Track and Field Opens Indoor Season Saturday

Jan. 29, 2001

This Week -- The 2001 edition of Arizona State track and field opens the indoor season at the Northern Arizona Invitational, Saturday, Feb. 3 in Flagstaff, Ariz. Running events are slated to begin at 4:35 p.m., while field events will commence at 5 p.m. The Sun Devils return seven of 10 athletes that earned indoor All-America honors last season: senior Tony Berrian (400), sophomore Lisa Aguilera (Mile), senior Kelly MacDonald (5,000), senior Valerie Williams (long jump), sophomore Tiffany Greer (long jump), junior Brandon Strong (distance medley relay) and senior David Burke (distance medley relay).

National Rankings -- The ASU women ranked tied for 19th in the pre-season poll released Jan. 1, but are now tied for 22nd according to the latest poll released Jan. 23 without having competed. The ASU men have not yet been ranked this season.

Sun Devils Enjoy the Great Indoors in 2000 -- The first season of the new millennium saw the Sun Devils make great strides during indoors last year. The ASU men recorded their first top-10 finish in the program's history at the NCAA Indoor Championships, tying for 10th with 16 points. The previous school-best finish was 11th, recorded in 1999. The women placed 23rd with eight points, the team's best finish since placing 19th in 1995, and only two points away from a top-10 finish. Not only did 10 Sun Devils earn All-America honors, seven women and three men set individual school records. Kelly MacDonald set two records, in the 3,000 (9:34.56) and 5,000 (16:13.41), while Teniqua Broughton set a mark in the 60 (7.61), Lisa Aguilera in the mile (4:44.44), Tiffany Greer in the long jump (21-4), Valerie Williams in the triple jump (41-0.5), Adrienne Judie in the 20-pound weight throw (58-2.5) and Olivia Mazzaglia in the pole vault (11-7.75). Dwight Phillips set ASU standards in the long jump (26-7.25) and triple jump (52-8.75), as did Tony Berrian in the 400 (46.16) and Fasil Bizuneh in the 5,000 (14:16.07).

2000 Outdoor Recap -- ASU track and field continued to make strides during last year's outdoor season, as the men recorded the program's best national finish in 17 years with a 17th-place showing at the NCAA Championships. The women tied for 38th, placing for the first time since 1996. Six Sun Devils earned All-America honors: Dwight Phillips (long jump), Lisa Aguilera (1,500), Tiffany Greer (long jump) and the men's 400 meter relay team of Phillips, Marcus Brunson, LaVell Robinson-Blanchard, and Jim McGee. The men placed third at the Pac-10 Championships, the highest finish for ASU since tying for second place in 1983. The ASU women placed fifth at the conference championships, the first top-five finish since 1995. Capturing Pac-10 titles were Jeremy Rasmussen (3,000 steeple chase), Dwight Phillips (long jump), the men's 400 meter relay team, Kelly MacDonald (5,000) and Tiffany Greer (long jump).

ASU Harriers Reach New Heights-- ASU women's cross country made school history in 2000, finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships and second at the NCAA Regionals and Pac-10 Championships. All-American Lisa Aguilera, the West Region and Pac-10 Athlete of the Year, also set school records with a fifth-place finish at nationals, a first-place finish at regionals and a second-place finish at Pac-10s. The men's team also faired well this past autumn, finishing fourth at the Pac-10 Championships and fifth at regionals.

Up Next -- ASU will send split squads to the Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa, the Canon Classic in Indianaoplis, Ind. and the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Friday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 10. Additional Sun Devils will see action at the Flagstaff Invitational, Saturday, Feb. 10.

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