TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University track and field teams will open the 2014 outdoor slate at home this week, hosting the Baldy Castillo Invitational at the Sun Angel Stadium.
Joining the Sun Devils this weekend in Tempe are Air Force, Georgia, Iowa State, Kennesaw State, Kentucky, Long Beach State, Minnesota (Men), North Dakota State, and Oklahoma.
The meet marks the first of three ASU will host this season, along with next week’s ASU Invite, March 28-29, and the Sun Angel Track Classic on April 10-12.
Follow @sundeviltfxc on Twitter for updates throughout the meet.
MEET EVENT BREAKDOWN
Baldy Castillo Invite (All Times PT)
Friday, March 21
1:00pm Hammer (Men followed by Women)
Ryan Leslie, Kyle Lillie, Kyle Long
Jessika Byrd, Ginger Jarchow, Ashley Weber
7:30pm 1500m Men
CJ Albertson, Garrett Baker-Slama, Jeff Bickert, Ryan Herson, Bernie Montoya, Daniel Wong, Tommy Williams, Garrett Seawell, Kevin Rayes, Noah Kenyawani, Jesus Rivera
7:50pm 1500m Women
Shaina Corbin, Macy Bricks, Shelby Houlihan, Adriana Olivas, Payton Schutte, Kala Stone, Chelsey Totten
Saturday, March 22 (All Times PT)
10:00am Discus (Men  followed by Women )
Thomas Anderson, Nathan Estes, Kyle Long, Michael Ohakwe
Alex Hartig, Ginger Jarchow
11:00am Women’s Long Jump 
Jasmine Gibbs, Alycia Herring
12:00pm Men’s Long Jump 
Jordan Benesh, Josh Dixon, Bryan McBride
12:00pm High Jump (Men  followed by Women )
Edmond Baker, Bryan McBride
12:00pm Pole Vault (Women  followed by Men )
Heather Arseneau, Andrea Kemmerrer, Linda Kuenzi, Amber Pasternak, Kelli Gibson, Shaylah Simpson
Dylan Austin, Tanner Greeley, Dillon Groener, Derick Hinch, Chris Manuele
2:00pm Javelin (Men  followed by Women )
Kaitlyn Brace, Kelley Cahill, Alex Hartig
2:00pm Shot Put (Men  followed by Women )
Thomas Anderson, Nathan Estes, Kyle Lillie, Kyle Long, Michael Ohakwe
Alex Hartig, Ashley Weber
2:30pm Triple Jump (Men  West Pit & Women  East Pit)
Jordan Benesh, Josh Dixon
1:00pm Women’s 100m Hurdles (2 Heats)
1:15pm Men’s 110m Hurdles (3 Heats)
1:30pm Men’s 2K Steeplechase (1 Heat)
Steven Schnieders, CJ Albertson, Daniel Wong
1:45pm Women’s 2K Steeplechase (1 Heat)
2:00pm Men’s 4x100m Relay (1 Heat)
Trae Armstrong, Will Henry, Devan Spann, Keith Cleveland
2:05pm Women’s 4x100m Relay (1 Heat)
Jasmine Gibbs, Alycia Herring, Asiah Gooden, LaTroya Franklin
2:10pm Men’s 400m (3 Heats)
2:25pm Women’s 400m (1 Heat)
Asiah Gooden, LaTroya Franklin
2:35pm Men’s 100m (2 Heats)
Marcus Setoki, Devan Spann, Will Henry, Keith Cleveland
2:43pm Women’s 100m (2 Heats)
Sara MCdonald, Brianna Tate, Jasmine Gibbs
2:50pm Men’s 800m (3 Heats)
Blake Elliott, Kyle Elliott, Michael Julian, Trevor Landry, Jesus Rivera, Noah Kenyawani, Bernie Montoya, Kevin Rayes, Tommy Williams, Daniel Wong
3:05pm Women’s 800m (1 Heat)
Kala Stone, Payton Schutte, Chelsey Totten, Mia Townsend
3:10pm Men’s 400m Hurdles (3 Heats)
3:25pm Women’s 400m Hurdles (1 Heat)
Sarah Geren, Kiera Bulluck
3:35pm Men’s 200m (3 Heats)
Marcus Setoki, Devan Spann, Will Henry, Keith Cleveland, Trae Armstrong
3:45pm Women’s 200m (4 Heats)
Sara McDonald, Brianna Tate, Jasmine Gibbs, Asiah Gooden, LaTroya Franklin, Alycia Herring, Micha Auzenne
4:25pm Women’s 3,000m (1 Heat)
4:40pm Men’s 4x400m Relay (2 Heats)
Trae Armstrong, Keith Cleveland, Will Henry, Devan Spann, Cameron Taylor, Cody Moore
4:50pm Women’s 4x400m Relay (1 Heat)
Sara McDonald, Alycia Herring, Asiah Gooden, Brianna Tate, Sarah Geren, Kiera Bulluck
LAST TIME OUT
The Sun Devils wrapped the indoor portion of 2014 with the trio of Ryan Milus, Shelby Houlihan, and Anna Jelmini earning first-team All-America honors for their performances at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.
Milus finished second in the 60m dash with a personal best time of 6.59, while Houlihan took third in the mile at 4:33.04, and Jelmini took seventh in the shot put at 16.82m (55-2.25).
Also for the Sun Devils, freshman Tatum Benard-Taylor earned second-team All-America honors in the 60m, and Houlihan picked up second-team honors for her performance in the 3,000m run.
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 continue its home slate, hosting the ASU Invite on March 28-29. The Pac-12 Networks is set to televise the Saturday portion of the meet.