Nov. 10, 2003
ON THE STARTING LINE
The Arizona State cross country teams will travel to Portland, Ore., Saturday for the 2003 NCAA West Region Championships. The men will compete in a 10,000m run at 11 a.m. while the women will run a 6,000m course at 12:15. Both races will be contested at Blue Lake Park in nearby Gresham, Ore.
THE 2003 NCAA WEST REGIONAL
Portland plays host to the 2003 NCAA West Region Championships this weekend with a berth in the 2003 NCAA Championships at stake. The Top 2 teams and Top 3 individuals not part of those teams gain automatic entry into the national meet. The NCAA will announce all at-large berths into the meet Nov. 17. For more information on the regional meet, visit www.PortlandPilots.com.
AMONG THE BEST IN THE REGION
According to the Nov. 4 national rankings, the Sun Devil women are the second-highest ranked team in the west while the men are fifth. Ahead of the No. 11 women is No. 1 Stanford. Also in the region are No. 15 UCLA and No. 23 UC Santa Barbara. In the men's rankings, No. 1 Stanford leads the way, followed by No. 12 Oregon, No. 15 Cal Poly SLO, No. 20 Washington, and ASU.
2002 NCAA WEST REGION IN REVIEW
The 2002 regional meet, held at Stanford, saw the women record a record low point total of 70 to place second while the men tallied 125 to take fifth. Individually, five women and two men earned All-Region honors by placing in the Top 25. They included Jessica Scalzo (8th), Amy Hastings (10th), Anna Masinelli (13th), Desiree Davila (18th) and Cody Sohn (23rd) on the women's side and J.J. Duke (11th) and Fasil Bizuneh (13th) for the men. The women's team earned an automatic berth into the national meet while both Duke and Bizuneh qualified.
The Sun Devils return to Portland, Ore., and the site of the 1999 West regional, this weekend. In 1999, the women placed third to earn a berth in their second national meet. The men made a larger impact on their history as they placed third with a school-record 92 points and advanced to their first appearance in the NCAA Championships.
HASTINGS IN SEARCH OF MORE GOLD
With her wins at the Dave Murray and Arizona State Invitationals, Amy Hastings became the first Sun Devil woman to win multiple races since Lynn Nelson set the record of four victories in 1983. In four races this season, Hastings has won twice and finished third and fourth. A win at the region would not only give her the second-most wins in a season in school history, but also would make her the second woman to win the meet (Lisa Aguilera, 2000).
By winning the Arizona State Invitational (10/18/03), the women secured their second team title of the year, marking the eighth time in history the Sun Devils have more than one team title. ASU won twice in 2001, 1999, 1993, 1992, 1990, 1982 and 1981.
On Oct. 7 and again on Oct. 13, the Sun Devil women were ranked No. 3 in the national polls, tying the mark for the highest ranking in program history. The women also attained the same rank on Sept. 27, 1999. With the No. 11 spot this week, the women have been ranked in 41 consecutive polls. The men also earned one of their highest rankings in program history this year as the Oct. 13 poll placed ASU at No. 12. Only one other time has the team been ranked higher: Oct. 19, 1999, when they were No. 9.
LAST TIME OUT
Prior to a week off from competition, the Sun Devil women and men placed second and fifth, respectively, at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships in Pullman, Wash. The women, who finished as the runners-up for the second year in a row, were led by the fourth-place finish of Amy Hastings. The men, a Top 5 placer as a team over the past six seasons, were paced by Aaron Aguayo's 18th place.
NEXT TIME OUT ...
Pending the outcome of the NCAA West Region Championships and a national berth, the Sun Devils will head to the NCAA Championships Monday, Nov. 24, in Waterloo, Iowa.