ASU Track and Field Wraps Up 2001 Season; Sights Set on U.S.A Championships
June 12, 2001
NCAA Championship Review --
Arizona State track and field wrapped up the 2001 season at the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Oregon at Hayward Field May 30-June 2. The Sun Devils made a bit of history in Eugene, as ASU's men recorded their best national finish since 1981, a span of 20 years. The men tallied 19 points and tied with Texas for 15th, the highest finish since the `81 squad placed fourth. ASU's women secured their best national finish since 1994 (10th-place), recording 18 points to tie for 14th with Applachian State. Leading the men's charge was senior Marcus Brunson, earning three All-America honors with a third place finish in the 100m, a fourth place finish in the 200m and a fourth-place finish as a member of the men's 4x400m relay team. On the women's side, senior Kelly MacDonald made the most of her homecoming trip to Oregon, notching third-place finishes in the 3000m steeplechase and the 5000m and adding two more All-America honors to her already impressive resume. ASU took home a total of seven All-America honors: Brunson (100m, 200m), MacDonald (3000m SC, 5000m), sophomore Tiffany Greer (long jump), sophomore Fasil Bizuneh (10,000m) and the men's 4x400m relay team (senior Michael Campbell, Brunson, junior Pete Lopez, senior Tony Berrian).
ASU's NCAA Championship Results --
Men Event Time/Mark Place PointsMarcus Brunson, Sr. 100m 10.26 3rd 6Marcus Brunson, Sr. 200m 20.60w 4th 5Men's 4x400 Relay 3:04.45 4th 5Fasil Bizuneh, So. 10K 29:33.18 6th 3Michael Campbell, Sr. 400m 46.16 9th prelimsDavid Wood, Jr. Shot Put 59-8.25 12th --Tony Berrian, Sr. 400m 46.79 18th prelimsBrandon Strong, Jr. 1500m 3:54.09 19th prelims
Women Event Time/Mark Place PointsKelly MacDonald , Sr. 3K SC 9:55.87 3rd 6Kelly MacDonald, Sr. 5000m 16:03.57 3rd 6Tiffany Greer, So. Long Jump 21-0.75 3rd 6Women's 4x400 Relay 3:33.56 9th prelimsSharesa Turner, Sr. Long Jump 19-10.25 12th --Candida Coulson, Jr. 400mH 58.88 13th prelimsLisa Aguilera, So. 3K SC 10:23.63 14th prelimsMary Duerbeck, Sr. 10K 39:04.80 19th --Adrienne Judie, Sr. Shot Put 49-3.50 19th --Valerie Williams, Sr. Long Jump 18-11.25 21st --
More NCAA Notes -- Kelly MacDonald's 9:55.87 in the 3000m steeplechase final surpassed the previous American record of 9:57.20, but it was the woman who held that record, BYU's Elizabeth Jackson, who won this year's inaugural NCAA title setting a new American record of 9:49.73...Marcus Brunson matched his personal-best and ASU school-record in the 100m, winning his preliminary heat in 10.10...Brunson also missed his PR in the 200m (20.37) by a hundredth of a second in the 200m semis (20.38)...The men's 4x400m relay team surpassed its previous season-best time with an effort of 3:02.89 in the prelim, the second-fastest in ASU history...The women's 4x400m relay team clocked a season-best 3:33.56 in the prelim, the fastest time ever not to make the NCAA finals...The women's 4x400 missed advancing to the finals by one place, while Michael Campbell missed advancing to the 400m final by a mere three-thousandths of a second...Tiffany Greer's final leap of 21 feet, 0.75 inches moved her from seventh-place to third in the long jump.
ASU Sends Seven to U.S.A. Championships In Eugene --
One more meet remains on the schedule for seven Sun Devils slated to compete in the U.S.A. Track and Field Championships June 21-24 at Hayward Field in Eugene. Competing on the highest national stage will be senior Tony Berrian (400m), sophomore Fasil Bizuneh (10,000m), senior Marcus Brunson (100m, 200m), junior Tony Galaviz (110m hurdles), sophomore Tiffany Greer (long jump), senior Kelly MacDonald (3000m steeplechase) and senior Valerie Williams (long jump).
2001 Pac-10 Championship - Men's Results --
The ASU men placed fourth at this year's Pac-10 Championships hosted by the University of California-Berkeley. They dropped one position from last year's third-place standing, but notched their second-highest Pac-10 finish since 1983 when they tied for second. The men posted 109.50 points, second best in ASU history only to the 1981 Pac-10 Championship team that finished with 133 points. Leading the way for the Sun Devils were Marcus Brunson (sweeping both the 100m and 200m races), Tony Berrian (400m champion), and David Wood (shot put champion). Brunson's winning time in the 100m (10.21) set an Edwards Stadium record. The men's 4x400 relay team of Michael Campbell, Brunson, Jason Barton and Berrian also captured a Pac-10 title. As evidenced by winning the 1600m-relay title, ASU's men dominated the individual 400m with Campbell finishing third behind Berrian and Barton taking fourth. Anthony Galaviz took third in the men's 110 hurdles, while Wood took third in the men's discus with a personal best 187 feet, one inch. Defending champion Jeremy Rasmussen held the lead in the 3000m steeplechase with one barrier to clear, but fell and finished second. Fasil Bizuneh also finished second in the 10,000m.
