Return to Flagstaff Awaits Track & Field
Feb. 15, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University track and field team returns to Flagstaff for the third time this season as they are set to compete in the South West Classic to be held Saturday at the Walkup Skydome on the Northern Arizona campus.
The South West Classic is one of just five meets remaining over the course of the next three weekends in which Sun Devils track and field athletes will have a chance to improve upon their marks. Next weekend's MPSF Championships and then the Last Chance meets at Air Force, Washington and Iowa State the weekend of March 3-4 will be the final times for ASU athletes to qualify for the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships on March 10-11.
Amy Hastings entered the weekend as the women's 5,000m school record holder and exited the weekend with a much improved mark as she won the event at the Husky Invitational in Seattle, with a time of 15:45.45. Her previous best, set last year, was 16:04.83. Not only was her time a school record, it also was the fastest time run at Washington's Dempsey Indoor facility ever and stands (as of Feb. 13) as the fifth-fastest time in the world this year.
PHOTO FINISH RECORD
Ryan Warrenburg broke the first school record on the men's side this season as he just beat the previous mark at the Husky Invitational. Warrenburg's record time is 14:02.34 which comes in just below the former mark of Fasil Bizuneh (2003) of 14:02.94, a difference of six-tenths of one second.
LIKE A BROKEN RECORD
Over the weekend at the Albuquerque Invitational at New Mexico, April Kubishta broke the school record in the women's pole vault. Again. For the fourth week in a row, Kubishta reestablished her own record, this time improving the previous best of 4.07m to 4.13m. Her clearance also moved her up to fifth in the nation so far this season.
Women's throwers Sarah Stevens and Jessica Pressley recorded the first automatic qualifiers for the team while competing at the Air Force Invitational as they punched their tickets to the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships with throws of 17.52m in the shot put and 21.39m in the weight throw, respectively. Both marks are school records. This past weekend, Amy Hastings joined the duo with an automatic qualifier of her own as she earned a national berth in the 5,000m run with a time of 15:45.45.
In the latest rankings released by Trackwire.com (February 6), the Sun Devil women remained in the Top 10, this time coming in tied for 10th with Pac-10 rival USC while the men are not ranked.
Five women and one man appear on the latest Dandy Dozen release (Feb. 13), including one woman making the list twice. For the ladies, Jessica Pressley is ranked seventh in both the shot put and weight throw while fellow thrower Sarah Stevens sits fourth in the shot. Amy Hastings leads all athletes as she is ranked third in the 5,000m run with April Kubishta ranked fifth in the pole vault and Jacquelyn Johnson sitting ninth in the pentathlon. On the men's side, Ryan Zimmerman is ranked 11th in the triple jump.
According the latest national order lists, six men's marks and 13 women's marks appear this week with seven women's marks ranking among the Top 10. Amy Hastings leads the way as the third-ranked 5,000m runner while field athletes April Kubishta (5th, pole vault), Sarah Stevens (5th, shot put), Jessica Pressley (7th in shot put, 8th in weight throw) and Jacquelyn Johnson (9th in both the pentathlon and long jump) round out the Top 10.
NEW TO THE LISTS
Five men's and four women's marks earned Sun Devil athletes a place on the national list for the first time this season with one mark earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships. On the men's side, sprinter Domenik Peterson made his season debut on the 400m list and joined Chris Adams, Jerry Jones and Jimmie Gordon on the 4x400m relay list while distance runners Aaron Aguayo and Ryan Warrenburg made the lists in the mile and 5,000m run, respectively. Ryan Zimmerman rounded out the men's newcomers on the lists in the triple jump. On the men's side, Amy Hastings earned the lone automatic berth on the weekend in the 5,000m run and was joined on the 5,000m list by Victoria Jackson. Redshirt freshman Jenna Kingma made the list in the 3,000m event while true freshman Stephanie Garnett made the list in the long jump.
