PRs Aplenty Friday at Sun Angel Classic
TEMPE - Sun Devil Track and Field had a lot to celebrate Friday on day two of the Sun Angel Classic. #ThrowsU leaders Jorinde van Klinken and Turner Washington made their season debuts in dramatic fashion. Van Klinken took the national discus lead with a 62.38m/204-8 mark, and Washington climbed to fourth in the NCAA in the discus with his 62.12m/203-9. On the track, Justin Robinson ran a PR in the 200m (20.67) which ties for 23rd in the NCAA, while Adriana Tatum won the 200m with a 23.35 PR, good for 28th in the NCAA. The fun continues Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the women's long jump.
Beatrice Llano finished second in the hammer throw but had the best time of a collegian. Throwing legend and Team USA member Brooke Andersen won the event with a 77.26m/253-5 PR, and Llano followed with a 69.64m/228-5 season-best that ranks third in the NCAA.
In the men's discus, there was no surprise when Washington won his eighth-consecutive discus meet, but Ralford Mullings put the four-time national title winner on edge. Mullings threw one inch shorter than the veteran Washington at 62.08m/203-8, but he remains second in the NCAA overall with a 63.50m/208-4 season's best from the ASU Invitational.
Van Klinken won the discus handedly. Her 204-8 was over 11-feet further than Kansas' Alexandra Emilianov - and she released it early. Van Klinken has now won nine-straight discus meets.
Keira Christie-Galloway and Jr. Olympian Cortney Jones both qualified for the 100m hurdle finals with their respective fourth (13.46) and sixth (13.48) place finishes. This was Jones' first time competing in the 100H in her ASU career. She last ran it in 2019 at the NCAA Championships while still with Florida State. On the men's side, returning All-American Jamar Marshall Jr. advanced to finals with a 13.86 in the 110H.
Adriana Tatum continues to improve in her freshman season. Coming off an electric 23.47 PR from the ASU Invitational, Tatum improved her time with today's 23.35 in the 200m. She has the fifth-fasted time in the Pac-12 with the finish. Justin Robinson's 20.67 in the 200m ties him for fifth in the Pac-12.