Sun Devil Track and Field Opens 2003 Season at NAU

Jan. 14, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State track and field teams will open the 2003 season this weekend when it travels to Northern Arizona for the NAU Invitational Saturday. The meet marks the first competition of the 10-meet indoor season for the Sun Devils this year.

For the women, All-American long jumper Tiffany Greer and All-American 3,000 meter runner Lisa Aguilera return for their final seasons on the track. After the prestigious national honor, both student-athletes went on to All-America accolades during the outdoor season. Greer repeated in the long jump while Aguilera captured her honor in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.

The men's indoor team returns one of its two All-Americans of a year ago in Trevell Quinley. As a freshman in 2001, Quinley earned his acclaim in the long jump. David Wood, lost to graduation, secured the second All-America nod for the men last year in the shot put.

The women finished the indoor season tied with BYU for 16th at the NCAA Championships with 14 points. The finish was the best for the team since 1994 and ASU's first Top 20 finale since 1995. The team earned its points on Lisa Aguilera's national runner-up finish in the 3,000 meter run and Tiffany Greer's third-place finish in the long jump.

During the season, Aguilera completed the 3,000m race at the NCAA meet in a school record time of 9:0967, bettering the mark of 9:34.56 established by Kelly MacDonald in 2000.

In all, four times recorded in the indoor season ranked in the Top 5 in ASU history. Along with Aguilera, Greer covered 60 meters in 7.46 to move to No. 2 all-time while fellow sprinter Seneca Holmes moved to No. 2 in the 60 meter hurdles with an 8.40. Sandra Orsund took over the No. 3 spot in the 20-pound weight throw with a toss of 51-1 to round out the top performers of the year.

At the NCAA Championships, the men earned three points on the sixth-place showing of David Wood in the shot put to tie for 51st-place with Middle Tennessee and Southern Illinois in the event. Wood's personal best throw of 64-3 made him an All-American. Trevell Quinley earned All-America honors with his 14th-place showing in the long jump.

Four school records fell in 2002, two in the sprints and two in the distance events. In the 60 meter hurdles, Tony Galaviz ran a 7.71 at the Mountain 'T' Invitational, resetting the mark from the previous 1999 time of 8.08 by Delrick Lindsey. Also on the short course, Seth Amoo ran 21.19 in the 200 meters, nipping Dwight Phillips' record of 21.31 (1999).

In the long races, Brandon Strong raised the bar by lowering the time in the mile to 3:59.59. Strong also added the distinction of being the first Sun Devil to break four minutes in an indoor race and the second ever at ASU, indoors or out. Fasil Bizuneh rounded out the records with his 14:03.06 in the 5,000 meters.

The harrier women advanced to the NCAA championships for the fifth year in a row, taking home a tie for 23rd with 549 points. ASU also took second in the NCAA West region and the Pac-10 Championships, both by record point totals. Freshmen Jessica Scalzo and Amy Hastings led the way for the team, crossing the finish line first for the Sun Devils in seven of the nine races this year.

On the men's side, ASU finished third in the Pac-10 and fifth in the West to end their season as they were not selected as an at large team to the national meet. Fasil Bizuneh, ASU's only male two-time cross country All-American, and J.J. Duke qualified as individuals and finished 55th and 101st, respectively.

Several members of the men's and women's teams will head to two different invitationals, both held Feb. 1. The Sun Devils will compete in the Boise State Invitational in Boise, Idaho, or the Husky Invitational at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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