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Release: 02/26/2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. -The Arizona State University track and field teams are back together for the first time since the opening weekend of February, traveling to the MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor in Seattle, Wash.

Live results will be available via the University of Washington’s MPSF Meet Information page: http://www.gohuskies.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=30200&ATCLID=208218572

The Sun Devil’s track and field twitter account @SunDevilTFXC will also post updates and results throughout the meets.

MEET DETAILS-MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships
The ASU men’s team looks to defend its team title this week, after winning back-to-back meets in 2012 and 2013. The squad finished with 125.50 team points, ahead of Oregon, who totaled 102. Then-senior Jordan Clarke won both the shot put and weight throw, while former Sun Devil Chris Benard picked up the triple jump conference crown.

Cameron Taylor took third in the 60m hurdles race with a time of 8.01, while Will Henry was runner-up in the 400m dash at 47.63. Devan Spann and Ryan Milus finished fifth and eighth, respectively in the final of the 60m race.

Behind then-senior Christabel Nettey’s trio of conference titles, in the long jump, triple jump, and 60m hurdles, the women’s team finished with 96 points, and Oregon took the title at 112. Shelby Houlihan picked up her first-ever title in the mile, while Heather Arseneau and Anna Jelmini took third in pole vault and shot put, respectively. ASU’s placement was the best finish since winning the meet in 2008.

Arizona State owns six of the MPSF meet records, three on the men’s side and three on the women’s. The most recent record was obtained in 2012 when Chris Benard jumped 53-11.00 in the triple jump. Ryan Whiting set the shot put record in 2008 at 70-5.25, while Marcus Brunson ran 6.06 in the 55m dash in 1999 when the meet was held in Reno, Nev.

The women’s most recent record was set in 2009, when Sarah Stevens threw 70-9.75 in the weight throw. In 2008, Jacquelyn Johnson set the long jump record at 21-4.00. She also set the pentathlon record in 2006 with 4,207 points.

MEET EVENT BREAKDOWN
MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships
Friday, Feb. 28 (All Times MT)
Women’s Weight Throw (Noon)
Jessika Byrd, Ashley Weber 

Women’s Pole Vault (2 p.m.)
Heather Arseneau, Shaylah Simpson 

Women’s 60m Hurdles Prelims (4:30 p.m.)
Micha Auzenne 

Men’s 60m Hurdles Prelims (4:45 p.m.)
Cam Taylor

Women’s 60m Dash Prelim (5:00 p.m./Finals on Saturday at 12:25 p.m.)
Micha Auzenne, LaTroya Franklin, Jasmine Gibbs, Asiah Gooden, Alycia Herring

Men’s 60m Dash Prelim (5:15 p.m./Finals On Saturday at 12:30 p.m.)
Trae Armstrong, Tatum Bernard-Taylor, Ryan Milus, Marcus Setoki, Devan Spann 

Women’s Long Jump (5:15 p.m.)
Alycia Herring, Jasmine Gibbs, Kira Moreland 

Men’s Long Jump (5:15 p.m.)
Jordan Benesh, Josh Dixon 

Men’s Weight Throw (5:15 p.m.)
Ryan Leslie, Kyle Lillie 

Men’s Pole Vault (5:30 p.m.)
Derick Hinch, Chris Manuele, Tanner Greeley 

Women’s 5000 meters (5:40 p.m.)
Adriana Olivas 

Men’s 5000 meters (6:00 p.m.)
Garrett Baker-Slama, Ryan Herson, Garrett Seawell 

Women’s 200 meters (6:20 p.m.)
LaTroya Franklin, Jasmine Gibbs, Asiah Gooden, Sara McDonald, Brianna Tate 

Men’s 200 meters (6:45 p.m.)
Tatum Bernard-Taylor, Keith Cleveland, Will Henry, Ryan Milus, Marcus Setoki, Devan Spann

Women’s DMR (7:10 p.m.)
Shelby Houlihan, Payton Schutte, Kala Stone, Chelsey Totten, Chiara Warner 

Men’s DMR (7:25 p.m.)
CJ Albertson, Trae Armstrong, Bernie Montoya, Tommy Williams, Daniel Wong

Saturday, March 1 (All Times MT)
Women’s Shot Put (10:30 a.m.)
Anna Jelmini, Alex Hartig, Ashley Weber 

