UA/NAU Double Dual Awaits Track & Field This Week

Jan. 26, 2004

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TEMPE, Ariz. - The battle for bragging rights in the state of Arizona are at stake this weekend when the Arizona State track and field teams return to Flagstaff for the annual Double Dual with Arizona and host Northern Arizona. The meet is slated to start at 9 a.m.

The annual Double Dual with Arizona and Northern Arizona will pit all three teams against one another with points being earned toward a team total. Scores will be broken down into ASU vs. UA, ASU vs. NAU and UA vs. NAU on both the men's and women's side.

One year ago in Flagstaff, the Sun Devil men and women swept their intrastate rivals with the men defeating Arizona, 78-77, and Northern Arizona, 97-59, while the women took home a pair of wins with scores of 86-57 and 82-58, respectively.

Combined, Arizona State won 16 events, tallied seven NCAA provisional qualifying marks and recorded 10 times/marks good enough to earn a spot on the ASU All-Time Top 5 lists. One of the top marks was Seth Amoo's 21.19 in the 200m, a school record. Along with the 16 wins, both teams combined for 11 runner-up finishes and another nine third-place finishes.

The Arizona State men have enjoyed great success in the Double Dual over the past six meetings, while the women have had mixed results. The men have defeated Arizona each of the last six times, winning four of the meets by four points or fewer with two outcomes (2003 and 1998) coming by identical 78-77 scores. Against Northern Arizona, ASU has won four of the last six, including two in a row. Both of the losses to the Lumberjacks have been by five or fewer points.

On the women's side, the win over UA last year was the first in six year span while the Sun Devils have won five in a row against NAU. Combined, the sweep of both teams by the Sun Devils last year was the first in the last six seasons.

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. This year, the Sun Devils have won their only race, though Barton was not in the race as Domenik Peterson replaced him.

Eight women and six men made their Sun Devil debuts at the NAU Invitational. On the women's side, Jacquelyn Johnson won the preliminaries and finals of the 60m hurdles while Jennifer Kowacz won the shot put and provisionally qualified for the NCAA meet. Jessica Pressley won the weight throw and Christina Hardeman placed second in the 400m dash to round out the high placers. Also making their debuts for the for women were Latoya Imadiyi (60m and 200m dashes) and Angela Tavlarides, Kristi Raban and Michelle Lang in the pole vault.

On the men's side, Kal� Pittman won the long jump and Steven Koehnemann placed second in the 60m dash to pace the men. Also competing in their first competitions were Bruno G�es (60m), Brandon Glenn and Sean Pierce in the pole vault and Domenik Peterson in the 200m and 4x400m.

Nine times/marks recorded by Sun Devil women were good enough to earn them a spot on the program's Top 5 all-time list with two men's times/marks also making the grade following the NAU Invitational. For the women, Jacquelyn Johnson (8.40) and Rindy Germaine (8.97) are now third and fifth, respectively, in the 60m hurdles while Kandace Tucker (24.08) improved from fifth to third in the 200m dash.

In field events, Jennifer Kowacz is second in the shot put (15.86m) and fourth in the weight throw (16.30m) where Jessica Pressley (18.13m) moved to second on the charts. In the pole vault, Angela Tavlarides (3.50m) is second while Kristi Raban and Michelle Lang are tied for third at 3.30m.

On the men's side, Steven Koehnemann (6.73) is tied for fifth all-time on the 60m dash list while Brandon Glenn (5.20m) moved to third on the pole vault list.

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.

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.

Arizona State opened its 2004 season with impressive performances at the Northern Arizona Invitational Jan. 17 with five women's events and four men's being captured by Sun Devils.Jaquelyn Johnson won the preliminaries and finals of the 60m hurdles while Kandace Tucker (200m), Jennifer Kowacz (shot put) and Jessica Pressley (weight throw) each captured gold for the women. On the men's side, the 4x400m relay of Seth Amoo, Lewis Banda, Steve Fitch and Domenik Peterson captured the event win with Amoo (200), Barton (400) and Kal� Pittman (long jump) rounding out the Sun Devil wins.

Both the men and women tallied five runner-up finishes and one third-place finish in the meet.

The Sun Devils will compete in two meets next week, both on Feb. 7. Members of the team will return to Flagstaff for the third time this season as they participate in the Mountain 'T' Invitational while others will travel to Boise, Idaho, for the United Heritage Invitational.

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