ASU Track & Field to be Honored at the White House Friday Afternoon

Sept. 15, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University women's track and field team, winners of the 2007 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, will be honored guests of President George W. Bush this Friday (Sept. 21) afternoon as the Sun Devils will be one of eight collegiate championship teams invited to meet the Commander in Chief inside the White House. Along with a tour of the White House, the Sun Devil student-athletes, coaches and staff will meet with President Bush for a photo opportunity before taking part in a brief ceremony on the South Lawn.

Only the third women's team to sweep both the indoor and outdoor national team titles in the same season, the Sun Devils also swept through all five championship meets they competed, including conference crowns at the 2007 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships and the 2007 Pac-10 Conference Championships (for the second year in a row) along with the 2007 NCAA West Region Outdoor Championships. In all, 10 different student-athletes combined to secure 19 All-America honors, including 12 at the outdoor meet, while four women earned five total NCAA individual championships.

Jacquelyn Johnson earned a pair of national titles in 2007 as she successfully defended her indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon crowns to bring her career total to five titles (two pentathlon crowns and three heptathlon titles). Johnson was joined as an indoor national champion by Sarah Stevens, who won the shot put title on her final throw of the competition. Outdoors, Johnson was joined by individual winners in April Kubishta in the pole vault and Jessica Pressley in the shot put.

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