Track and Field Heads to Arkansas for NCAA Indoor Championships
March 7, 2001
- This Week --
Eight individuals and one relay team will represent Arizona State at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday, March 9 through Saturday, March 10 hosted by the University of Arkansas at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. Competition begins Friday at noon Central time, and continues Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. CST.
Sun Devils Prepare for NCAA Indoor Championships --
At the completion of the regular indoor season, ASU totaled 15 automatic or provisional qualifying marks, yet when the final fields were announced by the NCAA Monday, only seven individuals and the men's 1600m relay team of senior Michael Campbell, freshman Jason Barton, junior Pete Lopez, senior Tony Berrian and junior alternate Tony Galaviz made the cut in their respective events. Tuesday, Brianna Torres was announced by the NCAA as a late addition to the women's 5000m field. Headlining ASU's list of qualifiers are seniors Kelly MacDonald and Mary Duerbeck, ranked fourth and fifth nationally in the women's 5000m, while Campbell and Berrian own the fifth and sixth fastest 400m times going into this weekend's nationals. Senior Vince Jones is ranked 10th in the 60m, while the men's 1600m relay, which set an ASU record earlier this season, is ranked 6th nationally. Tiffany Greer is looking for her second-straight All-America honors in the long jump, ranked sixth, while Adrienne Judie will aim for her first All-America honors in the weight-throw, ranked seventh nationally.
NCAA Participants --
Men Event Mark Rank Schedule (All times CST)
Tony Berrian 400m 46.34 6th Fri., 5:25 (prelim), Sat., 6:55 (final)
Michael Campbell 400m 46.22 5th Fri., 5:25 (prelim), Sat., 6:55 (final)
Vince Jones 60m 6.66 10th Fri., 6 p.m (prelim), Sat., 7:15 (final)
ASU Relay 1600m 3:07.02 6th Sat., 8:10 p.m. (final)
Women Event Mark Rank Schedule (All times CST)
Mary Duerbeck 5000m 16:23.31 5th Fri., 7:20 p.m. (final)
Tiffany Greer LJ 21-0.5 6th Fri., 4 p.m. (prelim and final)
Adrienne Judie WT 64-10.0 7th Sat., 2 p.m. (final)
Kelly MacDonald 5000m 16:23.21 4th Fri., 7:20 p.m. (final)
Brianna Torres 5000m 16:33.00 19th Fri., 7:20 p.m. (final)
National Rankings --
Neither the men or the women were ranked in the latest Trackwire.com poll released Feb. 27. ASU's women have been ranked as high as 18th this year, while the men have yet to appear in the national rankings.
Last Week --
Led by distance runners Kelly MacDonald, Mary Duerbeck and Brianna Torres, who placed second, third and fifth in the women's 5000m, each member of Arizona State's six-athlete contingent competing at the Iowa State Last Chance Indoor Meet achieved or improved upon their NCAA qualifying marks in Ames, Iowa, including four personal bests. MacDonald improved upon a PQ set earlier this year at the Iowa State Classic with a season-best time of 16:23.21. Duerbeck and Torres turned in personal bests, clocking in at 16:23.31 and 16:33.00, respectively. Duerbeck improved her previous PQ and former personal-best by over 20 seconds, while Torres joined the provisional ranks improving her personal best by over 30 seconds. Tony Galaviz also posted a personal and season-best, improving his PQ time to 7.81 and placing second in the 60m hurdles. Valerie Williams earned a provisional mark in the long jump with a season-best leap of 20 feet, 1.75 inches, while Adrienne Judie added to the personal-best parade with a mark of 50-11.5 in the women's shot put, good for sixth-place. ASU also opened its outdoor season Saturday, hosting the Bill Sawyer Invitational and winning nine event titles, including sweeps of the men's and women's 800m and 1500m races.
