June 11, 2013
TEMPE – While the USA Track and Field Championships are still on the horizon, the Arizona State University track and field squad has wrapped up yet another successful season with both teams finish in the top 30 at both the indoor and outdoor championships while posting several conference champions and All-Americans as well as three national champions and several school records.
Here’s a look back at the highlights of the 2013 season for the Sun Devils:
Throws coach David Dumble continued to show off his prowess in the area with all three of the national championships this season out of any sport on campus coming out of his batch of student-athletes. Jordan Clarke won his fourth NCAA Championship in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this year while Chelsea Cassulo and Anna Jelmini won the hammer and discus throw competitions, respectively, at the outdoor championships this past weekend.
With this year’s results in the fold, Dumble now lays claim to having helped coach 24 student-athletes to national championship performances since his arrival during the 2001-02 campaign.
The Sun Devils have now earned 30 individual NCAA titles since head coach Greg Kraft took over the helm in 1996. To put that into perspective, the program had only won 26 individual titles in program history, which dates as far back as the early 1900s, prior to his arrival.
The Sun Devils posted five First-Team All-Americans as well as three second-team All-Americans and a second-team All-American relay at the recent NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Indoors, seven Sun Devils earned first-team honors while four and a relay were named to the second-team.
The throws group posted six first-team honors under Dumble this season and brings his 12-year-total of All-Americans coached to 79 (including multi-events and second-team honorees) following the recent outdoor championships where Jordan Clarke (shot put), Chelsea Cassulo (hammer), Anna Jelmini (discus/shot) and Keia Pinnick (heptathlon) all earned some love.
The Sun Devils now have had 199 individual All-Americans during Kraft’s reign and 29 All-American relays.
ASU’s full list of NCAA Championship performance are as followed. Student-athletes finished first through eighth earned first team honors while those finishing ninth through 16th were named to the second-team.
NCAA Outdoor Championship Recap (Men)
Jordan Clarke – Second – Shot Put - 20.28m (66-06.50)
Men’s 4x100m Relay (Spann, Henry, Burrows, Milus) – Ninth – 39.44
Ryan Milus – 11th – 100m - 10.14
Cameron Taylor – 18th – 100mH - 13.98
NCAA Outdoor Championship Recap (Women)
Chelsea Cassulo – NCAA CHAMPION – Hammer - 69.12m (226-09)
Anna Jelmini – NCAA CHAMPION – Discus - 57.95m (190-01)
Keia Pinnick – Third – Heptathlon - 5,984 points
Shelby Houlihan – Seventh – 1,500m - 4:14.95
Anna Jelmini – 11th – Shot Put - 16.34m (53-07.50)
Christabel Nettey – 13th – Long Jump - 6.24m (20-05.75)
Women’s 4x400m Relay (Geren, Herring, Hardge, Tate) – 23rd – 3:39.93
NCAA Indoor Championship Recap (Men)
Jordan Clarke – NCAA CHAMPION– Shot Put – 20.50m (67-03.25)
Derick Hinch – Sixth – Pole Vault – 5.50m (18-00.50)
Bryan McBride – Ninth – High Jump – 2.23m (7-03.75)
Chris Benard – 10th – Triple Jump – 15.76m (51-08.50)
Nick Happe – 15th – 3000m – 8:14.46
NCAA Indoor Championship Recap (Women)
Keia Pinnick – Second – Pentathlon – 4,327
Christabel Nettey – Second – Long Jump – 6.55m (21-06.00)
Chelsea Cassulo – Fourth – Weight Throw – 21.23m (69-08.00)
Anna Jelmini – Fifth – Shot Put – 17.20m (56-05.25)
4x400m Relay (Pinnick, Herring, Geren, Tate) – 12th – 3:36.21
Shelby Houlihan –12th – 800m – 2:07.26
The Sun Devil women’s track and field team posted a pair of top-10 finishes this season, finishing seventh overall at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., and 10th overall at the outdoor championships. At the indoor championships the team was paced by runner-up finishes from Christabel Nettey in the long jump and Keia Pinnick in the pentathlon while Chelsea Cassulo and Anna Jelmini also got on the board in the weight throw and discus events, respectively.
