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3 Titles, 4 Medals, 9 All-Americans Highlight NCAA Championships

Jun 12, 2021

EUGENE, Oregon - It was a week to remember for Arizona State track and field. Three national titles were earned, six Sun Devils placed in the top-5, nine claimed All-America honors, and both the men and women finished top-10. Both ASU's men and women's squads finished ninth, the men claiming 24 points and the women earning 22. This marks the first time the men have been top-10 since 2010 (4th, 79 points) and the third time in the last four years that the women have been in the top-10.
Jorinde van Klinken rounded out the competition Saturday with ASU's third national championship of the week. The world discus leader was neck-and-neck with Iowa's Laulauga Tausaga through the first five rounds, Tausaga leading by five inches, until round six where van Klinken put her all into it and launched a massive 65.01m/213-3 hurl to take the lead and break the 21 year-old meet record (Seilala Sua, UCLA 64.26m). Van Klinken becomes ASU's sixth women's discus champion and eighth overall.




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Turner Washington got most of the attention this week. The redshirt junior out of Tucson, Arizona earned a pair of national titles with victories in the shot put and discus. Washington threw 21.10m/69-2.75 in the third round of the shot put to win the national crown and give ASU it's second NCAA title in 2021. He followed that up with a huge performance in the discus where he won by almost five feet (63.42m/208-1) thanks to his first-round mark. Washington joins Sun Devil great and former Olympian Ryan Whiting '09 as the only Sun Devils to win the indoor shot, outdoor shot, and discus all in the same seasons. That feat has only happened three times in NCAA history, with John Godina also doing it in 1995 for UCLA. With his wins, Washington brings ASU it's second national discus title on the men's side and seventh overall, the last being Magdalyn Ewen in 2018. His shot put victory is the sixth on the men's side, 10th overall, and third since 2016 when throws coach Brian Blutreich was hired.

French freshman Alizee Minard picked up some major hardware and broke the program javelin record when she finished second overall, earning first-team All-America honors in the process. The reigning Pac-12 champion is ASU's highest finisher in the past 20 years and she's the program's first First Team honoree in that time too.

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Beatrice Llano recorded a top-five finish in the women's hammer. On her first heave of the day she went 65.90m/216-2, temporarily putting her in seventh place, and she sat there until round three when she went 68.78m/225-8. The mark was a season's best for the Norwegian and moved her into third where she was primed to take the bronze medal until Shey Taiwo and Tara Simpson-Sullivan both passed her in round six. Llano previously finished seventh overall at the 2019 NCAA Championships.
On the track, Jamar Marshall Jr. officially put his name on the map when he took fifth in the 110m hurdles. The freshman finished in 13.53, 0.28 seconds off winner Robert Dunning of Alabama. The finish completes the first-year Sun Devils' record-breaking first-year campaign that featured him taking the Pac-12 110H crown, breaking the ASU 60m indoor and 110H titles, and slotting his name into sixth all-time in the outdoor 400m hurdles.

NCAA Championships Results
Turner Washington - Shot,  21.10m/69-2.75 - National title, PR*
Turner Washington - discus,  63.42m/208 - National title*
Jorinde van Klinken - discus, 65.01m/213-3 - National title, collegiate PR, meet record*
Alizee Minard - javelin, 57.91m/190 - Silver medal, PR, Program Record*
Beatrice Llano - hammer, 65.90m/216-2 - 5th, season's best*
Jamar Marshall Jr. - 110H semi final, 13.57, 4th - Q
Jamar Marshall Jr. - 110H final, 13.53, 5th*
Shelby Moran - hammer, 66.01m/216-7 - 13th, PR^
Carlan Naisant - javelin, 64.83m/212-8, 19th!
Ian Schulz - discus, 56.25m/184-6, 10th^
Jorinde van Klinken - shot, 16.87m/55-4.25 - 12th^
* = First Team All-American
^ = Second Team All-American
! = honorable mention