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ASU T&F Sweeps Second At MPSF Indoor Meet
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 03/01/2014
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SEATTLE, Wash.—The Arizona State track and field teams finished second at the MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at the University of Washington’s Dempsey Indoor.

The men’s team finished with 93 points, behind California’s total of 96, and the women’s team grabbed 81 points behind USC’s 106. This marks the second consecutive year the women’s team placed second at the MPSF meet.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” head coach Greg Kraft said. “We’ve set our expectations for championships, so being runner-up twice isn’t what we aspire to. At the same time, we swept the Territorial Cup points for the indoor season, and that’s always good, boosting our department’s lead from one point to three.”

In the Territorial Cup race, the ASU extends its lead over Arizona, whose men’s team placed fifth and women’s team placed third, 6.5 points to 3.5.

The Sun Devils picked up MPSF titles in four events, with Shelby Houlihan defending her title in the mile, the women’s 4x400m relay team coming back to win with a season-best time, Ryan Milus winning both the 60m and 200m races.

ASU also picked up runner-up performances in the women’s long jump, the women’s shot put, the men’s 200m dash, the men’s 400m dash, and the men’s 4x400m relay.

“Ryan Milus continues to impress, Shelby Houlihan obviously was very good, and Brianna Tate had an outstanding weekend,” Kraft said. “We’re making progress and the one thing about track and field is that our season is nine months long. You have to be persistent and relentless, and I think that’s the personality that we have, so we’ll continue to do that.”

Up next, the athletes who qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships will travel to the meet on March 14-15 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M. The rest of the squad will turn their focus to the 2014 outdoor slate, which is set to begin March 21-22 in Tempe as ASU hosts the Baldy Castillo Invitational.

“We’re going to go in undermanned on the men’s side,” Kraft said. “On the women’s side, Anna Jelmini’s very capable as is Shelby Houlihan, so you really get a premium on big points. We’ll just have to see on Monday who’s in the meet and we’ll get a better idea of what our team will look like.”

Men’s Recap
Redshirt senior Ryan Milus picked up his second individual title of the meet as he won the 60m dash at 6.62, adding to his win in the 200m on Friday, which was a personal best 21.29.

“Ryan Milus and I have been working together for five years and I’ve always thought he has a wealth of talent,” sprints coach Ronnie Williams said. “The plan all year was that we weren’t going to run him in the 200m until this meet and for him to open up and win a conference championship and run a personal best really shows the hard work and commitment he’s made in the 26 weeks of training. It’s exciting and I think gives him a lot of confidence going into the 60m and through to outdoors.”

Also in the 60m, freshman Tatum Benard-Taylor took third at 6.77, and redshirt junior Devan Spann finished in fifth at 6.83, totaling 20 points for the Sun Devils.

The Sun Devils went 2-3 in the 400m dash, with senior Will Henry running 47.15 in the opening heat for second and senior Keith Cleveland running 47.30, a season best, for third and a total of 14 team points.

Redshirt sophomore Ryan Herson scored a point with his eighth-place finish in the 3000m run, where he ran a personal best 8:02.42. Herson’s previous best was 8:09.81 from the Husky Classic on Feb. 14.

Junior Cameron Taylor scored five points in the 60m hurdles, running 7.99 in the finals for his first sub-eight second time of the season.

The 4x400m relay team of Cleveland, Spann, Armstrong, and Henry took second at 3:08.63 for eight points, marking the No. 2 time this season.

ASU picked up a point in the triple jump from sophomore Josh Dixon, who jumped 14.81m (48-7.25).

Redshirt freshman Thomas Anderson placed fourth in the shot put at 18.32m (60-1.25) for five points while redshirt junior Kyle Lillie added two more in his seventh-place finish at 17.35m (56-11.25).

Women’s Recap
Junior Shelby Houlihan defended her mile title with a win at 4:38.45, and Kala Stone added one more team point with her finish at 4:47.55, a new personal best.

“Shelby’s mile today was a dry run in competing for the national championship,” women’s distance coach Ryan Cole said. “Last year she led wire to wire, this year we didn’t want to assume the lead, we wanted to be able to stay relaxed, then squeeze down at the end and have a strong finish. We got a good run for nationals, and we’re just working on learning how to win races regardless of how they play out.”