Last Year at the NCAA Indoor Championships --
ASU's men recorded their first top-10 finish in the program's history, tying for 10th with 16 points to surpass the previous school-record of 11th at last year's event. ASU's 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. Ten Sun Devils earned All-America honors including Tony Berrian (400), Dwight Phillips (long and triple jump) and the men's distance medley relay team of Brandon Strong, LaVell-Robinson Blanchard, David Burke and Garrett Jensen. On the women's side, earning All-America honors were Lisa Aguilera (mile), Kelly MacDonald (5000m), Valerie Williams (long jump) and Tiffany Greer (long jump). Phillips, who earned runner-up honors in the long jump for the second straight year, broke his own school record with a lead of 26 feet, 7.25 inches. Phillips also set an ASU standard at nationals in the triple jump with an eighth-place effort of 52-8.75. Berrian also improved his own school record in the 400, with a time of 46.16 in the finals, while MacDonald set an ASU indoor record in the 5000 with a time of 16:13.41.
ASU Indoor Championship History --
The ASU men have made 15 NCAA Indoor appearances since 1976, while the women have tallied 13 team showings since 1986. The men's highest national finish was 2000's 10th place tie, while the women's best showing was in 1990, tying for fourth. In the program's history, the Sun Devils have produced 45 female and 33 male indoor All-Americans. Of ASU's 12-athlete contingent competing in this season's indoor nationals, three are returning All-Americans (Tiffany Greer, Kelly MacDonald and Tony Berrian).
Men's 1600m Relay Team Sets ASU, MPSF Indoor Record --
Arizona State's 1600m relay team of senior Michael Campbell, freshman Jason Barton, junior Pete Lopez and senior Tony Berrian set an ASU indoor record and MPSF record as well with a winning effort and NCAA qualifying time of 3:07.02, highlighting the two-day Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships. The Sun Devils improved upon the previous record by over minute, as the 1999 team of Vondre Armour, Dwight Phillips, Marcus Brunson and Berrian clocked a time of 3:08.35. The small contingent of ASU athletes that competed in Flagstaff tallied two meet crowns, as junior Tony Galaviz won the 60m hurdles in an altitude adjusted time of 7.97. The women's 1600m relay team of junior Candida Coulson, sophomore Courtnie Ratliff, redshirt-freshman Seneca Holmes and sophomore Joni Smith turned in a provisional qualifying time of their own, placing second in 3:41.77. Senior Sharesa Turner added runner-up honors in the 60m with a time of 7.73a. Senior Adrienne Judie posted yet another PQ in the shot put, placing fifth with a mark of 49 feet, 2.5 inches. Judie's mark did not exceed her season best in the event (50-10.25), yet every shot and weight-throw effort the senior thrower has made this indoor season has met provisional or automatic standards. As a team, the ASU women finished in fourth place with 51.5 points, while the ASU men placed seventh with 32.5 points. Winning the women's championship was host Arizona with 142 points, while Washington State earned the men's conference title with 108.5.
Up Next --
Following the NCAA Indoor Championships, ASU track and field will take a one-week break before hosting the Baldy Castillo Invitational, March 22-24 at Sun Angel Stadium. Thursday's action will feature the first day of competition of the decathlon and heptathlon, with the hep beginning at noon and the dec starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, multi-event competition continues with the second day of the dec beginning at noon and the hep at 1 p.m. Also on Saturday, field events are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. with the distance carnival commencing at 6 p.m. The three-day affair will wrap up Saturday with field events beginning at 9 a.m. and running events at 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Standard Time.
Arizona State NCAA Individual Qualifiers --
Tony Berrian * Senior * Winton, Calif.* 400m * 1600m Relay
Provisional qualifier in the 400m, ranks sixth with season-best time of 46.34...making his third NCAA indoor appearance...two-time indoor All-American in the 400m...also earned indoor All-America honors as a member of ASU's 1600m relay team in 1999...holds ASU record in the men's indoor 400m (PR 46.16) set in 2000...this season posted two provisional qualifying marks, winning the 400m at the Northern Arizona Invitational in 46.80 and placing second in the Double Dual with Arizona and Northern Arizona in 46.34...anchored ASU's 1600m relay team to an ASU indoor and conference record, winning the MPSF crown in 3:07.02...same team will compete at nationals.
