Women's 4x100m, McHenry at 800m Pace Sun Devils at Fast ASU Invite
March 29, 2009
TEMPE – With several talented teams in attendance, the Arizona State University track and field team played host to a very successful meet Saturday as 120 regional qualifying marks were attained at the ASU Invitational on Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium in Tempe. The Sun Devils, which recorded 17 regional qualifiers of their own, captured six events with four coming on the track and two in the field.
Along with the 120 qualifiers came seven meet records and one venue record as Purdue’s Kara Paterson, a U.S. Olympian in 2008, hit a mark of 58.41m to win the women’s javelin. Overall, ASU tallied 15 Top 3 placements in the meet with the men leading the way with nine.
On the track, Jasmine Chaney had another monster day as she won both women’s hurdle events with regional qualifying times while also helping the 4x100m relay not only qualify for the next level, but become just the second women’s relay to run a sub-44 in the event. With teammates Dominique’ Maloy, Shauntel Elcock and Charonda Williams, the Sun Devils clocked in at 43.92, trailing on the time of 43.52 for the school record. Individually, Chaney captured the 100m hurdles in 13.79 before taking the 400m hurdles in 59.56. Her sub-minute time in the long hurdles also stands as the ninth-best in program history.
Several fast times were produced by the men as well, with Mason McHenry taking the spotlight. A true freshman, McHenry won the 800m run by nearly two seconds, breaking the tape in 1:48.25 to record one of the top times in the nation this year. His time also stands as the sixth-best in program history.
In the field, Corey Phallen posted a big personal-best as he cleared 5.15m in the pole vault to equal the top mark of the meet and place second on the tie-breaker. His clearance places him ninth on the school’s all-time list and pushes his coach, Ron Barela, down to 10th at 5.08m.
The final Top 10 mark came in the women’s javelin as first-time competitor Stephanie Garnett, a two-time All-American in the long jump, tried her hand at the spear and recorded a toss of 36.90m, the ninth-best in school history. Garnett did fare better in her signature event as she won the long jump with a regional qualifying mark of 6.10m. The final victory of the meet for the Sun Devils came in the men’s discus as Ryan Whiting recorded a toss of 60.73m.
The Sun Devils will take next weekend off before playing host to the 30th Sun Angel Track Classic on April 10 (hammer) and April 11 (all other events).