An Afternoon with the President: Sun Devils Meet with Bush at White House

Sept. 21, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Arizona State University women's track and field team celebrated its 2007 NCAA Indoor and 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships with President George W. Bush at the White House Friday afternoon, meeting the Commander in Chief at a ceremony honoring several national championship teams in Washington, D.C.

The team opened their day of celebration on Pennsylvania Avenue by posing for pictures as a team and as event groups in front of the north side of the White House. From there, the Sun Devils proceeded to the White House where the were escorted onto the grounds and given a tour. After viewing several rooms of the State Floor, including the Red, Green and Blue Rooms, the team was stationed inside the State Dining Room where they would eventually meet the President.

An eager President Bush greeted the team in the State Dining Room where he accepted a Kachina doll and a black ASU Track & Field shirt while sharing laughs and smiles with the team. The President then posed with the team and its staff, including several pictures displaying the pitchfork with his fingers, a new sign the Sun Devils taught him upon entering the room. After sharing several minutes with the team and shaking numerous hands, President Bush proceeded on to greet the remaining teams on the grounds.

The Sun Devils were then escorted to the South Lawn and were introduced to the guests in attendance while a military band played the ASU fight song. Once all the teams were seated on the South Lawn, each teams' captains, including Sun Devils Amy Hastings, Jacquelyn Johnson, April Kubishta, Jessica Pressley and Sarah Stevens, were introduced to the crowd and stood on the stage where President Bush spoke to the crowd about the teams he welcomed to the White House.

Following the ceremony, the Sun Devils posed for a few more pictures before hitting the town to take in the sites of the nation's capital.

One of only three women's programs in the history of the NCAA to sweep the indoor and outdoor national championships in the same season, the Sun Devil women also won a pair of conference titles by taking the 2007 MPSF Indoor and 2007 Pac-10 Outdoor Championships while also winning the 2007 NCAA West Region Championships during the outdoor season. Johnson (indoor pentathlon & outdoor heptathlon), Kubishta (outdoor pole vault), Pressley (outdoor shot put) and Stevens (indoor shot put) each won national titles on the year to help the team to titles.

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