Women’s Triple Jump (11:00 a.m.)
Kira Moreland 

Women’s Mile (11:00 a.m.)
Shelby Houlihan, Kala Stone, Chelsey Totten, Chiara Warner 

Men’s Mile (11:15 a.m.)
Bernie Montoya 

Women’s 400 meters (11:40 a.m)
Sarah Geren, Sara McDonald, Brianna Tate 

Men’s 400 meters (12:05 p.m.)
Keith Cleveland, Will Henry

Men’s Shot Put (12:45 p.m.)
Thomas Anderson, Nathan Estes, Kyle Lillie 

Men’s High Jump (12:45 p.m.)
Edmond Baker 

Men’s Triple Jump (1:00 p.m.)
Jordan Benesh, Josh Dixon 

Men’s 800 meters (1:00 p.m.)
Tommy Williams 

Women’s 3000 meters (1:20 p.m.)
Adriana Olivas, Payton Schutte, Chelsey Totten 

Men’s 3000 meters (1:45 p.m.)
CJ Albertson, Garrett Baker-Slama, Ryan Herson, Daniel Wong 

Women’s 4x400m Relay (2:25 p.m.)
Sara McDonald, Sarah Geren, LaTroya Franklin, Brianna Tate, Alycia Herring

Men’s 4x400m Relay (2:40 p.m.)
Keith Cleveland, Devan Spann, Daveon Collins, Will Henry, Trae Armstrong

LAST TIME OUT
Most of the Sun Devil track and field squad was off last week, save the pole vaulters, who made a quick trip up to Flagstaff on Friday to compete at the NAU Tune Up. Seniors Heather Arsneneau and Shaylah Simpson cleared 4.00m (13-1.50), while redshirt junior Amber Pasternak cleared 3.70m (12-1.50). Pasternak’s mark was just short of her personal best of 3.71m (12-2.00).

On the men’s side, redshirt senior Derick Hinch finished first in the five-man competition, clearing 5.22m (17-1.50), while freshman Dillon Groener set a new personal best with a clearance of 4.77m (15-7.75) for second overall. Following Groener was Chris Manuele, who also cleared 4.77m.

Also competing for the Sun Devils over the weekend was Anna Jelmini, who placed 11th at the USATF Indoor Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M. on Sunday. Jelmini’s best distance was a toss of 16.57m (54-4.50), her third-best mark this year.

A host of former Sun Devils also competed throughout the weekend, with Ryan Whiting winning the shot put with a toss of 22.23m (72-11.25). Whiting’s win qualified him to compete for Team USA at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, to be held in Sopot, Poland on March 7-9, 2014.

Chris Benard placed second in the long jump with a mark of 8.08m (26-6.25), but was short of the qualifying standard by eight centimeters. Benard also placed second in the triple jump at 16.99m (55-9.00), but was a centimeter out of the qualifying standard.

Also in the men’s shot put, Jordan Clarke placed fourth with a season-best 20.78m (68-2.25) for fourth overall.

In the men’s 3,000m, Zach Zarda placed 15th in the deepest race in men’s history at 8:25.78.

Chelsea Cassulo placed sixth in the weight throw with a personal best mark of 21.96m (72-0.75).

TOP-16 INDOOR MARKS
Athletes who place times or marks in the top-16 in the nation will qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, in Albuquerque, N.M., March 14-15.

Ryan Milus and Tatum Benard-Taylor currently have qualifying times in the 60m, with Milus’ time of 6.60 (altitude adjusted) from the Lumberjack Team Challenge on Jan. 17 placing him in a tie for sixth. Benard-Taylor ran 6.63 (altitude adjusted) at the NAU Invitational on Jan. 24, which places him in a tie for 13. Texas-Arlington’s Clayton Vaughn is the new national leader after his run of 6.55 on Feb. 7

Brianna Tate’s personal best 400m dash time of 53.09 from the Texas A&M Aggie Invite sits at No. 14 on the indoor list. Phyllis Francis from Oregon leads the nation at 52.14.

