ATHLETE AWARDS
Two Sun Devil women earned several awards from the USTFCCCA at the end of the 2006 outdoor season with one coming in the academic sector. Jacquelyn Johnson was tabbed as the USTFCCCA Women's West District Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year before being named as the USTFCCCA Women's Co-National Field Athlete of the Year. The academic honor went to Victoria Jackson who was named the USTFCCCA Women's Division I Outdoor Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

COACHING AWARDS
All the individual and team success the Sun Devil women enjoyed in 2006 also translated into recognition for their coaches. Head Coach Greg Kraft was honored as the 2006 Pac-10 Women's Coach of the Year before earning the USTFCCCA Women's West District Coach of the Year. A pair of Kraft's assistants, throws coach David Dumble and distance/cross country coach Louie Quintana, also earned recognition, both regionally and nationally. Dumble was named the USTFCCCA West District and USTFCCCA National Assistant Coach of the Year (women's throws) while Quintana earned the same honors for women's distance.

NEXT TIME OUT
The outdoor season gets underway next weekend as the Sun Devils will play host to the Baldy Castillo Invitational March 16-17 on Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium.

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