Five With Ties to ASU Track & Field Ready to Compete on World Stage

Aug. 21, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. - Five athletes with ties to the Arizona State University track and field program are days away from representing their nations as each is set to compete in the 11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics that will be held August 25-September 2 inside Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan. The event will pit the best track and field athletes in the world against one another on the world stage less than one year before the Olympic Games.

The list of athletes with ties to the ASU program that will compete in Osaka (16 hours ahead of Arizona time) include current Sun Devil Sarah Stevens (shot put), Aaron Aguayo (3,000m steeplechase), Seth Amoo (200m dash and relays), Dwight Phillips (long jump) and Trevell Quinley (long jump). All athletes will represent the United States, except Amoo, who will run for Ghana.

Stevens, the third-place finisher at the 2007 USA Track & Field Championships, is coming off a collegiate season in which she won the NCAA Indoor Shot Put title, her first national crown, with a personal-best mark of 18.40m, the second-best toss in the Pac-10 and the eighth-best toss in the history of the NCAA. While helping the Sun Devils to both the NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor team championships, Stevens earned All-America honors in the indoor shot put and weight toss as well as the outdoor shot put and hammer. Her top throw (18.40m) ranks 21st on the current world lists for 2007. Stevens also enters the meet as the second-youngest athlete in her event (21 years old) with only 18 year-old Lijia Gong of China competing in the shot put at a younger age.

Aguayo, who completed his collegiate career with ASU at the NCAA Championships in June, will compete in the 3,000m steeplechase after placing second at the USA meet. The third-place finisher at the NCAA meet, Aguayo earned his third All-America honor of the season after garnering the accolade for the indoor 3,000m run as well cross country in the fall. The only athlete to win the 3,000m steeplechase four times at the Pac-10 Championships, Aguayo enters the meet with a personal-best time of 8:20.34, which ranks 33rd in the world.

Like Aguayo, Amoo was a highly decorated runner for the Sun Devils as both men ended their careers with seven All-America honors, the most in the history of the men's program at ASU. Running for Ghana, Amoo last competed for the Sun Devils during the 2005 season when he won the 200m dash while helping the Sun Devils sweep gold in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Amoo enters the meet with a season-best time of 20.72 that helped him take the silver medal at the All Africa Games earlier this summer.

Another seven-time All-American Sun Devil will compete for the Stars and Stripes when 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Phillips takes to the long jump runway where he is the two-time defending World Champion after securing gold at the 2003 and 2005 meets. A two-year star for the Sun Devils, Phillips wore the maroon and gold in 1999 and 2000 and won four Pac-10 titles. In 1999, Phillips won the conference crowns in the long jump and triple jump before taking the long jump and adding a 4x100m relay title in 2000. Outdoors, Phillips earned All-America honors in 1999 in the long jump and triple jump after earning honors in the long jump and 4x400m relay indoors. In his senior campaign, Phillips was an All-American in the long jump and 4x100m relay outdoors after earning honors in the indoor long jump. Currently, Phillips' mark of 8.31m ranks as the fifth-best in the world in 2007.

A two-time All-American and the 2005 Pac-10 champion, Quinley will join Stevens, Aguayo and Amoo in making their debuts in the World Championships. An All-American in the long jump at both the indoor and outdoor meets in 2005, Quinley has come on lately as he placed third at the USA Championships (his mark tied him for second, but a tiebreaker placed him third). His season-best mark of 8.22m is tied for the 14th-best in the world.

For more information on the meet, check out the official Osaka web site: A complete schedule of events for the five ASU athletes can be found below.

Schedule of Events for ASU Athletes
August 25

• no events for ASU athletes

August 26
• Aaron Aguayo (M 3,000m Steeplechase) - heats
• Sarah Stevens (W Shot Put) - qualification round

August 27
• no events for ASU athletes

August 28
• Aaron Aguayo (M 3,000m Steeplechase) - final
• Seth Amoo (M 200m Dash) - heats and quarterfinals

August 29
• Seth Amoo (M 200m Dash) - semifinals
• Dwight Phillips (M Long Jump) - qualification round
• Trevell Quinley (M Long Jump) - qualification round

August 30
• Seth Amoo (M 200m Dash) - final
• Dwight Phillips (M Long Jump) - final
• Trevell Quinley (M Long Jump) - final

August 31
• no events for ASU athletes

September 1
• no events for ASU athletes

September 2
• no events for ASU athletes

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