Shelby Houlihan’s school-record breaking mile time of 4:37.52 (altitude adjusted) from the New Mexico Invite sits at No. 13 in the nation. Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino ran a 4:28.31 on Jan. 24. Her 3,000m time of 9:05.86, also a school record, sits at No. 9 in the nation, while D’Agostino leads with a time of 8:51.91 from Feb. 15.

In the shot put, Anna Jelmini’s season-best toss of 16.86m (55-3.75) at the NAU Invite is at No. 12 in the nation. Kearsten Peoples of Missouri threw the national leading toss of 17.51m at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 14.

ON THE CUSP
On the women’s side of the 4x400m relay, the team of Sara McDonald, Sarah Geren, LaTroya Franklin, and Brianna Tate are at No. 22 with their time of 3:36.54 from the Don Kirby Elite meet. A team from USC ran the No. 12 time in the nation of 3:34.51 on Feb. 14. The Texas relay team ran 3:30.12 on Feb. 14, which is the No. 1 mark.

On the men’s side of the 4x400m relay, the team of Keith Cleveland, Devan Spann, Daveon Collins, and Will Henry ran 3:08.03 at the Don Kirby Elite meet for No. 22 on the list. A team from Texas A&M ran 3:07.14 for the No. 12 mark while Florida leads the nation with a time of 3:04.46. 

In the pole vault, Heather Arseneau’s career best clearance of 4.21m, places her at No. 18 nationally, while there is a three-way tie for the No. 14 mark at 4.25m. South Dakota’s Emily Grove leads the nation at 4.51m, which she cleared last week a the USATF Indoor Championships.

MPSF TOP-10
The Sun Devils have 23 athletes and both relay teams in the top-10 of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) performance lists, including leading performances in the men’s 60m, the women’s mile, and the women’s shot put.

In the 60m dash, Ryan Milus’ 6.60 from Jan. 24 places him at the top spot, while ASU has two more runners in the top-10 in Tatum Benard-Taylor (6.63, No. 2) and Devan Spann (6.97, No. 7).

Shelby Houlihan’s school record mile run of 4:37.52 (Feb. 1) leads the MPSF, her school record 3,000m time of 9:05.86 is at No. 3, while her 800m run of 2:08.46 places her at No. 7.

Anna Jelmini’s shot put toss of 16.86m (Jan. 24) sits at No. 1, tied with Arizona’s Alyssa Hansesn. Alex Hartig’s toss of 15.51m (50-10.75) places her at No. 5, and Ashley Weber is at No. 6 with her toss of 15.36m (50-4.75). Weber’s weight throw toss of 17.92m (58-9.50) places her at No. 7. 

Jasmine Gibbs’ 60m time of 7.46 from Jan. 17 places her in a tie for No. 9 with USC’s Loudia Laarman, while the Sun Devils boast a pair of runners in the top-10 of the men’s 200m with Devan Spann’s 21.33 (Feb. 14) at No. 2 and Daveon Collins’ 21.55 from the NAU Invite in a tie for No. 4. Oregon’s Mike Berry leads the league at 20.91.

On the women’s side of the 200m, LaTroya Franklin sits at No. 10 with her run clocking in at 24.03.

In the men’s 400m, Will Henry ranks at No. 6 at 47.27 while Keith Cleveland’s time of 47.68 places him at No. 7. On the women’s side, Brianna Tate’s personal best 53.09 from the Texas A&M Invitational places her at No. 3 behind Oregon’s Phyllis Francis, the national leader, who clocked in at 52.14 and Arizona’s Shapri Romero’s time of 52.82. Sara McDonald’s time of 55.10 rounds out the top-10.

Cameron Taylor’s 60m hurdles time of 8.01 from the NAU Invite on Jan. 24 places him at No. 4 in the MPSF. On the women’s side of the 60m hurdles, Micha Auzenne’s 8.36 places her in a tie for No. 5 with UCLA’s Brea Buchanan.

In the men’s 4x400m, ASU’s run of 3:08.03 at the Don Kirby Invite on Feb. 14 places them at No. 2, while Oregon leads the MPSF after clocking in at 3:07.22 from the same race. The women’s 4x400m relay time of 3:36.54 from Don Kirby sits at No. 3 in the league behind Oregon (3:30.22) and USC (3:34.51).