Outdoors, Cassulo would go on to become ASU’s first-ever national champion in the hammer throw while Anna Jelmini won her first career title in the discus. Pinnick finishes third in the heptathlon while Shelby Houlihan scored points for the Sun Devils at 1,500 meters with a seventh-place finish – the best by a Sun Devil in the event ever.
It was a tough year to be a school record at Arizona State as the squad downed five over the course of the season. Nick Happe and Shelby Houlihan got things going indoors at the Husky Classic in Seattle. Happe clocked a time of 7:52.18 at 3,000 meters to knock off Brandon Bethke’s 2010 record of 7:54.27 while Houlihan took down one of the school’s longest standing school record at 800 meters. The sophomore clocked a time of 2:04.94 and became the first Sun Devil under 2:05 in school history indoors as she took down Kim Toney’s 1994 record of 2:05.12.
Outdoors it was all about the ladies with two long-standing records going down at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe. Christabel Nettey dropped Jacinta Bartholomew’s 1989 school record of 6.62m (21-08.75) with a massive leap of 6.75m (22-01.75) to win the competition just hours before Houlihan broke her second record of the year, clocking a time of 4:13.64 at 1,500 meters that was four seconds better than Priscilla Hein’s 1999 record of 4:17.98.
Chelsea Cassulohad one of the greatest seasons in NCAA history, becoming just the seventh individual to ever throw over 70 meters in the hammer throw en route to becoming the sixth-best collegiate performer of all time. Her season’s best of 70.07m (229-11) beat her own school record from earlier in the season, which she snatched away from Jessica Pressley’s 2008 record of 68.31m (224-01).
Cassulo also set the NCAA all-time dual meet record in the event with her winning of the ASU-UA-NAU Double Dual at the end of the season and her mark of 69.52m (228-01).
At the Pac-12 Championships, Cassulo and Nettey both set conference championship meet records in their respective events . Nettey knocked off one of the longest-standing records in the conference as she downed Gail Devers’ 1987 long jump record with her winning leap of 6.68m (21-11.00). Devers held the previous record with her mark of 6.65m (21-10.00). Cassulo took down former USC standout Eva Orban’s meet record of 67.53m (221-07) set in 2006 with her winning mark of 68.00m (223-01).
The Sun Devils won eight total conference championships this year (seven individual, one relay). That was the team’s second-highest tally at a Pac-10/12 Championship in school history. Only the 2008 squad, where the squad won 13 total titles en route to a victory on the women’s side and a runner-up finish for the men, fared better. ASU’s eight titles were the second-most of any team in the conference. Only Oregon (9) had a better outing.
In finishing third overall, the ASU women have now finished in the top-four at the Pac-10/12 Championships in 11 of the last 12 seasons (since 2002). No other school in the conference can lay such a claim (Stanford has done so in 10 of the last 12). Taking that even a step more, ASU has been in the top-three at the conference championships in eight of the last nine seasons (since 2005). Again, no other school can lay such a claim (Stanford has done so in seven of the last nine).
On the men’s side following the team’s fourth-place finish this past weekend, the Sun Devils have been a top-four team in 11 of the last 14 seasons (since 2000). Only USC and Oregon (both 12 of 14) have a better track record in that time.
A complete list of accomplishment for the Pac-12 weekend can be found here: http://pitchforkposts.tumblr.com/post/50525354446/what-a-weekend-asu-t-f-pac-12-championship-recap
The Sun Devil men became the first team top win back-to-back MPSF indoor titles since UCLA accomplished the feat during the 2008-09 campaigns.
Nick Happe, Garrett Baker-Slama, Jordan Benesh and Sarah Geren all earned First-Team All-District honors for the Sun Devils on the CoSIDA 2013 Capital One Academic All-District® Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams. The three selections for the men mark ASU as the only team with multiple first-team selections in District VIII, which consists of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai'I, Nevadam Oregon, Utah, Washington and Canada.
The number of selections is substantial as the Sun Devils are one of just three programs to post three All-District selections in the nation. Only Southeast Missouri State and Georgia Tech also accomplished the feat.
The ASU squad picked up nine Pac-12 Conference All-Academic nods on the men’s side – including six First-Team selections - and nine on the women’s end as well
The six First-Team All-Academic selections for the Sun Devil men paced the conference as no other team in the league posted more than three selections onto the First Team.
Additionally, Nick Happe was named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.