HOME MEET INFO
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University track and field teams will compete at home one last time as it hosts the 35th Sun Angel Track Classic, Thursday through Saturday, at Sun Angel Stadium.
Joining the Sun Devils this weekend in Tempe are Boise State, Cal State East Bay, DePaul, Northern Arizona, Penn State, Minnesota (Men), Texas A&M, UC Davis, UC Riverside, and UC San Diego.
Thursday’s portion of the event will feature over 1500 high school athletes competing at Sun Angel Stadium. A complete schedule of events is available on pages 8-9 of the attached meet notes.
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MEET INFO-Sun Angel Track Classic
The Sun Devils, unranked on the men’s side and No. 21 on the women’s side, will face a challenging field this weekend, as the No. 1 women’s team in the country, Texas A&M, will be in Tempe. The Aggie men’s team is ranked at No. 4. Also ranked are Penn State’s women at No. 14 and its men at No. 20.
A season ago, Shelby Houlihan broke the school record in the 1500m with a time of 4:13.64, breaking Priscilla Hein’s time of 4:17.98, which had stood since 1999. Also for the Sun Devils, Anna Jelmini finished as the top collegiate discus competitor with a mark of 59.16m.
On the men’s side, Ryan Milus won the 100m dash with a mark of 10.29 while Devan Spann set a career best in his fourth-place finish at the 200m dash.
MEET EVENT BREAKDOWN
35th Sun Angel Classic
ASU Competitors (By EVENT)
Women: Micha Auzenne, LaTroya Franklin, Jasmine Gibbs, Asiah Gooden
Men: Tatum Benard-Taylor, Ryan Milus, Marcus Setoki, Devan Spann
Women: Micha Auzenne, LaTroya Franklin, Jasmine Gibbs, Asiah Gooden
Men: Tatum Benard-Taylor, Daveon Collins, Ryan Milus, Marcus Setoki, Devan Spann
Women: Sara McDonald, Brianna Tate
Men: Keith Cleveland, Will Henry
Women: Kala Stone, Mia Townsend
Men: Blake Elliott, Kyle Elliott, Michael Julian, Trevor Landry, Jesus Rivera, Tommy Williams
Women: Shelby Houlihan, Payton Schutte, Kala Stone, Chelsey Totten
Men: Cody Brazeal, Ryan Herson, Noah Kenyawani, Bernie Monotya, Kevin Rayes, Garrett Seawell, Tommy Williams, Daniel Wong
Women: Macy Bricks, Shaina Corbin
Women: Micha Auzenne
Men: Cameron Taylor
Women: Kiera Bulluck, Sarah Geren
Men: Cody Moore
Women: Kayla Springford
Men: CJ Albertson
Women: Asiah Gooden, Brianna Tate, Alycia Herring, LaTroya Franklin
Men: Tatum Benard-Taylor, Daveon Collins, Devan Spann, Ryan Milus
Women’s ‘A’: Sara McDonald, LaTroya Franklin, Sarah Geren, Brianna Tate
Women’s ‘B’: Alycia Herring, Asiah Gooden, Jasmine Gibbs, KIera Bulluck
Men’s ‘A’: Keith Cleveland, Devan Spann, Daveon Collins, Will Henry
Men’s ‘B’: Blake Elliott, Jesus Rivera, Kyle Elliott, Trevor Landry
Men: Edmond Baker, Bryan McBride
Women: Heather Arseneau, Kelli Gibson, Andrea Kemmerrer, Linda Kuenzi, Amber Pasternak, Shaylah Simpson
Men: Dylan Austin, Tanner Greeley, Dillon Groener, Derick Hinch, Chris Manuele
Women: Jasmine Gibbs, Alycia Herring, Kira Moreland
Men: Jordan Benesh, Josh Dixon, Bryan McBride
Women: Kira Moreland
Men: Jordan Benesh, Josh Dixon
Women: Ashley Weber
Men: Nathan Estes, Kyle Lillie, Kyle Long
Women: Alex Hartig, Ginger Jarchow, Anna Jelmini
Men: Nathan Estes, Kyle Long, Michael Ohakwe
Women: Jessika Byrd, Ginger Jarchow, Ashley Weber
Men: Ryan Leslie, Kyle Lillie, Kyle Long
Women: Kaitlyn Brace, Kelley Cahill, Alex Hartig
LAST TIME OUT
The majority of the Sun Devils took the week off, with four distance runners competing at the Stanford Invite last weekend.
Steven Schnieders and Daniel Wong each set personal bests in the 3000m Steeplechase with times of 8:56.05 and 8:56.59, respectively.
Garrett Baker-Slama finished in 11th in the third section at 9:02.07.
On the women’s side, Adriana Olivas finished fourth in the second section of the 10,000m at 33:55.75. Her time is No. 5 in the ASU all-time performance list.
Jeff Bickert also ran the 10,000m, at San Francisco State’s Distance Carnival, finishing 16th overall at 30:50.25.
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 25 marks and two relays ranked in the top-50 in the west, while the women’s team has 18 marks and both its relays ranked. See page 10-11 in the attached notes PDF for a complete rundown.
In this week’s USTFCCA rankings, the men are unranked while the women’s team remains at No. 21.
THE OUTDOOR RECORD BOOK
ASU track and field saw seven new entrants to the outdoor records books after the three weekends of competition.
Adriana Olivas’ 10,000m run time of 33:55.75 from the Stanford Invite is the new No. 5 time in the ASU record book.
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
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.