Sun Devils to Send 14 Athletes to NCAA Indoor Championships
March 5, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - The NCAA released its lists of qualifiers Monday night for the 2007 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships with 14 members of the Arizona State University program finding their names on the list of accepted entries into the national meet. Four Sun Devil men and 10 women will compete in the championships Friday and Saturday inside the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
The women are led by a trio of Sun Devils that qualified in two individual events each. Amy Hastings ranks first in the 5,000m run (15:30.17) and seventh in the 3,000m run (9:13.28), making her just one of six women that qualified in both of the long distance races. She will be joined by a pair of Sun Devils that qualified in both throws. Sarah Stevens is ranked first in the shot put (17.86m) and tied for third in the weight throw (21.16m) while Jessica Pressley is seventh in the shot put (16.78m) and tied for 12th in the weight throw (20.30m). The throwing duo are two of only four women that qualified for both events.
Joining Hastings on the track in the 5,000m run will be Jenna Kingma (16:14.12) and Ali Kielty (16:14.67), who rank 12th and 13th, respectively, in the event. Also on track will be the 11th-ranked 4x400m relay squad of Bridgette Williams, Shauntel Elcock, Jacquelyn Johnson and Latosha Wallace (3:36.34).
In the field, April Kubishta will compete in the pole vault with her clearance of 4.30m ranking as the top mark in the nation this season. Johnson will look to defend her pentathlon crown as she ranks third in the multi-event with a score of 4,159 points.
Of the women making the trip to Arkansas, only Kielty, Kingma, Williams and Elcock are making their indoor debuts. Hastings is the returning national champion in the 5,000m run while Johnson has won the last two multi-event championships (outdoor heptathlon included). Stevens, Pressley and Kubishta each competed in individual events one year ago while Wallace was a member of the distance medley relay in 2006.
Ryan Whiting, one of only three selected for the men's shot put that is not a junior or senior, leads the men as his mark of 19.89m ranks second in the nation. Matt Turner will compete in the long jump (7.72m) and Joshua Kinnaman will take part in the heptathlon (5,585 points) as both men are ranked 11th in their respective events. The last man in for the Sun Devils is Aaron Aguayo, who is the 15th of 15 competitors in the 3,000m run (7:56.97).
Only Kinnaman has competed at the national indoor meet in the past and is a returning All-America after taking eighth last year. This will be his third NCAA indoor meet after he also started the 2005 meet before an injury forced his withdraw from the event. Aguayo has earned All-America honors in both cross country and outdoor track and field, but this will mark his first indoor appearance. Turner, a transfer from CS Fullerton, is also making his first indoor appearance after placing 10th outdoors last year and earning All-America accolades.
2007 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Sun Devils accepted into the meet
Amy Hastings - 3,000m run (9:13.28) & 5,000m run (15:30.17)
Jacquelyn Johnson - Pentathlon (4,159 points)
Ali Kielty - 5,000m run (16:14.67)
Jenna Kingma - 5,000m run (16:14.12)
April Kubishta - Pole Vault (4.30m)
Jessica Pressley - Shot Put (16.78m) & Weight Throw (20.30m)
Sarah Stevens - Shot Put (17.86m) & Weight Throw (21.16m)
Arizona State `A' - 4x400m Relay (3:36.34)
- Bridgette Williams, Shauntel Elcock, Jacquelyn Johnson, Latosha Wallace, D'Metra Macedon (alternate)