Track and Field Returns to NAU for Mountain T Invite

Feb. 5, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State track and field teams (No. 13 women, NR men) continue the 2003 indoor season this weekend with a split squad. Many of the teams' members will head to Boise, Idaho, for the Boise State Invitational while the remaining student-athletes will travel to Seattle, Wash., for the Husky Invitational. Both meets run all day Saturday.

For the third week in a row, the Top 25 national rankings were release with the women holding down a spot in the Top 20 while men remained unranked. This week, the women fell from No. 13 to a six-way tie for the No. 18 spot in the nation.

The second meet came and went with three more provisional qualifying marks being registered by Sun Devil student-athletes at the Boise State Invitational. On the women's side, Seneca Holmes increased her 60-meter time of 8.43 to 8.36 over the weekend while Lewis Banda, in the 400-meter dash, improved upon his time, up from 46.86 to 46.45.

The newest addition to the list of provisionals is Vince Mosca in the shot put. The senior thrower registered a mark of 18.02 meters to add his name to the list.

Five Sun Devils turned in outstanding performances at the NAU Invitational that landed themselves a spot in the all-time Top 5 in ASU annals. For the men, Chris Kasik, already No. 3 on the list for the indoor 60m hurdles at 8.40, improved his time to 8.32.

Travis Jones added his name to the mix in the weight throw, heaving his way to No. 4 all-time with a mark of 17.07m (56-0.00). Lewis Banda clocked a 46.86 in the 400-meters for the No. 3 spot all-time, and bettered the mark last week in Boise at 46.45.

On the women's side, the throwers made two entries into the books. Julia Pedersen tied Adrienne Judie's shot put toss in 2001 with her throw of 14.69m (48-2.50). Jenae Sonne threw the weight 14.23m (46-8.25) to come in at No. 4.

The women had another stellar weekend with the men also faring well at the Boise State Invitational, Feb. 1. The women had six first-place finishes with another 11 second and third-place finishes. Winners for the Sun Devils included Porchea Carroll (60 and 200-meter dashes), Cassandra Reed (200-meter dash), Jessica Scalzo (5,000-meter run), Tiffany Greer (long jump) and Julia Pedersen (shot put).

On the men's side, three individual crowns were won with another five Top 3 finishes recorded; three runners-up and two third-places. Ryan Warrenburg, in his first collegiate meet, won the 3,000-meter run while Trevell Quinley captured the long jump. The 4x400-meter team of Seth Amoo, Lewis Banda, Jason Barton and Steve Fitch also took the top spot.

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 Sun Devils have three meets slated for next weekend. Most of the team will return to Flagstaff for the annual Double Dual with Arizona and Northern Arizona (Feb. 14) while others will compete at the Washington Invitational (Feb. 15) in Seattle, Wash., or the Canon Classic (Feb. 14-15) in Indianapolis, Ind.

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