TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University track and field is set for its second home track meet of the season, the ASU Invite, on Friday and Saturday at Sun Angel Stadium.
Joining the Sun Devils this weekend in Tempe are Adams State, Arizona, Illinois (Women), Iowa, Nebraska, Manhattan, South Dakota State, Utah (Women).
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MEET INFO-ASU Invitational
The Sun Devils, ranked at No. 22 on the men’s side and No. 21 on the women’s side, will face a field of ranked teams this weekend, as Arizona’s men and women’s teams are ranked at No. 16 and No. 9, respectively, and Nebraska’s men’s team is ranked at No. 11.
A season ago, the Sun Devils picked up wins in 10 events, including Shelby Houlihan’s run in the 800m, while former Sun Devil Chelsea Cassulo set a school record in the hammer throw.
MEET EVENT BREAKDOWN
Arizona State Invite (All Times PT)
Friday, March 28
1:00 PM Hammer
Ryan Leslie, Kyle Lillie, Kyle Long
Jessika Byrd, Ginger Jarchow, Ashley Weber
5:00 PM Javelin
Kaitlyn Brace, Kelley Cahill, Alex Hartig
Saturday, March 29, 2014
9:00 AM Discus
Thomas Anderson, Nathan Estes, Kyle Long, Michael Ohakwe
Alex Hartig, Ginger Jarchow, Anna Jelmin
11:00 AM Pole Vault
Heather Arseneau, Andrea Kemmerrer, Linda Kuenzi, Amber Pasternak, Shaylah Simpson, Kelli Gibson
Dylan Austin, Tanner Greeley, Derick Hinch, Dillon Groener, Chris Manuele
11:00 AM Long Jump
Jasmine Gibbs, Alycia Herring
Jordan Benesh, Josh Dixon, Bryan McBride
11:00 AM High Jump
Edmond Baker, Bryan McBride
12:15 PM Shot Put
Nathan Estes, Kyle Lillie, Kyle Long, Michael Ohakwe, Thomas Anderson
Alex Hartig, Ashley Weber
1:00 PM Triple Jump
Jordan Bensh, Josh Dixon
RUNNING EVENTS (Men followed by Women)
11:05 AM 100m Hurdles Women (2 Heats)
11:15 AM 110m High Hurdles Men (2 Heats)
11:35 AM Men’s 1,500m (1 Heat – Section 1)
Kevin Rayes, Garrett Seawell, Ryan Herson, Tommy Williams, Noah Kenyawani, Bernie Montoya
11:43 AM Women’s 1,500m (1 Heat – Section 1)
Macy Bricks, Shaina Corbin, Chelsey Totten
11:52 AM Men’s 4x100m Relay (1 Heat)
Tatum Benard-Taylor, Will Henry, Devan Spann, Ryan Milus, Keith Cleveland, Daveon Collins
11:57 AM Women’s 4 x 100m Relay (1 Heat)
Asiah Gooden, Brianna Tate, Alycia Herring, LaTroya Franklin, Sara McDonald
12:05 PM Men’s 3000m Steeplechase (1 Heat)
12:35 PM Women’s 400m Dash (2 Heats)
Asiah Gooden, LaTroya Franklin
12:43 PM Men’s 100m Dash (3 Heats)
Ryan Milus, Tatum Benard-Taylor, Keith Cleveland, Marcus Setoki
12:55 PM Women’s 100m Dash (3 Heats)
Brianna Tate, Jasmine Gibbs, Sara McDonald, Alycia Herring
1:07 PM Men’s 800m Run (2 Heats)
Jesus Rivera, Michael Julian, Blake Elliott, Kyle Elliott, Trevor Landry
1:17 PM Women’s 800m Run (2 Heats – Section 1 & 2)
Shelby Houlihan, Payton Schutte, Kala Stone, Mia Townsend
1:30 PM Men’s 400m Hurdles (2 Heats)
1:40 PM Women’s 400m Hurdles (2 Heat)
Sarah Geren, Kiera Bulluck
1:53 PM Men’s 200m Dash (3 Heats)
Ryan Milus, Marcus Setoki, Keith Cleveland, Devan Spann, Will Henry
2:05 PM Women’s 200m Dash (3 Heats)
Brianna Tate, Jasmine Gibbs, Sara McDonald, Micha Auzenne, Asiah Gooden, Alycia Herring, LaTroya Franklin
2:41 PM Men’s 4x400m Relay (1 Heat)
ASU ‘A’: Keith Cleveland, Devan Spann, Daveon Collins, Will Henry
ASU ‘B’: Cody Moore, Cameron Taylor, Blake Elliott, Kyle Elliott
2:48 PM Women’s 4x400m Relay (2 Heats)
ASU ‘A’: Sara McDonald, LaTroya Franklin, Sarah Geren, Brianna Tate, Asiah Gooden, Kiera Bulluck
ASU ‘B’: Kala Stone, Shelby Houlihan, Payton Schutte, Mia Townsend
LAST TIME OUT
The Sun Devils opened the 2014 outdoor season at home, hosting the Baldy Castillo Invitational last week.
Cameron Taylor jumped into the record book in the 110m hurdles with his winning time of 14.04, which sits at No. 8 all-time.
ASU went 1-2-3-4 in the 100m dash, led by Devan Spann’s 10.37. Keith Cleveland came in second at 10.61, Will Henry in third at 10.77, and Marcus Setoki in fourth at 10.79.
Spann and Cleveland also went 1-2 in the 200m dash, at 21.08 and 21.22, respectively, while Setoki took third at 21.68.
Ashley Weber won the shot put with her final throw of the day coming in at 14.39m (47-2.50).
Bryan McBride made his 2014 debut with a win in the high jump as he cleared 2.14m (7-0.25), also used his second of two long jump attempts to take third at 7.38m (24-2.50).
The Sun Devils used a strong anchor leg from Keith Cleveland in the 4x100m relay to win at 40.08. Trae Armstrong led off, passing to Will Henry, who passed to Devan Spann.
In the women’s hammer, Jessika Byrd finished second with a best toss of 61.10m (200-05), while Ashley Weber placed seventh at 55.36m (181-07), and Ginger Jarchow took 10th at 49.73m (163-02).
WEST REGION RANKINGS
The top-48 athletes in the west region will qualify for the NCAA Championship Preliminaries, May 29-31, in Fayetteville, Ark.
The men’s team has 31 marks and two relays ranked in the top-50 in the west, while the women’s team has 23 marks and both its relays ranked. See page 8-9 in the notes PDF for a complete rundown.
The Sun Devils returned to the USTFCCCA computer rankings with the release of this week’s preseason poll. The ASU men sit at No. 22 while the women’s team is at No. 21.
THE OUTDOOR RECORD BOOK
ASU track and field saw five new entrants to the outdoor records books after the first weekend of competition.
Alex Hartig’s javelin personal best of 45.74m moved her up from No. 5 to No. 3, behind the 2008 marks from Jacquelyn Johnson’s 2008 at 48.58m and Addison McGrath’s at 46.77m.
In the women’s hammer, Jessika Byrd jumped into the books with her toss of 61.10m, good for No. 5 all-time, while Ashley Weber’s throw of 55.46m is good for No. 10 overall.
On the men’s side, Cameron Taylor’s 110m hurdles time of 14.04 sits in a tie at No. 8 with Fair Hooker’s 13.8y time from 1968.
Ryan Leslie’s hammer throw of 58.20m enters the record books at No. 10 all-time.
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
In two weeks, the Sun Devils will wrap up the home slate, hosting the Sun Angel Track Classic on April 10-12 at Sun Angel Stadium.