T&F’s Houlihan Sets 3000m School Record At Texas A&M Quadrangular

COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Arizona State track and field’s senior Shelby Houlihan broke her own school record in the indoor 3000m on Saturday at the Texas A&M Quadrangular, finishing the race in 9:03.71 and shaving over two seconds from her previous personal best of 9:05.86.

Also for the Sun Devil women in the 3000m, junior Adriana Olivas placed fourth with a personal best of 9:32.93 in her 2015 debut, the new No. 10 mark in the indoor record book.

Houlihan’s time is now the new national leader, ahead of Washington’s Maddie Meyers’ time of 9:16.03, while Olivas’ time is the new No. 12 mark. The top-16 times and marks in the nation will qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, March 13-14, in Fayetteville, Ark.

In the women’s mile, senior Payton Schutte won the event in 5:01.39, while fellow senior Shaina Corbin followed in 5:12.29 for seventh overall.

The women’s 4x400m relay team of senior Sara McDonald, sophomore LaTroya Franklin, freshman Melese Crozier, and senior Brianna Tate set a season best with a time of 3:42.35, good for second overall behind the host Aggies.

Crozier also set a personal best in the 400m dash with a time of 56.86, good for seventh overall. Tate took third in the race with a time of 53.55, while McDonald followed in sixth at 56.07. Tate’s time sits at No. 5 in the national list

Redshirt senior Paisley Petway improved on her 800m run time, finishing in fourth at 2:16.31, while freshman Kendra Purifoye set a new personal best in the 60m hurdles at 8.83.

On the women’s side of the shot put, redshirt senior Alex Hartig set a new personal best, finishing third overall with a throw of 15.56m (51-0.75), which also moves her from No. 10 in the ASU indoor record book to No. 8. Redshirt freshman Magdalyn Ewen took seventh with a throw of 14.43m (47-4.25)

Redshirt sophomore Ashley Weber took eighth in the shot with a throw of 14.00m (45-11.25), and set a personal best in the weight throw with a mark of 17.97m (58-11.50), good for fourth overall.

On the men’s side of the 3000m run, redshirt sophomore CJ Albertson took third with a personal best of 8:15.04, while redshirt junior Ryan Herson followed in fourth with a time of 8:15.82.

Senior Cameron Taylor finished second in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.02, while senior Edmond Baker set a season best in the high jump with a mark of 2.06m (6-9.00).

On the men’s side of the weight throw, both redshirt senior Ryan Leslie and redshirt sophomore Kyle Long threw season bests, Leslie in fifth with a throw of 17.51m (57-5.50) and Long with a throw of 16.49m (54-1.25), good for seventh overall.

ASU took fourth on both sides of the team race, the women with 91 points and the men with 70. Host Texas A&M won both meet titles with a women’s score of 166.50 and a men’s score of 177.50.

Up next, the Sun Devils travel to Albuquerque, N.M. for the New Mexico Collegiate Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 31.

Quotes
Director of Track and Field Greg Kraft
“Obviously it was an outstanding team competition. Texas A&M provided a wonderful event for ourselves, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech. From a team standpoint, it was a great learning experience for us. This was the first time this year we tried to collectively put the team together with our distance runners. On the women’s side, the start of the meet was Shelby Houlihan. She and Adriana Olivas both had outstanding performances in the 3000m. Olivas was wire to wire with the two young ladies from Texas A&M and that bodes very well nationally. Payton Schutte started her season off with a win in the mile, while Alex Hartig did very well in both her events in the throws. On the men’s side, we had a variety of performances, especially from our newcomer in the throws, Ahmed Hassan, who demonstrated great composure considering he has so recently joined the program all the way from Egypt.”

Assistant Coach Louie Quintana
“Obviously the women’s 3000m was a great effort. The plan was to come here and run 36-second 200s, and Shelby accomplished that, and it’s apparently a national dual or quad meet record, which is huge. Obviously it’s a very good start. I also think that Adriana (Olivas) has run the 10th fastest time in ASU history, it’s just a great opener, and it really leads me to believe she’s got a great 5k in her over the next month, which we will see at the Husky meet.

