Sun Devil Track and Field Teams Finish Solid Weekend on the Road

April 24, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - Four members of the Arizona State track and field teams recorded marks that rank in the Top 10 all-time in school history as the team concluded weekend action at three locations Saturday. Sun Devils were represented at the Oregon Invitational in Eugene, Ore., the UC San Diego Invitational in La Jolla, Calif., and at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

In Eugene, the distance corps shined for ASU as three marks went for spots on the Top 5 lists in school history. On the women's side, Amy Hastings placed second in the 3,000m steeplechase at 10:17.67 to qualify for the Pac-10 and NCAA West Region meets, as well as rank third all-time at ASU. Liz Lindgren finished sixth in the same race at 10:52.34 to meet the standards for both meets and place fifth all-time. Jessie McLaughlin finished fourth in the 800m run at 2:12.69 while Desiree Davila (16:49.34) and Alvina Begay (17:28.91) finished third and 14th, respectively, in the 5,000m run.

On the men's side of the meet, Juan Reyes (14:39.06) finished runner-up in the 5,000m open race while J.J. Duke finished 15th in the same race at 14:54.52. In the invitational portion of the race, Casey Burchill clocked a 14:15.43 to finish 14th overall. Aaron Aguayo finished sixth in the 3,000m steeplechase at 8:51.89 to qualify for both races and moved into fourth all-time at ASU while Ryan Warrenburg finished 11th overall in 8:59.60. Roger Cahill rounded out the meet with an eighth-place finish in the 1,500m run at 3:51.27.

The Sun Devils turned in several solid performances at the UCSD event Saturday. On the women's side, Julia Pedersen continued her climb up the school's performance lists as she recorded a throw of 16.04m (52-7.50) in the shot put to place sixth overall and move into third place all-time at ASU. Her mark also made her just the third woman to record a mark of over 16 meters. She also finished 15th in the discus at 50.81m (166-8) while teammate Sandra Orsund placed 13th at 50.99m (167-3). Orsund also placed 22nd in the hammer with a mark of 48.74m (159-11). Molly Clarke placed 31st in the discus at 44.82m (147-0) while Jana Pintz closed out the women's throws with her second-place finish in the javelin at 42.77m (140-4).

Jacquelyn Johnson placed fourth in the 100m hurdles (13.95) as well as finishing fourth in the long jump with a leap of 5.93m (19-5.50). In the pole vault, Angela Tavlarides placed fifth with a clearance of 3.69m (12-1.25) to mark the second time this season she has cleared the 12-foot barrier, the only Sun Devil woman to do so ever. Kristi Raban also competed in the pole vault, finishing 12th at 3.34m (10-11.50).

On the men's side, Lewis Banda finished second overall in the 200m dash at 20.95 with former teammate Luiz Mello winning the meet at 20.94. In the field events, Stephen Dolk finished third in the pole vault with a clearance of 5.02m (16-5.50) to record the highest placement of the Sun Devils. Travis Jones posted another solid day as he took ninth in the hammer at 56.68m (185-11), 23rd in the shot put at 15.85m (52-0.00) and 39th in the discus at 50.75m (166-6). Decathlete Joshua Kinnaman finished ninth in the javelin at 55.05m (180-7), 29th in the shot put at 12.93m (42-5.25) and 69th in the discus at 36.95m (121-3). Jason Kravitz took 48th in the discus at 48.39m (158-9) while Andrew Smith rounded out the Sun Devil entrants with his 24th-place finish at 50.05m (164-2) in the hammer.

At the Drake Relays, ASU was represented in two races. Individually, Steve Fitch took fourth in the 400m dash at 47.37 after he teamed with Jeff Dodge, Jay DeGroot and Dan Maher to place fifth in the distance medley relay at 9:57.85.

Bragging rights are on the line next time out as the Sun Devils head to Tucson for the annual Double Dual with Arizona and Northern Arizona on May 1. Arizona State swept the outdoor meet in Tempe a year ago as well as sweeping the indoor meet in Flagstaff earlier this year.

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