The 4x400m relay team of junior Sara McDonald, senior Sarah Geren, freshman LaTroya Franklin, and junior Brianna Tate edged past USC at 3:35.78, the best time of the season. The Sun Devils came back from third place in the race from a strong leg from Franklin before Tate ran the anchor leg and gave ASU the lead of nearly two seconds.

“One of the things our program is based on is that we always try to end a championship meet with a great 4x400m relay,” Williams said. “In this instance, we were trying to get a qualifying mark for nationals, but more importantly we wanted to be conference champions and finish off the meet on a high note. They went out there and really ran tough for the team to bring home the win.”

In the 60m finals, senior Asiah Gooden placed third at 7.44 and sophomore Jasmine Gibbs ran 7.51 for fifth, the duo combining for 10 team points.

Tate’s 400m dash time of 53.08 from the opening of 11 heats held for third place, while Geren ran 58.47 for 10th overall and McDonald placed 12th at 55.06.

Sophomore Adriana Olivas won her heat of the 3000m at 9:43.25 for 17th overall, while junior Payton Schutte took 15th at 9:40.19.

Complete Team Results
1 USC – 106
2 Arizona State – 81
3 Arizona – 75
4 Oregon – 66.50
5 Stanford – 63.50
6 UCLA – 43
7 California – 38
7 BYU – 38
9 Colorado -29
10 Washington State – 28.50
11 Washington – 28
12 Utah – 26
13 Cal State Northridge – 14.50
14 UC Irvine – 8
15 Cal State Fullerton – 7
16 Hawaii – 5
17 Long Beach State -3

1 California – 96
2 Arizona State – 93
3 Oregon – 88.50
4 UCLA – 75.50
5 Arizona – 66
6 Stanford – 59
7 Washington – 50
8 Washington State – 49.50
9 BYU – 37
10 Colorado – 32
11 Long Beach State – 8.50
12 Cal State Northridge – 4

Arizona State Results
Women’s 60m Finals
3 Asiah Gooden – 7.44 (6 team points)
5 Jasmine Gibbs – 7.51 (4 team points)

Women’s 400m Dash
3 Brianna Tate – 53.08 (6 team points)
10 Sarah Geren – 54.87
12 Sara McDonald – 55.06

Women’s Mile
1 Shelby Houlihan – 4:38.45 (10 team points)
8 Kala Stone – 4:47.55 (1 team point)
22 Chelsey Totten – 4:57.19
29 Chiara Warner – 5:03.73

Women’s 3000m Run
15 Payton Schutte – 9:40.19
17 Adriana Olivas – 9:43.25

Women’s 60m Hurdles Finals
8 Micha Auzenne – 9.14 (1 team point)

Women’s 4x400m Relay
1 (Sara McDonald, Sarah Geren, LaTroya Franklin, Brianna Tate) – 3:35.78 (10 team points)

Women’s Shot Put
2 Anna Jelmini – 16.92m (55-6.25) (8 team points)
5 Alex Hartig – 15.30m (50-2.50) (4 team points)
6 Ashley Weber – 14.99m (49-2.25) (3 team points)

Men’s 60m Finals
1 Ryan Milus – 6.62 (10 team points)
3 Tatum Benard-Taylor – 6.77 (6 team points)
5 Devan Spann – 6.83 (4 team points)

Men’s 400m Dash
2 William Henry – 47.15 (8 team points)
3 Keith Cleveland – 47.30 (6 team points)

Men’s 800m Run
13 Tommy Williams – 1:54.17

Men’s Mile Run
13 Bernie Montoya – 4:08.55

Men’s 3000m Run
8 Ryan Herson – 8:02.42 (1 team point)
25 CJ Albertson – 8:18.46
29 Garrett Baker-Slama – 8:20.13
30 Daniel Wong – 8:20.96

Men’s 60m Hurdles
4 Cameron Taylor – 7.99 (5 team points)

Men’s 4x400m Relay
2 (Keith Cleveland, Devan Spann, Trae Armstrong, and Will Henry)– 3:08.63 (8 team points)

Men’s High Jump
12 Edmond Baker – 1.96m (6-5.00)

Men’s Triple Jump
8 Josh Dixon – 14.81m (48-7.25) (1 team point)

Men’s Shot Put
4 Thomas Anderson – 18.32m (60-1.25) (5 team points)
7 Kyle Lillie – 17.35m (56-11.25) (2 team points)
9 Nathan Estes – 16.91m (55-5.75)

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