Williams Breaks Another School Record to Pace ASU Track & Field

Feb. 14, 2009

Results: Texas A&M Invitational | Husky Classic

TEMPE – For the second time this season, Charonda Williams moved her name to the top of the record books and the distances and throws had solid outings for the Arizona State University track & field team on Saturday as the Sun Devils wrapped up action at a pair of meets. Williams and the throwers were competing at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas, while the mid-distance and distance runners opened their indoor season at the Husky Classic in Seattle.

At the TAMU meet, Williams had another record day on the track while Sarah Stevens and Ryan Whiting were impressive in the field to lead the way for the Sun Devils. Williams, who last week broke the school record in the 60m dash, broke another mark this week as she took down the 200m dash with a time of 23.49 to finish fourth overall in the race. The previous record was 23.50 set in 1991 by Maicel Malone. Williams’ time, along with her 7.40 run in the finals of the 60m dash (finished sixth), were both provisional qualifying times for the national meet.

Stevens, who entered the weekend as the national leader in the weight throw and took over the lead in the shot put last night, won the weight throw again this week as she threw past the 70-foot barrier again with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 21.45m (70-04.50). Back in the shot put ring, Whiting made his season debut and moved into second on the national lists as he won with a toss of 19.71m (64-08.00) while Jason Lewis took second with a provisional-qualifying toss of 18.25m (59-10.50). Whiting and Stevens’ marks also set facility records.

In Seattle, the distance and mid-distance athletes made their season debuts with several impressive marks recorded. In the men’s 800m run, Mason McHenry made his Sun Devil debut by running a time of 1:49.71 and moving into second on the ASU all-time list. McHenry’s time, which provisionally qualified him for the NCAA Championships, was just ahead of teammate Nectaly Barbosa, who ran 1:49.74. Barbosa, a 2008 All-American outdoors in the event, moved into third on the all-time ASU list with his mark.

The Sun Devils also had a pair of women’s distance runners achieve provisional qualifying status in 5,000m run as both Jenna Kingma and Ali Kielty added their names to the national list. Kingma clocked in at 16:19.69 to finish sixth overall in the race while Kielty came in behind her in eighth place with a time of 16:33.72.

ASU will head to Flagstaff, Ariz., next weekend for the Northern Arizona Tune-up on Saturday.

Meet Highlights - Texas A&M Invitational
Saturday, February 14 - College Station, TX
NCAA Automatic Qualifiers
Sarah Stevens - W Weight - 21.45m (70-4.50)
Ryan Whiting - M Shot Put - 19.71m (64-08.00)

NCAA Provisional Qualifiers
Charonda Williams - W 60m Dash - 7.40
Charonda Williams - W 200m Dash - 23.49 - school record
Jason Lewis - M Shot Put - 18.25m (59-10.50)

Event Winners
Sarah Stevens - W Weight - 21.45m (70-4.50)
Ryan Whiting - M Shot Put - 19.71m (64-08.00)

Meet Highlights - Husky Classic
Saturday, February 14 - Seattle, WA
NCAA Automatic Qualifiers
none

NCAA Provisional Qualifiers
Jenna Kingma - W 5,000m Run - 16:19.69
Ali Kielty - W 5,000m Run - 16:33.72
Mason McHenry - M 800m Run - 1:49.71 - ASU #2 all-time
Nectaly Barbosa - M 800m Run - 1:49.74 - ASU #3 all-time

Event Winners
none

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