ASU Faces UA, NAU in Annual Double Dual Track Meet

Feb. 12, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State track and field teams will be heading to three locations this weekend including the annual meet for bragging rights for the state of Arizona. On Friday, the Sun Devils will make their second trip to Flagstaff, Ariz., and the Skydome when they tangle with Arizona and Northern Arizona in the annual Double Dual. ASU also will send some members to the Washington Invitational (Feb. 15) and to Indianapolis, Ind., for the Canon Classic (Feb. 14-15)

For the fist time this season, neither the men nor the women are among the Top 25 in the Poll. The women were tied for 18th last week while the men have not held a spot in the poll this year.

The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Jason Barton, Seth Amoo, Steve Fitch and Lewis Banda competed in the Mountain T Invitational and nearly made history. The quartet ran a 3:07.03 to provisionally qualify for the NCAA meet, missing the automatic mark of 3:06.90. What they also did was enter the second-fastest time in school history, missing the school record of 0.01 seconds. So far this year, the relay team is undefeated, winning all three races it has competed.

The men's 4x400-meter relay team (see above), Joni Smith and Trevell Quinley became the latest Sun Devils to add their names to the provisional list over the weekend. Smith clocked in at 54.44 in the 400-meter dash while Quinley reached the 24-feet, nine-inch mark in the long jump.

The new additions join Vince Mosca (shot put), Seneca Holmes (60-meter hurdles), Lewis Banda (400-meter dash) and Jason Barton (400-meter dash), who are already on the list.

Last week, four marks in the men's records book and two on the women's ledger have been added or updated this year by current student-athletes on the squad. For the women, Seneca Holmes continues to improve her mark in the 60-meter hurdles, up to 8.31 this week, for the No. 2 time. Joining Holmes is Jenae Sonne in the weight throw. Her mark of 48-feet, 8-inches places her at No. 5 on the charts.

On the men's side, Seth Amoo's 6.73 in the 60-meter dash moved him to No. 5 all-time while Trevell Quinley took the same spot in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.62. Travis Jones tossed the weight 56-feet, 8-inches to move to No. 4 in the event while the 4x400-meter relay team (Jason Barton, Amoo, Steve Fitch and Lewis Banda) is No. 2 at ASU.

The men captured first in three events with the women adding one at the Mountain T Invitational held at Northern Arizona. Along with the men's and women's 4x400-meter relay teams winning their respective races, Ryan Zimmerman won the triple jump (47-11.00) and Travis Jones took the weight throw (56-8.00).

The field events had a strong showing for the Sun Devils as well. Vince Mosca (shot put) and Trevell Quinley (long jump) for the men and Julia Pedersen (shot put) and Tiffany Greer (long jump) for the women all took runner-up honors.

Arizona State's outdoor season begins March 8 when the Sun Devils play host to the Bill Sawyer Invitational at Sun Angel Stadium. One week later, it is back to the indoor track for those that qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. The following week, the outdoor season resumes with the Baldy Castillo Invitational, March 21-22, also in Tempe.

The indoor season is quickly rounding the final turn and heading toward the finish line while the outdoor season is stepping into the blocks. The Sun Devils will participate in the Pac-10 Invitational (Feb. 28-March 1) in Seattle before heading to last chance meets March 7-8. That same weekend, the outdoor season opens in Tempe with the Bill Sawyer Invitational, March 8, at Sun Angel Stadium.

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