Track and Field Heads to Washington For Pac-10 Invite

Feb. 25, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - The indoor season is slowly winding down for the Arizona State track and field teams. This week, the Sun Devil men and women head to Seattle, Wash., for the Pac-10 Invitational, Friday and Saturday. The event will be hosted by the University of Washington.

Seth Amoo ran his first 200m race of the year at the Double Dual (Feb. 14) and used that performance to not only win the race and earn a provisional qualification time, he also reset his school record in the indoor event. Crossing the line at 21.01, Amoo bettered his previous mark of 21.19 that he established last year. Lewis Banda, who took third in the race, finished in a time of 21.19, tying the previous mark and moving into second on the all-time list.

The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Jason Barton, Seth Amoo, Steve Fitch and Lewis Banda competed in the Mountain T Invitational (Feb. 8) 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 four races it has competed.

The list of provisionals grew on the men's side after the Double Dual with eight marks earning distinction. In the sprints, Seth Amoo (200m), Lewis Banda (200m and 400m) and Jason Barton (400m) all have individual marks and join Steve Fitch in provisionally qualifying for the 4x400-meter relay. In the field, Trevell Quinley (long jump), Ryan Zimmerman (triple jump) and Vince Mosca (shot put) also have recorded marks that place them in contention for a spot in the NCAA meet.

On the women's side, Seneca Holmes (60m hurdles), Joni Smith (400m) and Julia Pedersen (shot put) have turned in times/marks good enough to qualify.

Both the men and women swept their instate rivals at the annual Double Dual, held Feb. 14 at Northern Arizona. On the men's side, the Sun Devils slipped past Arizona, 78-77, and then defeated the host Lumberjacks, 97-59. The ASU women downed their rivals, 86-57 and 82-58, respectively.

Trevell Quinley shined for the men as he was the only two-event winner on the evening for the Sun Devils. Quinley won the long jump and the high jump to pace the men and women's field events. Seven of the 16 victories recorded were in the field with Ryan Zimmerman (triple jump), Travis Jones (weight throw), Tiffany Greer (high jump), Julia Pedersen (shot) and Sandra Orsund (weight throw) each taking the top prize.

In all, the men and women combined to see 16 winners, 11 runners-up and nine third-place finishes at their third meet in Flagstaff this year. The Sun Devils ran at NAU last week for the Mountain T Invitational and opened the season there Jan. 18 at the NAU Invitational.

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.

Several last chance meets have been approved by the NCAA and will be held March 7 and 8 at selected sites throughout the nation. The Sun Devils may participate in one of the meets, but will determine that upon completion of the Pac-10 Invitational this week.

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