Johnson, Jackson Earn MPSF Indoor Crowns

Feb. 24, 2006

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Arizona State University track and field team opened competition at the 2006 MPSF Indoor Championships Friday with two women claiming individual titles at the meet being held on the Washington campus at the Dempsey Indoor Facility. In all, eight women have scored in the meet to give the Sun Devils a lead in the team race as ASU has secured 54 points with Stanford in second place with 36. On the men's side, only four events have gone final with the host Huskies leading the way with 41 points while the Sun Devils' five points place them in eighth.

In the first final of the day, Jacquelyn Johnson returned to her golden ways as she recorded an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 4,207 points en route the pentathlon title. Johnson won two of the five events (60m hurdles and high jump) to record the highest point total in the nation so far.

Joining Johnson on the top step of the podium on day one was Victoria Jackson, the winner of the 5,000m run. Jackson covered the distance in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 16:03.15 to not only run the second-fastest time in school history, but also win the event by 30 seconds.

A pair of field athletes took runner-up honors in their respective events with freshman Stephanie Garnett placing second in the long jump and Jessica Pressley second in the weight throw. Both women earned the team eight points with their top marks of 6.20m and 19.89m, respectively, with both marks earning provisional status on the NCAA lists.

April Kubishta broke her own school record for the fourth time this season while finishing third in the pole vault with a clearance of 4.14m while the distance medley relay of Whitney Hardt, Latosha Wallace, Jessie McLaughlin and Rachel Ellison also finished third with a time of 11:18.37. Both marks earned provisional status, as did sixth-place finisher Cara Walker, who cleared 3.99m in the pole vault. Sarah Stevens rounded out the scoring women by finishing sixth in the weight throw with a toss of 18.04m.

Ryan Warrenburg was the lone male to score for the Sun Devils on day one as he reset the school record in the 5,000m run by finishing fourth in 13:58.54. Warrenburg's mark made him the first Sun Devil male to break the 14-minute barrier indoors.

Several Sun Devils will look to join in the scoring Saturday, including Joshua Kinnaman, who leads the men's heptathlon through four events with a point total of 3,242. During the preliminary rounds Friday, ASU posted several strong showings. The women's 400m runners of Christina Hardeman, Latosha Wallace and Bridgette Williams each won their respective heats to head in to the finals ranked first, second and third, respectively, while the men also will send three runners to the finals of the quarter with Chris Adams, Domenik Peterson and Jimmie Gordon standing fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively. Peterson and Kelvin Love, Jr., both ran 21.53 to tie for third and qualify for the finals of the 200m dash while Steven Koehnemann sits second in the 60m dash.

The MPSF Championships conclude Saturday with the remaining finals as both individual and team champions will be crowned.

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