“The guys obviously were great. That 3000m CJ ran was a real balanced race, it was smart, a personal best, was competitive, trying to go for the win for the team. And Herson did what Herson does. He goes to the front, the middle, runs 2:38 in the middle 1000m, which I think affected his finish over the last three laps, but he was still competitive and raced well. It’s a great opener for him, even off the pace where guys aren’t running in the seven-minute range. Both CJ and Ryan are very valuable runners to this program.”

Redshirt Sophomore Distance Runner CJ Albertson
“I had a good opener today, got third, a new personal best. I’m feeling like I’m in pretty good shape right now, would have liked to have pushed a little harder for this race, but it was a good test for me today to see where I’m at.

Senior Distance Runner Shelby Houlihan
“I felt really good today, ran a PR by two seconds at 9:03. It felt really easy, I ran consistently with 36s through every lap. It was good to get out there and open up fast, have more confidence going into where I am in training right now.

Team Scores
Women
1. Texas A&M – 166.50
2. Texas Tech – 129.50
3. Oklahoma – 118.0
4. Arizona State – 91.0

Men
1. Texas A&M – 177.50
2. Texas Tech – 136.0
3. Oklahoma – 121.50
4. Arizona State – 70.0

ASU Results
Women’s 60m Dash
6. Jasmine Gibbs – 7.57

Women’s 200m Dash
8. LaTroya Franklin – 24.45

Women’s 400m Dash
3. Brianna Tate – 53.55
6. Sara McDonald – 56.07
7. Melese Crozier – 56.68 (PR)

Women’s 800m Run
4. Paisley Pettway – 2:16.31

Women’s Mile
1. Payton Schutte – 5:01.39
7. Shaina Corbin – 5:12.29

Women’s 3000m Run
1. Shelby Houlihan – 9:03.71 (PR) (Beat own School Record)
4. Adriana Olivas – 9:32.93 (PR)

Women’s 60m Hurdles
4. Kendra Purifoye – 8.83 (PR)

Women’s 4x400m Relay
2. McDonald, Franklin, Crozier, Tate – 3:42.35

Women’s Long Jump
11. Jasmine Gibbs – 4.99m (16-4.50)
12. Kendra Purifoye – 4.97m (16-3.75)

Women’s Pole Vault
7. Nicole Kennedy – 3.65m (11-11.75)
9. Kristiana Warth – 3.55m (11-7.75) (PR)

Women’s Shot Put
3. Alex Hartig – 15.56m (51-0.75) (PR)
7. Magdalyn Ewen – 14.43m (47-4.25)
8. Ashley Weber – 14.00m (45-11.25)

Women’s Weight Throw
3. Magdalyn Ewen – 18.70m (61-4.25)
4. Ashley Weber – 17.97m (58-11.50) (PR)
10. Jessika Byrd – 15.75m (51-8.25)
12. Ginger Jarchow – 13.70m (44-11.50)

Men’s 60m Dash
5. Devan Spann – 6.79

Men’s 400m Dash
7. Sterling Winston – 49.78
8. Ronny Hall – 50.12 (PR)

Men’s 800m Run
7. Trevor Landry – 1:53.18 (PR)
13. Michael Julian – 1:55.57

Men’s Mile
6. Ian Roberts – 4:12.24 

Men’s 3000m Run
3. CJ Albertson – 8:15.04 (PR)
4. Ryan Herson – 8:15.82

Men’s 60m Hurdles
2. Cameron Taylor – 8.02

Men’s 4x400m Relay
4. Winston, Hall, Julian, Landry – 3:18.50

Men’s High Jump
T3. Edmond Baker – 2.06m (6-9.00)

Men’s Pole Vault
6. Josiah Becker – 4.63m (15-2.25) (Ties PR)
8. Tanner Greeley – 4.63m (15-2.25)
10. Dillon Groener – 4.48m (14-8.25)
10. Matthew Eckles – 4.48m (14-8.25) 

Men’s Shot Put
3. Thomas Anderson – 17. 64m (57-10.50)
4. Ahmed Hassan – 17.31m (56-9.50)
7. Kyle Long – 16.34m (53-7.50)
8. Kyle Lillie – 16.10m (52-10.00)

Men’s Weight Throw
5. Ryan Leslie – 17.51m (57-5.50)
6. Kyle Lillie – 17.43m (57-2.25)
7. Kyle Long – 16.49m (54-1.25)

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