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Happe, Houlihan Set School Records for ASU TF/XC
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Release: 02/09/2013
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Feb. 9, 2013


SEATTLE - There were only three student-athletes in action for the Arizona State University track and field program at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash.

Two of them set school records. 

In the conclusion of the most successful weekend of the year for the Sun Devil program, Shelby Houlihan and Nick Happe each took down school records in their respective events on Saturday to bring ASU's weekend total to three school records following Christabel Nettey's historic long jump in Albuquerque yesterday.

Houlihan was the top collegiate finished in the Invite section of the 800-meter run on Saturday, finishing second overall in 2:04.94 to take down on of ASU's oldest school records in a running event.

With the performance, Houlihan knocked off Kim Toney former Sun Devil indoor record of 2:05.12 set back in 1994. The time is currently the seventh fastest in the nation thus far this season.

Not to be outdone, Nick Happe had the run of his life in the men's 3,000-meter run Invite section as he clocked a time of 7:52.18 in his first race at the distance this season.

The time was about a three-second personal record for the senior, who unseeded Brandon Bethke's former school record of 7:54.27 that was set in 2010. 

Happe now holds the school indoor record in the mile and at 3,000 meters and he ranks third all-time in the 5,000-meter run as well.

Also in action on Saturday was graduate transfer Zach Zarda, who finished his section of the 3,000-meter run in 8:07.60.  It was the first race of the season for Zarda, who battled back from suffering a foot injury two months ago to clock the 10th-fastest time in ASU history.

ASU now sets its sights on the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in two weekends, though the team will send a contingency to the NAU Tune-Up In Flagstaff next weekend. 

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