Throwers Stevens, Pressley Earn Automatic Berths into NCAA Meet

Feb. 4, 2006


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Three school records, two NCAA automatic qualifiers and four provisional qualifiers highlighted the Arizona State University track and field team's second day of competition at the 16th Air Force Invitational inside the Cadet Field House in Colorado Springs, Colo., Saturday. Despite taking a small group to compete, the women accumulated 127 points to finish second in the team standings behind champion Colorado State (181.5) while the men's group placed fourth with 98 points while CSU won with 141.5.

The second day of the meet saw the Sun Devils record several top marks as the women's field events dominated the rest of the field. Sarah Stevens won the shot put with a mark of 17.52m to not only earn an automatic berth into the national meet next month, but also break the 23 year-old record of 17.03m set by Leslie Deniz in 1983. Fellow throwing mate Jessica Pressley placed second in the event with a provisional mark of 16.82m.

The duo then switched places in the weight throw as Pressley broke her week-old school record with an NCAA automatic mark of 21.39m to become the first Sun Devil woman to break the 70-foot barrier. Stevens placed third with the third-best mark in school history at 18.32m.

The final school record came in the women's pole vault as April Kubishta bettered her week-old mark with a clearance of 4.07m to earn provisional qualification in the national meet. Two other student-athletes also attained provisional status with Cara Walker meeting the standard in the women's pole vault at 3.95m while Joshua Kinnaman recorded the lone men's qualifier as his 5,304 points earned him second place in the heptathlon.

Latoya Imadiyi had a solid day on the track for the Sun Devil women as she won the preliminary and final rounds of the 60m dash (7.76a and 7.67a, respectively) before winning the 200m dash in 24.67. Fellow sprinter Latosha Wallace added a victory of her own as she won the 400m dash in 55.25. The women's 4x440 yard relay team combined to win its event with Jacquelyn Johnson, Jordan Durham, Christina Hardeman and Bridgette Williams covering the course in 3:51.49. Stephanie Garnett closed out the winning for the women as she captured the long jump crown with a mark of 6.05m.

On the men's side, Steven Koehnemann won the preliminaries of the 60m dash (6.86a) before finishing second in the finals of the same event (6.85a) while fellow sprinter Chris Adams took the 400m dash event (47.91) before anchoring the 4x440y relay to victory at 3:16.24. He was joined in the relay by Domenik Peterson, Jerry Jones and Kelvin Love Jr.

A trio of meets await the Sun Devils next weekend with members of the team heading to Seattle for the Husky Invitational, Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational and Albuquerque, N.M., for the New Mexico Invitational. The first two meets will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, while the New Mexico meet runs Feb. 10-11.

2006 Air Force Invitational - Day 2 ONLY
Victorious Sun Devils
Women (9)

Latoya Imadiyi - 60m Dash (7.76a - preliminaries)
Latoya Imadiyi - 60m Dash (7.67a - finals)
Latoya Imadiyi - 200m Dash (24.67 - finals)
Latosha Wallace - 400m Dash (55.25 - finals)
Jacquelyn Johnson, Jordan Durham, Christina Hardeman, Bridgette Williams - 4x440y Relay (3:51.49 - finals)
Stephanie Garnett - Long Jump (6.05m/19-10.25 - finals)
Sarah Stevens - Shot Put (17.52m/57-5.75 - finals) NCAA Auto and School Record
Jessica Pressley - Weight Throw (21.39m/70-2.25 - finals) NCAA Auto and School Record
April Kubishta - Pole Vault (4.07m/13-4.25 - finals) NCAA Provisional and School Record

Men (4)
Steven Koehnemann - 60m Dash (6.86a - preliminaries)
Chris Adams - 400m Dash (47.91 - finals)
Domenik Peterson, Jerry Jones, Kelvin Love Jr., Chris Adams - 4x440y Relay (3:16.24 - finals)
Brandon Glenn - Pole Vault (5.10m/16-8.75 - finals)

Final Team Standings

1. Colorado State (181.5)
2. Arizona State (127.0)

1. Colorado State (141.5)
4. Arizona State (98.0)

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