The Sun Devils have a trio of pole vaulters in the top-10 with Derick Hinch’s season-best clearance of 5.25m (17-2.75) placing him in fifth while Heather Arseneau’s personal best 4.21m (13-9.75) sits at No. 2 behind Washington’s Diamara Planell-Cruz clearance of 4.25m (13-11.25). Shaylah Simpson’s season best clearance of 4.01m (13-1.75) round out the top-10.

ASU also boasts a trio of long jumpers in the top-10 of the MPSF, with Alycia Herring at No. 6 with her jump of 6.04m (19-9.75), Kira Moreland at No. 8 at 5.95m (19-6.25), and Jasmine Gibbs at No. 9 at 5.91m (19-4.75).

Josh Dixon’s triple jump best of 14.69m (48-2.50) from the New Mexico Invite on Feb. 1 places him at No. 10.

In the men’s shot put, Thomas Anderson’s 18.45m (60-6.50) places him at No. 4, while Kyle Lillie’s 17.60m (57-9.00) is good for a tie for No. 5 with Oregon’s Ryan Hunter-Simms, and Kyle Long’s 16.81m (55-2.00) sits at No. 10.

YOUTH SUCCESS
After the so-called regular-season of the indoor schedule, ASU boasts top marks from nine freshmen or sophomores on the men’s and women’s teams.

On the men’s side, freshman Bernie Monotya ran 4:07.46 in the mile, redshirt sophomore Ryan Herson clocked in at 8:09.81 in the 3,000m, and sophomore Josh Dixon leads both the long jump and the triple jump with bests of 6.80m and 14.69m. Redshirt freshman Thomas Anderson’s 18.40m in the shot put also leads the Sun Devils.

For the women, sophomore Jasmine Gibbs leads the 60m dash at 7.42, while LaTroya Franklin’s 23.96 in the 200m also leads the Sun Devils. Sophomore Adriana Olivas clocked in at 17:09.48 in the 5,000m, freshman Micha Auzenne’s 60m hurdles time of 8.36 is a squad leader, as is Ashley Weber’s weight throw toss of 17.92m.

SUN DEVILS IN THE TOP-10
Seven weeks into the season, and 16 Sun Devils and one relay team have made their mark in the top-10 of the Arizona State indoor record books.

Ryan Milus’ season-opening time of 6.60(aa) ranks at No. 2 in the all-time 60m list, matching the time he also ran in 2012. On the women’s side, Jasmine Gibbs’ time of 7.46(aa) is tied for fifth with Tiffany Greer (2002), and Micha Auzenne’s time of 7.52 (aa) places her in ninth.

Also in the 60m dash, Tatum Benard-Taylor’s time of 6.63(aa) from the NAU Invite (Jan. 24) ranks at No. 4, tied with Vince Jones, who ran the same time in 1999.

On the women’s side of the 60m hurdles, Micha Auzenne’s time of 8.36(aa) remains at No. 7 all-time for the Maroon and Gold.

In LaTroya Franklin’s 200m dash time of 24.03 places her at No. 10 in the ASU all-time list, and Brianna Tate’s personal best in the 400m of 53.09 moved her from No. 6 to No. 3.

Shelby Houlihan broke her own school record in the mile, running an altitude adjusted 4:37.22 at the New Mexico Team Invite. Houlihan also set the school record in the 3,000m at 9:05.86 at the Husky Classic, breaking Lisa Aguilera’s record from 200.

Also at the New Mexico Team Invite, freshman Kala Stone ran 4:48.00 for seventh on the all-time list in the mile. Stone also broke the top-10 in the 800m at the Husky Classic, running 2:12.00 for No. 10 overall.

In the men’s mile, Bernie Montoya ran 4:07.46 at the Husky Classic for No. 10 in the ASU indoor book.

Jesus Rivera ran 1:52.00 in the 800m, good for eighth all-time, while In the women’s pole vault, Heather Arseneau’s career-best clearance of 4.21m remains at No. 3 all-time, surpassing her previous No. 3 mark of 4.17 from earlier this year.

Edmond Baker’s high jump mark of 2.08m is No. 10 overall, and ties with Deon Mayfield’s mark from 1984.

This season, ASU has two new entrants into the shout put top-10, with Alex Hartig’s mark of 15.51m placing her in 9th, while Thomas Anderson’s mark of 18.45m sets him in eighth for the men’s side.