OLD MARK BROKEN
Leslie Deniz set the school record in the women's indoor shot put with a heave of 17.03m back in 1983. Three years later, current Sun Devil thrower Sarah Stevens was born. Twenty years after her birth, Stevens bumped Deniz' mark to the No. 2 position after winning the Air Force Invitational with a toss of 17.52m and breaking the 23 year-old record. Deniz' mark also fell during the last outdoor season as Jessica Pressley recorded a toss of 17.05m to break the 22 year-old mark of 17.03m.
Four women and six men return to the track this season with All-America honors to their names, including 2004 NCAA champion Jacquelyn Johnson. For the women, Johnson, a two-time award winner, is joined by five-time All-American Amy Hastings and single-honorees Christina Hardeman and Jessica Pressley. On the men's side, Domenik Peterson leads the way with five awards won and is joined by two-time honoree Aaron Aguayo and single-honorees Brandon Glenn, Ryan Warrenburg and Ryan Zimmerman.
At the end of the 2005 track and field season, 10 women and 10 men earned Academic All-Pac-10 honors, including eight student-athletes (three women and five men) earning first team accolades. Following the 2005 cross country season, 17 total athletes (nine women and eight men) attained the same honor from the conference with three women and four men earning first team accolades. Kal Clark and Jennifer Kowacz were both selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII First Team with Kowacz then earning ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team.
QUICK REVIEW: 2005 CROSS COUNTRY
The Arizona State harriers turned in another fine season of competition as both the men and women advanced to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. The women, led by Amy Hastings and her third cross country All-America honor in a row, finished fourth overall, earning the first trophy finish (Top 4) at a national meet for the program. This all came after the women finished as runners-up to Stanford, the 2005 national champion, in both the Pac-10 and NCAA West Region meets. The men, hit hard by injuries, continued to fight to finish 17th at the national meet following a third-place finish in the regional race and fifth-place at the conference meet. Casey Burchill and Ryan Warrenburg led the men all season and will look to help carry the load on the track as well.
RETURNING PAC-10 CHAMPIONS
Four men and two women return to the track this season after winning Pac-10 titles one year ago while one other woman returns after a redshirt season. For the men, two-time 3,000m steeplechase champion Aaron Aguayo is back and will look for his third title in a row while Steven Koehnemann (4x100m), Kelvin Love Jr. (4x100m) and Domenik Peterson (4x100m and 4x400m) round out the returning men. On the women's side, Christina Hardeman is the lone returning member of the championship 4x100m relay of one year ago while Anna Masinelli is back following her victory in the steeplechase last year. Two years ago, Jacquelyn Johnson won gold twice as she was crowned champion in the heptathlon and the high jump during the 2004 season.
SUN ANGEL STADIUM
Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium has served as the home of Arizona State track and field since 1976 and has seen its share of successful athletes participate in events on its surfaces. Olympic champions, such as Dwight Phillips (2004 long jump) and Nick Hysong (2000 pole vault), and both team and individual national champions have called the 5,000-plus seat venue home. Most recently, Jacquelyn Johnson was the newest addition to the list as she won the 2004 NCAA Heptathlon title. Sun Angel Stadium also plays host to at least four ASU events each season, culminating with the prestigious Sun Angel Classic presented by Coca-Cola. Entering its 27th year, the Classic features come of the top collegiate programs in the nation each year.
HOME MEET INFORMATION
Arizona State will play host to three home meets again this season as Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium will be home to the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 17 and 18 and the ASU Invitational on March 25. The final meet of the year at home will be the 27th Sun Angel Classic presented by Coca-Cola on April 15. For more information on the meets, including event schedules, visit the track and field page on thesundevils.com, the official web site of Sun Devil Athletics.
CHANGE OF PLANS
The coaching staff has announced the 2006 Bill Sawyer Invitational slated for Feb. 25 has been canceled as many of the invited teams will be unable to attend.
NEXT TIME OUT
Next weekend, the Sun Devils will send competitors to Seattle for the 2006 MPSF Championships at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the Washington campus.
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