2001 Pac-10 Championship - Women's Results --
The ASU women placed fifth at this year's Pac-10 Championships with 89 points. For the second-straight season, the Sun Devil women recorded a fifth-place team finish at the conference meet, the highest since their last fifth-place finish in 1995. With 89 points, the Sun Devil women earned their highest point total since 1994 (96 points). Kelly MacDonald provided ASU with the necessary fire-power, winning the 3000m steeplechase with a personal-best and school record 10:03.20, before claiming her second consecutive 5000m title. ASU's women dominated the first-ever Pac-10 steeplechase, as Lisa Aguilera took third and Cody Sohn finished fifth. In the women's 400m, Joni Smith placed second with a personal-best time of 53.34, followed by senior Arlaina Davis in third. The women's 1600m-relay team earned runner-up honors, recording a time of 3:33.96. In the field, ASU's highest female place-winner was senior Valerie Williams, taking fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 40-7.75.
National Rankings --
According to the final Trackwire.com poll released May 25, ASU's men ended the season with a 12th-place ranking. The women fell out of the final poll after being ranked 21st in the May 15 poll. In the latest USTCA Team-Power Rankings (May 25), ASU's women are sixth with 375.27 points and the men are ninth with 348.78 points.
Brunson Named West Region Male Athlete of the Year --
ASU senior sprinter Marcus Brunson was selected by Division I track and field coaches as the 2001 West Region Male Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year, the United States Track Coaches Association announced May 22. Brunson was presented his award at the coaches' banquet in Eugene, Ore., Tuesday, May 29, one day prior to the start of the NCAA Championships. Brunson won Pac-10 titles in the 100m and 200m, and as a member of the men's 4x400m relay team before earning All-America honors in all three events at the 2001 NCAA Championships. This is the second time during the 2000-01 track and field/cross country season that ASU has garnered a West Region Athlete of the Year award. Lisa Aguilera was selected the women's West Region Athlete of the Year for cross country this past fall, while Walt Drenth was named the West Region Women's Coach of the Year.
Success In the Classroom --
Arizona State distance runners Fasil Bizuneh, Lisa Aguilera and Kelly MacDonald were named to Spring At-Large Academic All-District teams. Aguilera, also an Academic All-American in cross country this past fall, was named to the All-District first team, placing her on the national ballot for All-America honors. The women's spring at-large All-America team will be named June 14. Bizuneh and MacDonald earned second-team All-District honors for their outstanding performances on the track and in the classroom.
Sun Devils Assault the Record Books --
With the final chapter closed on the 2001 season, this year's edition of the Sun Devil track and field squad made its own mark in the school record books. Most recently, Kelly MacDonald broke her own 3000m steeplechase record, placing third at the NCAA Championships in 9:55.87. Marcus Brunson matched his school-record in the 100m, clocking a time of 10.10 in the prelims in Eugene. Also at the national meet, the men's 4x400m relay team of Campbell, Brunson, Lopez and Berrian improved its second-best time in ASU history with a season-best effort of 3:02.89 in the prelims. Lisa Aguilera ran the third-fastest women's 5000m time in ASU history at the Mt. Sac Relays (16:06.63). Aguilera also clocked the second-fastest 1500m time in ASU history at the Sun Angel Classic (4:19.90), followed closely by MacDonald with the fourth-fastest time in ASU history (4:22.72). At the Stanford Invitational Mary Duerbeck ran the second-fastest women's 10,000m race in school history with her personal best effort of 33:53.52. Also at Stanford, Fasil Bizuneh broke his own school record in the men's 10,000m with a PR of 28:58.61. Adrienne Judie continued to improve her school record in the women's hammer, her latest personal best mark being a throw of 190 feet, seven inches at the Sun Angel Classic. For a listing of current Sun Devils who rank among the top three all-time in an event, see the sidebar on page 3.
Recapping the NCAA Indoor Championships --
ASU sent eight individuals and the men's 1600m relay team to the 2001 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., and three Sun Devils came away with All-America honors in their respective events. For the second straight season, senior Kelly MacDonald captured All-America honors in the women's 5000m, finishing fifth in an indoor season-best time of 16:20.83. Last year MacDonald set the school record in the event with a time of 16:13.41. Adrienne Judie came away with her first career All-America honors, placing fourth with personal-best mark of 66 feet, 10 inches in the women's weight-throw. Judie also improved upon her already existing school record in the event by two inches, and was 1.5 inches behind the third-place mark by Clemson's Jamine Moton. Sophomore Tiffany Greer placed 11th in the women's long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 4.5 inches, but slid in for All-America honors with three foreign athletes finishing in the top eight and four total finishing ahead of her effort. With points put on the board by MacDonald and Judie, the ASU women ended indoor nationals tied for 25th with Kansas State with nine points. ASU's men failed to score any points.
Senior Salute --
A total of eight men and eight women wrapped up their collegiate track and field careers when the 2001 season came to a close. Among those seniors on the men's side include sprinters Tony Berrian, Marcus Brunson and Michael Campbell, all Sun Devils who left their mark on the school record books. Additional seniors on the men's side are Chad Barrett, David Burke, Kyle Frerichs, Vince Jones and Eric Logvin. On the women's side, seniors include Jen Bridgeman, Colleen Burke, Arlaina Davis, Mary Duerbeck, Adrienne Judie, Kelly MacDonald (still has one season of cross country eligibility), Sharesa Turner and Valerie Williams.
Head Coach Greg Kraft --
ASU's eighth director of track and field, Greg Kraft is in his fifth year as head coach of the Sun Devil program. Kraft's tenure has been brief, but his list of successes is far-reaching. Over the past four seasons, Sun Devil track has produced 18 individual All-Americans, four individual NCAA runner-up finishes, 22 first or second-team Pac-10 All-Academic selections, two Academic All-American cross country squads and the first four NCAA appearances by a cross country team in ASU history. Kraft, who coaches ASU's jumpers, is assisted by Walt Drenth (distance), Darryl Anderson (sprints), Dawn Dumble (throws), Corey Ihmels (graduate assistant) and Michelle Borgert (volunteer assistant).