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ASU T&F Set For Texas A&M Quadrangular

Jan 22, 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. -The Arizona State University track and field teams are set for its second indoor meet of the season, traveling to College Station, Texas, on Saturday for the Texas A&M Quadrangular.

ASU will take on the No. 2-ranked Texas A&M women and the No. 4-ranked Texas A&M men, along with the Oklahoma State men and No. 13 women, and the No. 9 Texas Tech men and No. 17 Texas Tech women.

The meet, which will be aired on ESPN’s SEC Network, is set to begin at 11 a.m.  MT/Noon CT with six different field events and the first of the track events, the women’s mile.

Live results will be available via, and updates from the Sun Devils will be available on Twitter by following @SunDevilTFXC. 

Men’s Weight Throw (Trials & Finals) (Noon)
Ryan Leslie, Kyle Lillie, Kyle Long 

Women’s Shot Put (Trials & Finals) (Noon)
Alex Hartig, Magdalyn Ewen, Ashley Weber

Men’s High Jump (Finals) (Noon)
Edmond Baker

Men’s Pole Vault (Finals) (Noon)
Matthew Eckles, Tanner Greeley, Dillon Groener, Josiah Becker

Women’s Long Jump (Trials & Finals) (Noon)
Jasmine Gibbs, Kendra Purifoye

Women’s Pole Vault (Finals) (12:50 p.m.)
Kristiana Warth, Nicole Kennedy

Women’s Weight Throw (Trials & Finals) (1:15 p.m.)
Jessika Byrd, Ashley Weber, Magdalyn Ewen, Ginger Jarchow

Men’s Shot Put (Trials & Finals) (1:15 p.m.)
Thomas Anderson, Kyle Lillie, Kyle Long, Ahmed Hassan

Women’s High Jump (Final) (1:15 p.m.)
Kendra Purifoye

Women’s Mile (Noon)
Payton Schutte, Shaina Corbin

Men’s Mile (12:05 p.m.)
Ian Roberts

Women’s 60m Hurdles (12:10 p.m.)
Kendra Purifoye

Men’s 60m Hurdles (12:18 p.m.)
Cameron Taylor

Women’s 400m Dash (12:25 p.m.)
Brianna Tate, Sara McDonald, Melese Crozier, Kiera Bulluck

Men’s 400m Dash (12:33 p.m.)
Sterling Winston, Cody Moore, Ronny Hall

Women’s 60m Dash (12:43 p.m.)
Jasmine Gibbs 

Men’s 60m Dash (12:50 p.m.)
Devan Spann

Women’s 800m Run (12:55 p.m.)
Paisley Pettway

Men’s 800m Run (1 p.m.)
Michael Julian, Trevor Landry

Women’s 200m Dash (1:05 p.m.)
LaTroya Franklin

Women’s 3000m Run (1:25 p.m.)
Shelby Houlihan, Adriana Olivas

Men’s 3000m Run (1:40 p.m.)
CJ Albertson, Ryan Herson

Women’s 4x400m Relay (2:25 p.m.)
Sara McDonald, LaTroya Franklin, Melese Crozier, Brianna Tate, Kiera Bulluck

Men’s 4x400m Relay (2:35 p.m.)
Sterling Winston, Ronny Hall, Cody Moore, Devan Spann, Michael Julian

ASU opened the 2015 indoor slate with strong performances from both returners and newcomers at NAU’s Friday Night Duals last week.

ASU had 10 winners in the indoor opener, including one from redshirt freshman Magdalyn Ewen. Ewen won the shot put with a throw of 15.52m (50-11.00), which is good for No. 9 in the indoor record book. Ewen also placed second in the weight throw with a personal best of 18.83m (61-9.75), good for No. 7 in the indoor record lore.

Sophomore Keyasia Tibbs picked up a win in the women’s triple jump, with first her try coming in at 12.32m (40-5.00), good enough to secure the win. The mark also places her at No. 3 in the ASU indoor record book, behind Valerie Williams’ (2000) jump of 12.51m (41-0.50) and Christabel Nettey’s (2013) jump of 12.38m (40-7.50).

Athletes with the top-16 times or marks in each event will qualify for the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships, set for March 13-14 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Cameron Taylor’s 60m hurdles time of aa 7.86 sits at No. 9, while Thomas Anderson’s shot put mark of 18.58m (60-11.50) sits at No. 11.

Following the first meet of the season, ASU saw eight changes to the indoor record book, four for the men and four for the women.

Keyasia Tibss’ winning triple jump mark of 12.32m (40-5.00) from the Friday Night Duals is now No. 3 in the record book behind Valerie Williams’ (2000) mark of 12.51m (41-0.50) and Christabel Nettey’s (2013) mark of 12.38m (40-7.50).

