Sun Devil Track and Field Enters 2007 Season Ranked Nationally
Jan. 17, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University track and field program will enter the 2007 indoor season holding national rankings according to the first Trackwire.com Top 25 poll released January 16. The Sun Devil women will come into the season as the No. 2 team in the national while the men start the season at No. 18 on the list.
The women, coming off a season that saw them place third at the NCAA Indoor Championships before placing in a tie for fourth-place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, boast eight individuals and two relays on the Dandy Dozen, which predicts the Top 12 finishers in each event contested at the NCAA event. Both Amy Hastings and Jacquelyn Johnson have been selected to defend their national titles from last year with Hastings ranked No. 1 in the 5,000m run and Johnson holding the top spot in the pentathlon.
The field events for the women continue to be a strength as Jessica Pressley was selected to place fourth overall in the shot put and fifth in the weight throw, making her the only athlete (male and female) to be ranked in the Dandy Dozen in both throwing events this winter. Fellow Sun Devil thrower Sarah Stevens, after placing third nationally last year, enters the season as the second-ranked woman in the shot put. Distance standout Jenna Kingma is the last woman ranked in the Top 8 of an event as she was selected third in the 3,000m run after placing sixth last year.
Two other women are ranked individually with both ranking ninth in their respective events, just one place from scoring on the national scene. April Kubishta, the school's record holder both indoors and out, is ranked ninth in the pole vault while sophomore Stephanie Garnett is ranked ninth in the long jump. ASU's relays also hold positions in the Dandy Dozen with the distance medley relay ranked 10th and the 4x400m relay ranked 11th.
On the men's side, only two men are ranked with both among the Top 8 scoring places. Ryan Whiting, who took a redshirt season in 2006, is ranked second in the shot put while Joshua Kinnaman, a two-time All-American in the multi-events last year, is ranked sixth in the heptathlon.
Track and Field News also released an early look at the 2007 outdoor season in their December 2006 issue with the Sun Devil women earning high praise again. The magazine, which selected just the Top 8 teams and the winners of each outdoor event, placed the women third overall in the standings while Hastings (10,000m run) and Johnson (heptathlon) were selected to win their respective events.
Several Sun Devils, including Kubishta, will open the 2007 season this weekend as they travel to Reno, Nev., for the 2007 National Pole Vault Summit inside the Grand Sierra Resort. A schedule of competition will be released later in the week.