Michael Campbell * Senior * Kingston, Jamaica * 400m * 1600m Relay
Automatic qualifier in the 400m, ranks fifth with personal-record time of 46.22...making first NCAA indoor appearance...competed twice in the 400m this season, placing second in the Northern Arizona Invitational in 47.08 and winning the event with his automatic qualifying and PR time of 46.22...ranks second behind Berrian on the men's all-time indoor 400m list...also a member of ASU's record-setting 1600m relay competing in this year's nationals...last year posted an NCAA PQ in the indoor 400m (47.28) but did not qualify for nationals.
Mary Duerbeck * Senior * Chamois, Mo. * 5000m
Provisional qualifier in the 5000m, ranks fifth with a personal-best time of 16:23.31...making first NCAA indoor appearance...competed twice in the 5000m this season, winning the event at the Iowa State Classic in a PQ time of 16:44.46 and improving her previous best time by just over 30 seconds...once again shattered her PR at the Iowa State Last Chance Meet, placing third in 16:23.31, a time which ranks second on the all-time indoor 5000m list behind teammate Kelly MacDonald...this season also competed in the mile, placing third at the NAU Invitational in 5:00.80a and the 3000m, also placing third at the Arizona/NAU Double Dual in 9:55.74a.
Tiffany Greer * Sophomore * Powder Springs, Ga. * Long Jump
Automatic qualifier in the long jump, ranking sixth with season-best leap of 21 feet, 0.5 inches...making second NCAA indoor appearance...earned All-America honors in the long jump as a freshman last year, placing eighth...holds ASU indoor long jump record with personal-best set last season, 21 feet, four inches...competed three times in the long jump this season, placing first at the NAU Invitational (19-9.75) and UA/NAU Double Dual with automatic qualifying mark (21-0.5)...placed third in the MPSF Championships with effort of 19-9.75.
Vince Jones * Senior * Overland Park, Kan. * 60m
Provisional qualifer in the 60m, ranking 10th with season-best time of 6.66a...making first NCAA appearance....posted provisional qualifying time of 6.66a, winning the 60m at the UA/NAU Double Dual...also placed second at the NAU Invitational (6.75a), second at the Flagstaff Invitational (6.74a) and third at the MPSF Championships (6.83a)...set personal best time of 6.63 last season, a provisional qualifying mark that did not qualify for nationals.
Adrienne Judie * Senior * Mesa, Ariz. * Weight Throw
Automatic qualifier in the weight throw, ranks seventh with personal-best and school-record mark of 64 feet, 10 inches...making first NCAA indoor appearance...has competed three times in the weight-throw and four time in the shot put this season, posting either a provisional or automatic mark in each effort...placed first in the weight-throw in the UA/NAU Double Dual with her personal-best, also placing second at the MPSF Championships and fourth at the NAU Invitational...also posted a personal-best and PQ in the shot put, placing third at the Iowa State Last Chance Meet, but did not qualify for nationals.
Kelly MacDonald * Senior * Tualatin, Ore. * 5000m
Provisional qualifier in the 5000m, ranks fourth with a season-best time of 16:23.21...making second NCAA indoor appearance...earned All-America honors last year in the 5000m, placing seventh with a school-record and personal-best time of 16:13.41...also holds ASU indoor record in the indoor 3000m (9:34.56)...competed twice in the 5000m this season, placing second with a PQ of 16:46.04 behind Duerbeck at the Iowa State Classic, then improving that time by 23 seconds to place second at the Iowa State Last Chance Meet in 16:23.21...also posted a PQ in the mile (4:44.96a) but did not qualify...won the mile at both the NAU Invitational (4:50.08a) and UA/NAU Double Dual (4:44.96a).
Brianna Torres * Sophomore * Peoria, Ariz. * 5000m
Provisional qualifier in the 5000m, ranks 19th with personal-best time of 16:33.00...making first NCAA indoor appearance...ranks third behind MacDonald and Duerbeck on the all-time indoor 5000m list...this season competed once in the 5000m at the Iowa State Last Chance Meet, placing fifth and shattering her previous personal-best time of 17:06.05...also competed in the mile, placing second in 5:00.37a at the NAU Invitational and third at the UA/NAU Double Dual in 5:00.73a.