Ashley Weber’s weight throw toss of 17.92m is the No. 8 mark in the record books, Jessika Byrd tossed a 17.15m to place her at No. 10, and Ryan Leslie’s new personal best of 17.85m moves him from No. 10 to No. 8.

In the men’s 4x400m relay, the team of Keith Cleveland, Devan Spann, Daveon Collins, and Will Henry ran 3:08.03 for No. 9 in the all-time book for the Sun Devils.

THE BOWERMAN WATCHLIST
The USTFCCCA continues to keep its eye on Anna Jelmini, naming her to the February edition of the Bowerman Watchlist. The NCAA Outdoor champion in the discus has been named to four Bowerman Watchlist, including this season’s preseason watchlist, a midseason list during her junior campaign, and she was also part of a list during her freshman year in 2011.

SAME TEAMMATE, DIFFERENT TEAM
As the season begins, there are 22 Sun Devils on the roster that were teammates before they came to Arizona State, up 17 from a season ago. CJ Albertson, Cody Brazeal, and Macy Bricks prepped at Buchanan High School in Clovis, Calif. (also the Alma mater of ASU great Kyle Alcorn), while Ginger Jarchow and Ryan Leslie went to high school at Centennial in Peoria, Ariz. Ryan Norton and Bernie Montoya ran together at Cibola HS in Yuma, Ariz., while six Sun Devils boast ties to Desert Vista High School in Phoenix (Heather Arsenau, Edmond Baker, Natalie Krafft, Sarah Lynde, Jenna Mack, and Shayla Simpson). Twins Blake and Kyle Elliott continue to run together at ASU after competing at Dobson High School, while Jack Balder and Miranda Kewley are recent graduates of Great Oak High School in Temecula, Calif., and Amber Pasternak and Ryan Milus competed at Hamilton HS (Chandler, Ariz.) at the same time. The Sun Devils have a trio of graduates from Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Alexander Harris, Bryan McBride, and Marcus Setoki.

KRAFT LEADS THE WAY
Head Coach Greg Kraft is entering his 18th year as the leader of the Sun Devil program, a tenure that has brought Arizona State back to the top of the standings in both the NCAA and Pac-12 events. Since his hiring, the program has continued to evolve into one of the more well rounded in the nation with strength on the track, in the field, and in cross country. Kraft and his staff have worked diligently to reach their goals of championships and success in education. His program has annually produced some of the top individuals in the nation with 26 of the program’s 59 individual and relay national titles won since 2004, while both his teams and individual student-athletes have garnered national academic acclaim. Prior to his arrival, the program boasted one NCAA Championship (Men’s Outdoor Track & Field, 1977) and one Pac-12 Championship (Men’s Outdoor Track & Field, 1981). In the last seven years, his Sun Devils have captured four national crowns (2007 Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, 2008 Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field) and added three Pac-12 Championships (Women’s Outdoor Track & Field, 2006-08). Kraft’s teams have finished in the Top 10 of the NCAA Track & Field Championships on 22 occasions in 16 years while the program had done so just 14 times prior to his arrival in Tempe.

LONG TENURE IN TEMPE
As he begins his 18th year at Arizona State, Greg Kraft’s tenure ranks as the second-longest in Sun Devil track & field history and the third-longest active streak among all current ASU head coaches. The only coach that has led the track & field program longer than Kraft is legendary coach Senon ‘Baldy’ Castillo, who led the way for 26 years (1954-79). Among current Sun Devil head coaches, Kraft’s 18th year ranks behind John Spini, who is in his 34th year with gymnastics and Sheila McInerney, who is in her 30th year with women’s tennis.

NEXT TIME OUT
Next week, the Sun Devils will take off before the national qualifiers make the trek to Albuquerque, N.M., for the NCAA Indoor Championships, on March 14-15 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

A LOOK BACK AT 2013
The Arizona State University track and field squad has wrapped up yet another successful season with both teams finishing in the top 30 at both the indoor and outdoor championships. ASU posted several conference champions and All-Americans, as well as three national champions and several school records. Jordan Clarke won his fourth NCAA Championship in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championships last year while Chelsea Cassulo and Anna Jelmini won the hammer and discus throw competitions, respectively, at the outdoor championships. 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.

 

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