Track and Field Opens Outdoor Season Hosting Bill Sawyer Invitational Saturday

Feb. 26, 2002

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This Week --
Arizona State track and field officially begins the 2002 outdoor season this weekend, playing host to the Bill Sawyer Invitational, Saturday, March 2, at Sun Angel Stadium. Field events are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., while running events will start at 11 a.m. MST. And with just one week remaining for athletes to post or improve qualifying times and marks for the 2002 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, ASU will send four athletes to the Husky Last Chance Qualifier hosted by the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash., Saturday, March 2. Field events in Seattle get underway at 10 a.m. PT, followed by running events at 12:45 p.m.

Bill Sawyer Invitational --
ASU will welcome the men's and women's squads from the University of Arizona to this year's Bill Sawyer Invitational, as well as athletes from Central Arizona College, Dine Community College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College, Phoenix College, Scottsdale Community College and Yavapai College. Last year, ASU came away with nine meet titles, including sweeping both the men's and women's 800m and 1500m races.

Husky Last Chance Qualifier --
ASU will send two women and two men to compete in the Husky Last Chance Qualifier Saturday, in Seattle, Wash. Brianna Torres is slated to compete in the women's 5,000m, as is Jodi Smith in the women's high jump. On the men's side, Brandon Strong will compete in the mile and Fasil Bizuneh will compete in the 5,000m.

National Rankings --
Neither ASU's men's or women's track squads have been ranked in the first six Trackwire Top-25 polls for the 2002 indoor season. Last year, the men did not receive a top-25 indoor billing, while the women were ranked as high as 18th in the second poll of the season. In the Team-Power Indoor Rankings, the ASU men are 19th and the women are 22nd.

NCAA Indoor Qualifiers --
Just one more week remains before the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held, Friday, March 8, through Saturday, March 9, hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. Not including this week's last chance meet, ASU has tallied a total of 12 NCAA indoor qualifying performances. Among those are automatic qualifiers Lisa Aguilera, Trevell Quinley and David Wood. Aguilera's time of 9:16.23 in the 3000m ranks third in the nation, while Quinley, a true freshman, ranks fourth nationally in the long jump with a season-best leap of 25 feet, 10 inches. Wood's personal best in the shot put, 63-4, stands as the ninth best mark in the nation. ASU has also posted nine provisional marks, two of which belong to newcomers Seth Amoo (200m, 21.19, 25th) and Steve Fitch (400m, 46.94, 12th). Tony Galaviz also owns an NCAA PQ and ranks fifth in the nation with his personal best in the 60m hurdles (7.75 altitude adjusted). Additional provisional qualifiers include Fasil Bizuneh in the 5000m (14:13.79, 28th), Candida Coulson in the 400m (54.64, 35th), Tiffany Greer in the long jump (20-9.75, seventh), Vince Mosca in the shot put (58-4, 33rd), Brandon Strong in the mile (4:04.04, 30th) and the women's 4x400m relay team (3:40.55, 24th).

MPSF Championship Recap --
Led by title-winners Tiffany Greer (long jump), Seneca Holmes (60m hurdles) and David Wood (shot put), ASU's women placed fifth and the men finished sixth at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships held in Flagstaff Friday, Feb. 22 through Saturday, Feb. 23. The Sun Devil women tallied 51 points, while the men earned 50 points. Wood won the shot put title with a personal best and NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 63 feet, four inches. Greer won the women's long jump with a season-best leap of 20 feet, 9.75 inches, improving her NCAA provisional qualifying status. After clocking the third-fastest prelim time, Holmes took first in the 60m hurdles with a personal best time of 8.44 (altitude adjusted), improving her school record set last season. The women's 4x400m relay team earned runner-up honors with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:40.55, while the team's leadoff leg, Candida Coulson, finished third in the 400m with a NCAA PQ (54.64). Vince Mosca turned in a NCAA provisional mark with a seventh place effort in the shot put (58-4), while Steve Fitch finished third in the 400m with a NCAA PQ (46.98).

Up Next --
Those athletes who qualify will compete in the 2002 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships held Friday, March 8, through Saturday, March 9, and hosted by the University of Arkansas at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.

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