Track and Field Opens 2004 Season Saturday at NAU

Jan. 13, 2004

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TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State track and field teams open the 2004 season this weekend as the Sun Devils travel north to compete in the NAU Invitational. The meet begins at 9 a.m. Saturday in Flagstaff.

Ten Sun Devils (five men and five women) return to the track this year following campaigns in which they earned All-American honors. On the indoor oval, Seneca Holmes leads the women after taking national accolades in the 60m hurdles one year ago. Joining her are Trevell Quinley in the long jump and the 4x400m relay team of Seth Amoo, Lewis Banda, Jason Barton and Steve Fitch for the men's team.

On the outdoor surface, three of the women's 4x400m relay team return in Cassandra Reed, Kandace Tucker and Katrice Walton (graduated senior Joni Smith was the fourth member of the team). Also earning outdoor honors a year ago was Desiree Davila in the 5,000m run.Davila, along with Amy Hastings, come to track this winter following a cross country season in which each earned All-American honors following the NCAA meet.

The women finished 43rd (two points) and the men 44th (four) at the NCAA Championships following a successful season. Lisa Aguilera took seventh in the 3,000m run to score the women's points while the men's 4x400m relay team placed fifth scored the four points for the men. Both were All-Americans. Joining them as All-Americans were Seneca Holmes in the 60m hurdles and Trevell Quinley, long jump.

The men and women's teams each swept Northern Arizona and Arizona in the annual Double Dual, the teams' only dual competition of the season.

Last indoor season, the men's 4x400m relay of Seth Amoo, Lewis Banda, Jason Barton and Steve Fitch went undefeated in indoor runs. They won every race they were in, including their heat at the NCAA Championships. Though they won that heat race, the final heat of the event saw four teams post faster times to put the Sun Devils fifth in the nation. Overall, the relay won all six races and even came close to setting the school record. In the third race of the year, ASU finished at 3:07.03 with the school record of 3:07.02 being so close.

Though she took a redshirt for the entire track and field season a year ago, Amy Hastings did compete on the track in an important meet. Running in the USA Junior Championships, Hastings clocked a 16:28.60 in the 5,000m race to win the event and set the meet record.

All-Americans Amy Hastings and Desiree Davila led the women to a 14th-place finish at the 2003 NCAA Cross Country Championships following another successful season. Hastings won two races and placed in the Top 5 in all races entered except for the national event as the women took first in two meets while placing second in the conference and fourth in the west region.

The men finished fifth at the Pac-10 Championships before placing eighth in the region and did not earn a berth in the national race. Individually, Aaron Aguayo led the team in three races and Juan Reyes took the lead in two others while the team took top billing at the ASU Invitational.

The women recorded five victories and the men two as the Arizona State track and field team opened the 2003 season at the NAU Invitational. For the women, Katrice Walton captured the 200m (25.37), Joni Smith won the 400m (55.01), Seneca Holmes took the 60m hurdles (8.43) and Julia Pedersen rounded the individual wins with first in the shot put (14.69m). The women's 4x400m relay (3:44.58) and men's 4x400m relay (3:12.22) each took gold while Lewis Banda won the 400m (46.86).

The Sun Devils, following a week off from competition, will return to Flagstaff for the annual Double Dual with Arizona and Northern Arizona on January 31.

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