Nicole Kennedy’s pole vault mark of 3.77m (12-4.50) is No. 8 in the top-10, while Magdalyn Ewen placed two marks in the record book, her shot put distance of 15.52m (50-11.00) and her weight throw of 18.84m (61-9.75).

Devan Spann’s PR in the 60m dash of aa 6.72 sits in a tie for No. 7 with Jim McGee (2000) and Seth Amoo (2005), while Cameron Taylor’s PR of aa 7.86 in the 60m hurdles remains at No. 2 in the record behind Tony Galaviz’s (2002) time of aa 7.71.

Thomas Anderson’s PR in the shot put of 18.58m (60-11.50) sits at No. 8, while Kyle Lillie’s weight throw mark of 18.09m (59-4.25) also now No. 8 in the top-10.

Following the Texas A&M Quadrangular on Jan. 24, ASU will make a trip to Albuquerque, N.M., for the New Mexico Collegiate Invitational on Jan. 31.

ASU’s first split weekend is Feb. 13-14, with the distance runners going to the Husky Classic, while the rest of the team returns to New Mexico for the Don Kirby Elite Invitational.

The MPSF Indoor Championships are set for Feb. 27-28 in Seattle, Wash., and athletes who qualify for the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships will compete on March 13-14 in Fayetteville, Ark.

“Our season really takes off when we go to Texas A&M,” Kraft said. “Then we have another opportunity to compete as a team when we go to New Mexico at the end of January. Then, we have a couple weeks to regroup and give the team some rest before we have our split weekend, with the distance athletes running at the Husky Classic, and the rest of the team back in New Mexico for the Don Kirby Elite Invitational. The unique part of the indoor season is that it’s very difficult to end the season in the top-16 in the country, which is how you qualify for the NCAA meet. I think this schedule gives our student athletes three or four times to get a really solid qualifying mark. ”

ASU will host four meets at Sun Angel Stadium in 2015, opening the outdoor portion of the schedule with the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 20-21.

The Sun Devils will also debut the new Arizona State Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Invitational, where ASU will host Arizona UCLA, Indiana, Michigan, and Nebraska, in a meet that will be scored by team and by league affiliation.

April 9-11 will mark the running of the 36th Sun Angel Track Classic, and then the Sun Devils will close out the home slate on May 2 with the Duel in the Desert against the Pac-12 rival Wildcats.

“At the meets we’re hosting, there will be traditional powers, like Texas A&M, who will run at our meets, and we will also be having a Pac-12/Big Ten challenge, where UCLA and Arizona will pair up with us as we go against Michigan, Nebraska and Indiana,” Kraft said. “The Sun Angel Classic continues to grow and be refined and will be an outstanding event for us.”

Complete 2015 Home Schedule:
March 20-21: Baldy Castillo Invitational
March 27-28: ASU Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Invitational
April 9-11: 36th Sun Angel Track Classic
May 2: Duel In the Desert - Arizona vs. Arizona State

The 2015 Pac-12 Outdoor Championships are set for back-to-back weekends on May 9-10 and May 16-17. UCLA will host the meet at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. Athletes who qualify for the NCAA West Regional will travel to Austin, Texas, on May 28-30, with hopes to qualify for the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships, June 10-13, in Eugene, Ore.

On April 23-25, the Sun Devils will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete at the 106th Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee at Drake Stadium.

“The Drake Relays has really tried to do a lot of unique things for the sport of track and field,” Kraft said. “They have asked us to come for years and this year we agreed to go back and participate in the relays and be a part of the team challenge there. Obviously, Shelby Houlihan is very excited because that’s where her first great races were, winning the Iowa State Championship at Drake Stadium. It really is a neat situation for us to go back and do something a little different from a relay standpoint but also to try and support our sport of track and field as we continually fight to carve a niche and try to make ourselves a little more fan friendly and a little more TV friendly. As the stature of our program increases, we have to be sensitive to the overall needs of our program from an exposure standpoint.”

Senior Shelby Houlihan, reigning NCAA outdoor champion in the 1500m run is one of the few collegiate competitors to earn an invitation to run in the 2015 NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Armory in Washington Heights, Manhattan, N.Y.

The women’s Wanamaker Mile is set to run at 7:20 p.m. ET.

“Shelby Houlihan has been invited to run this year at the Millrose Games,” Kraft said. “The mile is one of the signature events of the Millrose Games and her being invited shows you the kind of respect she has nationally. Shelby will be running against some of the best milers in the world. She’ll have her first experience of running in prime time under the lights in indoor track.”

Assistant and head cross country coach Louie Quintana ran in the men’s Wanamaker Mile when he competed at Villanova.

