Former Devil Seth Amoo Takes All Africa Games Silver Medal
July 25, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - Several former members of the Arizona State University track and field program have competed recently in international events during the summer months including Seth Amoo, who represented Ghana in the All Africa Games. Recent graduates Aaron Aguayo and Amy Hastings also have begun their international seasons after running the Sun Devils during the 2007 indoor and outdoor track and field campaigns.
Amoo competed for Ghana at the Games in Algiers and walked away with a silver medal in the 200m dash after running 20.88 in the finals. Amoo was ranked second throughout the meet as his time of 20.87 won his heat in the preliminaries and was the second fastest overall while his time of 20.72 earned him the same distinctions in the semifinals. The former seven-time All-American also ran one of the legs of the 4x100m relay that placed fourth overall in 39.59.
During the month of July, seven former Sun Devils competed in Europe with three finishes coming in the Top 3. Dwight Phillips, the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2007 USA Champion in the long jump, has recorded the love victory of the summer so far as he captured his signature event at the 23rd Vardinoyannia International in Rethymno, Greece, with his leap of 8.31m. Phillips also placed ninth in the event at the Golden Gala in Rome with a mark of 7.66m.
Also in the long jump, Trevell Quinley competed in three events, placing a season-best second-place at the Athens Grand Prix with his mark of 8.13m on July 2. Two days later, he placed fourth in Zagreb, Croatia, with a mark of 7.43m before placing 10th in Rome at 7.54m.
The distance corps have also fared well this month, starting at the Vardinoyannia meet on July 18. In the women's 3,000m steeplechase, Lisa (Aguilera) Galaviz finished third in a personal-best time of 9:38.94 while former teammate Kelly (MacDonald) Strong placed fifth in the same race in 9:49.52. Three days later, Galaviz joined Aguayo, Hastings and Ryan Warrenburg at the Atletiek Vlaanderen meet in Brasschaat, Belgium, where three athletes ran the 1,500m race and one (Hastings) ran the 5,000m run. Aguayo and Warrenburg finished seventh (3:43.05) and eighth (3:44.92), respectively, in the men's 1,500m while Galaviz placed 12th in 4:22.51. In the longer race, Hastings placed 10th in 16:41.13.
Some of the same athletes listed above, as well as others, will continue to compete in numerous events this summer. Check back to thesundevils.com for more updates, including information on Aguayo, Phillips, Quinley and Sarah Stevens as the quartet heads to Osaka, Japan, at the end of August to compete in the 11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics.