Stevens, Aguayo Compete for Team USA at IAAF World Championships
Aug. 27, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - Sarah Stevens and Aaron Aguayo, who competed with the Arizona State University track and field program during the 2007 season, recently competed for the United States at the 11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics held inside Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan. Both athletes faced some of the top individuals in the world in the opening rounds of competition, but did not advance in the meet.
Stevens, the 2007 NCAA Indoor Shot Put Champion and a junior with the Sun Devil program, recorded a mark of 16.87m on her first throw of the competition before recording a foul in Round 2 and a toss of 16.26m in Round 3. Her first mark placed her 12th in the first flight of qualification and 22nd overall as only the Top 12 individuals advanced to the finals.
'This is my first world championships, so it's a change for me,' Stevens told the USATF. 'There's a lot of excitement and it's fun to see a lot of girls to throw really well. I could have thrown a little bit better. I was hoping to finish as high as I was ranked, or a little bit higher. I think I did that. I'm happy with my performance. For what I have been training, I think I threw really well today.'
Aguayo, a four-time Pac-10 steeplechase champion and All-American, clocked a time of 8:30.86 and placed 10th in the third of three flights to finish 20th overall. The runner-up at the USA Championships and third at the NCAA Championships, Aguayo was the top American finisher in the meet as he posted a faster time than his two U.S. teammates.
'I came into this meet pretty prepared,' Aguayo told the USATF. 'My race was a race of attrition, especially with the conditions and the competition. I did what I could, so I can't be too mad at myself.'
Later on Monday (Tuesday in Osaka), former seven-time All-American and 200m Pac-10 Champion Seth Amoo will compete in the opening round of the 200m dash. Amoo, who will be running for Ghana, will compete in the heats at 11:10 a.m. in Osaka and could run in the quarterfinals nine hours later if he qualifies. Both Dwight Phillips and Trevell Quinley are the lone remaining Sun Devils that have yet to compete as both will participate in the qualifying rounds of the long jump tomorrow.
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Men's 3,000m Steeplechase - Heats
20. Aaron Aguayo [USA] - 8:30.86 (10th in heat 3)
Women's Shot Put - Qualification
22. Sarah Stevens [USA] - 16.87m (12th in flight 1)