Jan. 26, 2013
TEMPE – It was another solid showing early in the season on Saturday for the Arizona State University track and field team as both the men and women posted some impressive marks at the Texas A&M Challenge presented by Mondo in College Station, Texas.
Two Sun Devils making their 2013 debuts in the middle distance lit up the track at the Gilliam Indoor Track Facility, starting with Shelby Houlihan and her electric time of 2:06.27 to win the 800-meter run by over three seconds. It was the second-fastest 800m time in ASU indoor history and the fastest since Kim Toney ran the school record 2:05.12 back in 1994.
Houlihan’s time was the fourth-quickest mark in the nation thus far this season.
Over in the men’s mile, Nick Happe looked to be right back on track to follow up last year’s second-team All-American campaign, clocking a time of 4:00.67 to finish third overall for the No. 4 ASU men. Happe’s time would have been a meet record – except for the fact that he was third in the race behind two other meet-record holders. Happe’s time was good for the 15th-best mark in the country this far this season.
In the women’s quarter-mile, sophomore Brianna Tate positioned herself as one of the candidates for ASU’s breakout athletes of the year as she won the 400-meter dash in a career-best time of 53.80. Tate did it all by herself in the third heat of Saturday’s events, winning her section by nearly three seconds to post the fastest time of the day against a very competitive field.
For Tate, it was the eighth-fastest time in ASU indoor history and her second personal best in as many competitions.
Ryan Milus won his second consecutive 60-meter competition, clocking a season’s best of 6.72 for the 25th-best time in the nation thus far.
Christabel Nettey matched the fastest 60-meter hurdle time in her career with a time of 8.46 to finish third overall in the event where she ranks sixth in ASU history. She would go on to win the long jump competition, posting the 17th-best long jump in the nation with a 6.09m (19-11.75) leap.
The ASU relay teams also put together a strong day with the women’s squad (Keia Pinnick, Alycia Herring, Sarah Geren and Tate) finishing second by about five-tenths of a second to Texas A&M in a time of 3:36.67 in what would be the seventh-fastest time in the nation this season. It was the 10th-fastest time in ASU history.
Bryan McBride tied for the victory in the men's high jump with a season's best leap of 2.12m (6-11.50).
Chelsea Cassulo had one of the top performances of the day as she won the weight throw event with a toss of 20.00m (65-07.50) to set a new meet record and logging the 18th-best mark in the nation this season.
Joe Riccio moved up to No. 6 in ASU’s record books in the weight throw with his runner-up performance of 18.88m (61-11.50).
ASU will send a couple members of the team to the NAU Open next weekend in Flagstaff, Ariz., while the majority of the team won’t return to action until the following weekend.