Last Chance Meets for Track & Field This Weekend
March 1, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University track and field team will split its ranks this weekend as groups of Sun Devils are set to compete in one of three last chance meets as they seek to improve upon their status for qualification into the NCAA Indoor Championships March 9-11 in Fayetteville, Ark. This weekend marks the final time athletes can meet the NCAA standards before the selection process begins early next week. The meets Sun Devils are set to attend are last chance meets at Notre Dame, Air Force and Iowa State.
Here is who is scheduled to compete this weekend: Air Force - Stephanie Garnett, Cara Walker and Brandon Glenn; Iowa State - Christina Hardeman, Latosha Wallace, Chris Adams, Steven Koehnemann, Domenik Peterson and both the men's and women's 4x400m relays; Notre Dame - Aaron Aguayo, Rich Allen, Jack Mann, Ryan Warrenburg and the men's distance medley relay.
Five women and four men's events at the MPSF Indoor Championships were won by Sun Devil athletes at the meet in Seattle, including both multi events. For the women, Jacquelyn Johnson won the heptathlon with 4,207 points while Victoria Jackson secured gold in the 5,000m run (16:03.15) on the first day of competition. On the second and final day, the women saw Christina Hardeman take the 400m dash (53.98), Jenna Kingma won the 3,000m run (9:13.09) and Sarah Stevens took the shot put title (16.55m). The men had Joshua Kinnaman winning the heptathlon with a Dempsey Indoor record 5,603 points while Ryan Zimmerman won the triple jump (15.86m). Domenik Peterson took gold in the 200m dash (21.15) and then helped the 4x400m relay continue its conference relay dominance as the team of Chris Adams, Peterson, Jerry Jones and Jimmie Gordon won in 3:09.91.
In their first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship meet, the Sun Devils fared well with the women placing second and the men sixth. In the women's team race, Stanford secured the crown with 161 points with ASU second with 115 points. Washington won the men's crown with 107 points while the Sun Devil men placed sixth with 66 points.
WHERE WE RANK
Heading into the final weekend before the NCAA Indoor Championships, eight men's marks and 19 women's marks appear on the NCAA order lists with five and 14 ranking in the Top 20, respectively. The men are led by Joshua Kinnaman (sixth, heptathlon) and Ryan Zimmerman (seventh, triple jump) while the women are represented in the Top 10 by Jacquelyn Johnson (second in pentathlon and ninth in high jump), Amy Hastings (third, 5000m run), Sarah Stevens (fourth, shot put), April Kubishta (sixth, pole vault), Jenna Kingma (seventh, 3000m run), Victoria Jackson (seventh, 5000m run) and Jessica Pressley (seventh in shot put and eighth in weight throw).
WOMEN HIGHLY TOUTED
In the latest national ranking releases, Trackwire.com has moved Arizona State's women up to No. 5 this week while the track and field/cross country coaches placed the women at No. 10. The Trackwire ranking is due to eight Sun Devils in the Top 10 of the Dandy Dozen.
In the Dandy Dozen lists, nine women's marks and three men's marks appear with all three men's and eight of the nine women's marks ranking among the Top 10. For the men, Joshua Kinnaman sits fifth in the heptathlon while Ryan Zimmerman ranks eighth in the triple jump and Domenik Peterson sits 10th in the 200m dash. For the women, Amy Hastings (5,000m) and Jacquelyn Johnson (pentathlon) rank second while Jenna Kingma is third (3,000m). Both April Kubishta (pole vault) and Sarah Stevens (shot put) are fourth with Victoria Jackson (5,000m) ranking seventh. Jessica Pressley is ninth in both the shot put and weight throw while the women's distance medley relay rounds out the Dozen in 12th.
NEW TO THE LISTS
Six women's marks and two men's are new to the NCAA order lists this weeks, including a pair of women's relays. Both the 4x400m relay of Christina Hardeman, Bridgette Williams, Shauntel Elcock and Latosha Wallace and the distance medley relay of Whitney Hardt, Wallace, Jessie McLaughlin and Rachel Ellison were joined by Hardeman and Wallace in the 400m, Amy Hastings in the 3,000m run and Anna Masinelli in the 3,000m run. The men saw Domenik Peterson qualify in the 200m dash while Chris Adams did the same in the 400m.
Two more records were set over the weekend with both bettering the mark the same person set one week earlier. April Kubishta cleared 4.14m in the pole vault to increase her record clearance while Ryan Warrenburg became the first Sun Devil to break 14 minutes in the 5,000m run with a time of 13:58.54.
To date, five school records have been broken during the indoor season with four coming from the women's side of competition. April Kubishta opened the year by breaking the record in the pole vault and has reset the mark on three occasions this season while fellow field event competitors Sarah Stevens (shot put) and Jessica Pressley (weight throw) have taken over the top spot in their respective events. Stevens' mark broke a 23 year-old record while Pressley's topped the mark set in 2001. The other two records came from Amy Hastings in the 5,000m run and Ryan Warrenburg in the 3,000m run (see above).
Latosha Wallace, a junior transfer from Barton College, has stepped in nicely for the women so far this season and that was no more evident this past weekend at the MPSF Championships. Wallace finished second in the 400m dash and provisionally qualified for the event at the NCAA Championships at 54.24. She also helped provisionally qualify two relays as she was a part of the 4x400m (3:38.03) and distance medley (11:18.37) relays. The sprint relay placed second at the MPSF meet while the DMR took third in what would have been a facility record had there not been two teams ahead of them.
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. Three weeks ago, 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. At the MPSF Championships, three more automatics were added with Jacquelyn Johnson scoring 4,207 points in the pentathlon, Jenna Kingma running 9:13.19 in the 3,000m run and Victoria Jackson running 16:03.15 in the 5,000m run.
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.
NEXT TIME OUT
Those athletes qualifying and being accepted into the meet will head to Fayetteville, Ark., for the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships, set for March 9-11.