Sun Devil Alcorn Clocks Sub-4 Minute Mile to Lead ASU Track & Field
Feb. 2, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. - Kyle Alcorn recorded a historical time in the mile and April Kubishta raised her national-leading mark in the pole vault as members of the Arizona State University track and field program completed competition in a pair of meets Saturday on the road. Alcorn and several distance athletes competed at the Washington Invitational in Seattle, Wash., while the remaining members of the team competed at the Mountain `T' Invitational in Flagstaff.
In Seattle, Alcorn placed third overall in the mile by running a time of 3:59.82, the second-fastest time in school history and just the third time in program history (indoor and outdoor) that a Sun Devil has run a sub-four mile. His time was just 0.23 behind the record time of 3:59.59 by Brandon Strong (2002). Chuck LaBenz ran 3:56.90 in 1970 in the outdoor mile for ASU's first sub-four time. Alcorn's time also was just 0.32 away from automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships next month. Also in Seattle, Jimmie Gordon won the men's 400m dash in a provisional time of 46.91.
At the Mountain `T' Invitational, Kubishta cleared 4.30m (14-01.25) to tie for first in the women's pole vault and improve her national-leading mark set last week at 4.20m. The defending outdoor national champion was followed in the event by fourth-place finisher and teammate Alana Waterford, who cleared 3.85m (12-07.50) to move into fourth on the all-time ASU list. Two others moved onto the all-time lists for the women as Dominique' Maloy rand 7.52 in the 60m dash, the fifth-best time in school history, while Jasmine Chaney ran 8.71 in the preliminary round to improve her No. 5 time.
Stephanie Garnett provisionally qualified in the long jump as she recorded a mark of 6.20m (20-04.25) to win the event and round out the qualifiers for the women. The men had a trio of provisional qualifiers, including Justin Kremer, who won the 400m dash in 47.01. Jason Lewis recorded the remaining two provisionals as he hit marks of 18.02m (59-01.50) in the shot put and 20.25m (66-05.25) in the weight throw. Lewis' mark in the weight throw also stands as the second-best in school history and just the second mark over 20-meters all-time.
Several other Sun Devils picked up victories on the day as Jeavon Benjamin won the 400m dash for the women in 54.86 while Chaney took the 60m hurdles in 8.79. Both women joined Maloy and Shauntel Elcock to win the 4x400m relay in 3:48.51. On the men's side, Kremer won the 200m dash in 21.56 while Marquis Profit took the 60m hurdles in 8.18.
Members of the team will head to Nampa, Idaho, next weekend as the Sun Devils will participate in the Bronco Invitational hosted by Boise State.