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The Arizona State track and field squads added to its streak of producing at least one NCAA Champion since the 2006 season, adding two more in 2014 with Shelby Houlihan becoming ASU’s first-ever 1500m champion and Bryan McBride winning ASU’s first title in the high jump since Kyle Arney won the event in 1977. Houlihan won her race in 4:18.10, while McBride set a new lifetime best with a clearance of 2.28m (7-05.75), which sits as the No. 2 mark in school history.

“I think this year our team is probably slanted toward more of an NCAA Championship type team,” Kraft said. “On the men’s side we have Bryan McBride, a returning national champion, and on the women’s side we have Shelby Houlihan back this year. One of our goals is always to be in the top 10 nationally, which normally takes around 20 points. With a national champion, you already have 10 points so you are halfway there.”

“I think last year we had a little more veteran experience and this year we are relying a bit more on some new people that I think will develop into champions, like if you look at a student athlete like Maggie Ewen. A realistic goal for us would be to finish in the top three of the conference, given the youth of our team. As of right now, I wouldn’t consider us to have championship depth. I’m not saying that we won’t develop it, but going into our first meet and looking at our roster and all the new people we added to the program, it remains to be seen.”

“Arguably our best sprinter, Jamol James, who has competed in the Olympic Games and the World Championships, won’t compete until outdoors. So when you are missing a component like that, it has a tremendous impact on your team score at the indoor conference meet. When you look at our returning veterans like Bryan (McBride) and Shelby (Houlihan) you feel comfortable and start to think that their 10 points at the conference level can become 10 points at the national level. We try and just focus on ourselves and our development.”

The Sun Devils have added two assistant coaches to the staff this season, Jeremy Rasmussen, returning to his role of assistant, which he previously held in 2006-07, and Otis McDaniel joining the program from Alabama,

Rasmussen is in his second year back at ASU after an assistant coaching stint at Illinois from 2007-13. Last season, Rasmussen served as director of operations, and will now coach the distance athletes both during track season and cross country, along with head cross country coach Louie Quintana. Rasmussen will also continue to serve as ASU’s home meet director.

McDaniel spent the last two years as a volunteer assistant at Alabama, and was a four-time All-American on the track at TCU from 2006-09. A PanAm Junior champion in the 200m, McDaniel will assist Ronnie Williams with the sprinters.

The Sun Devils also picked up second-team All-America accolades for the women’s 4x100m relay team of LaTroya Franklin, Asiah Gooden, Alycia Herring, and Brianna Tate, while Anna Jelmini earned second-team honors in the discus. Both men’s relays earned first-team All-America honors, with Daveon Collins, Will Henry, Devan Spann, and Ryan Milus competing in the 4x100m, while Collins, Henry, Spann, and Keith Cleveland ran the 4x400m.

Indoors, Houlihan earned first-team All-America honors in the mile and second-team honors in the 3000m, while Jelmini earned first-team honors in the shot put. Ryan Milus finished as the national runner-up in the 60m, while Tatum Benard-Taylor earned second-team honors in the same event. 

Head Coach Greg Kraft is entering his 19th year as the leader of the Sun Devil program, a tenure that has brought Arizona State back to the top of the standings in both the NCAA and Pac-12 events. Since his hiring, the program has continued to evolve into one of the more well rounded in the nation with strength on the track, in the field, and in cross country. Kraft and his staff have worked diligently to reach their goals of championships and success in education. His program has annually produced some of the top individuals in the nation with 28 of the program’s 59 individual and relay national titles won since 2004, while both his teams and individual student-athletes have garnered national academic acclaim. Prior to his arrival, the program boasted one NCAA Championship (Men’s Outdoor Track & Field, 1977) and one Pac-12 Championship (Men’s Outdoor Track & Field, 1981). In the last seven years, his Sun Devils have captured four national crowns (2007 Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, 2008 Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field) and added three Pac-12 Championships (Women’s Outdoor Track & Field, 2006-08). Kraft’s teams have finished in the Top 10 of the NCAA Track & Field Championships on 22 occasions in 16 years while the program had done so just 14 times prior to his arrival in Tempe.

In his 19th year at Arizona State, Greg Kraft’s tenure ranks as the second-longest in Sun Devil track & field history and the third-longest active streak among all current ASU head coaches. The only coach that has led the track & field program longer than Kraft is legendary coach Senon ‘Baldy’ Castillo, who led the way for 26 years (1954-79). Among current Sun Devil head coaches, Kraft’s 19th year ranks behind Sheila McInerney, who is in her 31st year with women’s tennis.

The Sun Devils will round out January by making their first trip of the season to Albuquerque, N.M., for the New Mexico Collegiate Invitational, on Saturday, Jan. 31.