Feb. 8, 2013
ALUBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Arizona State University track and field record books will need their fair share of editing following the weekend after the team posted an exceptional day of competition at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational on Friday in Albuquerque, N.M.
FIELD EVENT RECAP
Senior Christabel Nettey set the tone for the evening for the No. 17 ASU women, soaring 6.54m (21-05.50) to set a new school record in the long jump.
Nettey had four jumps right around the 6.30m mark before knocking out the big one on her fifth leap to claim the school record formerly held by Jackie Johnson (’08) and Tiffany Greer (’00), who shared a mark of 6.50m (21-04.00). The jump tentatively ranks as the second best mark in the nation, barring results from other meet set to take place this weekend.
Just before Nettey’s historic leap, Chelsea Cassulo advanced up the record books herself in the weight throw following her third consecutive personal record in as many weeks. Cassulo remained unbeaten in the event on the year with a throw of 20.84m (68-04.50) to move up to fourth all-time in ASU history and into the top-10 nationally for the time being.
Cassulo is a perfect four-for-four when it comes to victories in the event this season.
In the men’s shot put, Jordan Clarke showed that even while not at 100 percent, he is still a force to be reckoned with for the No. 5 ASU men. Clarke won his 11th consecutive shot put title (dating back to the second meet of the indoor season last year) with a throw of 20.21 (66-03.75) on Friday.
Clarke, competing with a minor hand injury on his throwing hand, had three throws over 20 meters and now have five such throws this season. Put into perspective, only one other thrower in the country has gotten to the 20-meter mark – doing so just once – and that is Mason Finley of Wyoming, who Clarke beat by over a foot on Friday.
Chris Benard cleared 16 meters in the triple jump for the first time this season, logging a mark of 16.02m (52-06.75) to become just the fifth student-athlete in the nation this year to go over the mark.
Bryan McBride had his best leap of the year, soaring over the bar at 2.22m (7-03.25) to finish fourth overall and tentatively into a spot in the NCAA Championship field.
In the women’s pole vault, Shaylah Simpson continued to show an impressive recovery from an injury that plagued her during the offseason as she cleared the bar at 4.22m (13-10.00) for a mark that ranks in the top-10 nationally for the time being and improved upon her already-held spot at second place in the ASU record books.
Transfer Heather Arseneau showed her potential as well on Friday, taking fourth overall with a new career best of 4.02m (13-02.25) as she climbed all the way to fourth in ASU’s record books and cleared 13 feet for the first time in her career.
Anna Jelmini took third in a solid shot put event on the women’s side, just missing her season high with a throw of 16.61m (54-06.00). Alex Hartig had a new career best in the event as well with a throw of 15.34m (50-04.00).
TRACK EVENT RECAP
This release starting praising Christabel Nettey for her prowess in a field event, so its only fitting that it take note of her track superiority as well. After setting the school record in the long jump, Nettey came right back and finished second in the 60m hurdle finals in a new career best time of 8.34 – a time is good for sixth in ASU’s record books.
In the prelims of that event, Keia Pinnick came in with the third fastest-time of the day in 8.32 but did not compete in the final.
On the men’s side, sophomore Cameron Taylor logged a new career best with a time of 7.87 – the second-best time in ASU history – and went on to take fourth in the final in 7.88.
At 60 meters, junior Ryan Milus won yet again with his season’s best time of 6.67 in the final following a 6.70 – also the fastest time – run through the prelims.
On the women’s side, Asiah Gooden continued her breakout junior year as she clocked a time of 7.37 to take third in the 60m final in a new career best that improved upon her fourth-place standing in the ASU record books. Gooden would go on the also finish third at 200 meters, against clocking a personal best in 23.93 to move in the top-10 at ASU in the event in eighth overall.
In the women’s 400-meter dash, Brianna Tate clocked her second consecutive personal record in a third-place run in 53.58. Having just broken into the ASU top-10 in the event for the first time last weekend, the sophomore moved up to No. 6 all-time with the performance.
Pinnick would also compete in this race, taking fifth in a solid 54.20 in an open event she rarely competes in.
Pinnick and Tate would team up with Sarah Geren to absolutely roll the field in the 4x400-meter relay, running the eighth fastest time in school history on their way to beating runner-up Arizona by over four seconds.
The men’s squad of Devan Spann, Darryl Morales and Will Henry took second in their race in 3:12.91.
The Sun Devils will have a small-scale weekend next weekend at the NAU Tune-Up before setting their sights on the first championship meet of the year, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Seattle the following weekend.