No. 3 Women and No. 13 Men's Harriers Dominate Arizona State Invitational

Oct. 10, 2003

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TEMPE, Ariz. - In its lone home meet of the season, the Arizona State cross country team dominated the competition to win the women's and men's races Friday evening at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. The women, ranked a program-record-tying No. 3 in the nation, captured the team title with 16 points followed by rival Arizona (65 points), Utah (82) and Long Beach State (105) to round out the Top 5. On the men's side, the No. 13 Sun Devils accumulated 22 points to edge out Arizona's 37 points. LBSU (77), Mesa CC (156) and Paradise Valley CC (159) rounded out the Top 5.

'It is nice to win our home meet,' Walt Drenth, ASU head coach, said. 'Both the men and women were very competitive and are making good progress. Expectations are high and this group expects to improve. We ran the second half of the race very well. Individually, there wasn't one person in the scoring group that really stood out. Everyone is making progress. Juan Reyes (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) did very well and we need him to stay healthy. If the team can stay healthy, we have a great chance to keep scoring well.'

The women's win marks the first time since the 2001 season that the team has won two races in the same season. That year, ASU won the Roy Griak Invitational and the Canyon West Classic. This year, the Sun Devils have won the Griak and now the ASU Invite, which is the same course as the Canyon West meet.

Individually, the women were led by Amy Hastings (So., Leavenworth, Kan.), the race's winner at 17:17.1. The win was the second for Hastings this year, marking the first time since 2000 that two races had been won by a Sun Devil runner when Brianna Torres (Roy Griak) and Lisa Aguilera (NCAA West Region) captured titles. It is unclear the last time an ASU individual had won two races in a season.

Behind Hastings, the Sun Devil women captured seven of the next 13 spots, including second and third. Jessica Crate (Fr., Brights Grove, Ontario) took runner-up honors with Anna Masinelli (So., Scottsdale, Ariz.) in third. Rounding out the scoring for ASU was fifth-place finisher Desiree Davila (Jr., Chula Vista, Calif.) and seventh place Amanda Lyon (So., Phoenix, Ariz.).

In the men's race, the Sun Devils won a team title for the first time since the 1999 Canyon West Classic. Reyes led the way in second place at 24:09.3 as ASU secured second, third and fourth as well as taking seven of the Top 11 finishes. Behind Reyes and winner Robert Cheseret of Arizona were Aaron Aguayo (So., Phoenix, Ariz.) in third, Roger Cahill (So., Glendale, Ariz.) in fourth, J.J. Duke (Jr., Clovis, Calif.) in sixth and Kal Clark (Fr., Louisville, Ky.) in seventh to round out the scoring.

The men and women will send several of its runners to the Canyon West Classic in one week at Kiwanis Park. The women will compete in a 5,000m race at 8 a.m. while the men will again run an 8,000m with a start time of 8:45 a.m.

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