Nov. 16, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. - The 2005 cross country season comes to a close Monday for the Arizona State University program as both the women's and men's teams are set to compete in the 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships at the Wabash Valley Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The No. 21 Sun Devil men will compete in the 10,000m run at noon EST while the No. 5 women will follow with a 6,000m run starting at 1:15 p.m. EST.
National championships, both individual and team, will be on the line Monday at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the final race of the 2005 collegiate season. The Top 4 teams in the final standings will earn a trophy while the Top 25 individual runners to cross the finish line will be honored as All-Americans.
HOW THEY GOT THERE
The Sun Devil women earned an automatic berth into the national meet by placing second at the 2005 NCAA West Region Championships while the men earned one of 13 at-large selections after placing third at the regional meet. Prior to that, the women also placed second at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships with the men finishing fifth.
RUNNING IN THE HOOSIER STATE
Arizona State will be competing in the State of Indiana for the second time this season as the men and women both competed in the NCAA Pre-National Meet held at Indiana State Oct. 16. In that meet, the women tallied 96 points to finish second in the `white' race behind No. 2 Michigan while men took 17th place with 472 points in the `white' race. Individually, Amy Hastings finished sixth at 20:40 to pace the women while Casey Burchill finished 12th at 24:01 to lead the men.
In the final national rankings of the season, the women retained the No. 5 position they have held for much of the season while the men, who had not been in the Top 30 national polls for the past two releases, returns at No. 21 this week.
By finishing among the Top 25 at the NCAA West Region Championships, six women and two men attained All-West Region accolades. For the women, Amy Hastings (2nd), Victoria Jackson (7th), Anna Masinelli (10th), Jenna Kingma (13th), Rachel Ellison (16th) and Cassie Rios (22nd) each earned the regional honor while the men on the list were Casey Burchill (3rd) and Ryan Warrenburg (7th).
BURCHILL STRONG SHOWING
Senior Casey Burchill has made a surge in his recent meet appearances as he placed 15th at the Pac-10 Championships before finishing a remarkable third at the NCAA West Region Championships. The transfer from Colorado will be searching for his first All-American honor this week.
The Midwest is home to several members of the Sun Devil program with student-athletes hailing from areas in Kansas, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana. Ryan Warrenburg is the "local" product returning to his home state for the final cross country race of his collegiate career as the senior hails from Franklin, Ind., where he attended Franklin Community High School.
KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE
With their automatic berth into the national meet this week, the Sun Devil women continued their streak of consecutive appearances at the meet to eight years in a row while the men, who will make their fourth appearance at the national race, made program history by advancing to the meet in back-to-back seasons for the first time.
TOP FINISHES AT NATIONALS
The men will be looking to better their record finish at the NCAA meet of a year ago when they accumulated 315 points to finish eighth, their first Top 10 finish in program history. ASU's previous finishes included 20th in 2001 and 14th in 1999. On the women's side, the team will be chasing the record of sixth place set in 2000 and also will look to improve on their Top 10 finish last year when they placed ninth with 333 points.
Here is how the Sun Devils have finished at the NCAA Cross Country Championships:
Women (7 Appearances):
2004 - 9th (333 points)
2003 - 14th (406 points)
2002 - tied-23rd (549 points)
2001 - 23rd (554 points)
2000 - 6th (266 points)
1999 - 12th (385 points)
1998 - tied-23rd (534)
Men (3 Appearances):
2004 - 8th (315 points)
2001 - 20th (477 points)
1999 - 14th (391 points)
LOOK BACK: 2004 NCAA MEET
Last year, also in Terre Haute, the men finished eighth, their highest finish in program history, while the women took ninth as both teams entered the meet ranked seventh in the national polls. For the men, Aaron Aguayo earned All-America honors by placing 22nd while Amy Hastings equalled Aguayo's placement to attain her second All-America accolade.
PAC-10 MEET IN REVIEW
At the 2005 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships, the Sun Devil women captured second place for the fourth year in a row while the men finished fifth in the team meet. The women were led by Amy Hastings, who finished second in the overall race. ASU scored 40 points with Stanford winning its 10th title in a row with 34 points. The point total for the Sun Devil women is a school-record. On the men' side, Stanford won the title for the sixth time in a row while the ASU men scored 125 points to finish fifth. Ryan Warrenburg led the charge with his 11th-place finish.
In the women's race at the Pac-10 Championships, four Sun Devils place among the Top 10 and all five scoring positions finished in the Top 12. Amy Hastings finished second while Anna Masinelli was seventh, Jenna Kingma was ninth, Victoria Jackson was 10th and Rachel Ellison was 12th. Cassie Rios (21st), Corey Randall (26th), Angela Spadafino (36th) and Whitney Hardt (43rd) also finished among the Top 50 in the meet. ASU's final entrant, Brooke Bennett, did not finish the race after collapsing with 400m remaining.
The women captured their fourth title in seven tries at the Roy Griak Invitational, placing the 2005 championship trophy next to crowns won in 2003, 2001 and 1999. ASU also placed second in 2004 and 2002 and third in 2000. Amy Hastings' victory not only gave the Sun Devils at Top 4 finisher in each of the seven meets ASU has participated, it also marked the first victory at the meet for the women. Lisa Aguilera had been the closest to victory as she finished second on three occasions (1999, 2000 and 2001) while Hastings had placed third each of the past two seasons.
As the Sun Devil men finished fifth at the conference meet and third in the region, they did so without the services of a pair of their top runners in Aaron Aguayo (injury) and Kyle Alcorn (transfer). Despite that, the Sun Devils managed to place two athletes in the Top 15 as Ryan Warrenburg and Casey Burchill placed 11th and 15th, respectively, at the conference race while both men finished in the Top 7 at the regional.
BENNETT JOINS ELITE GROUP
Not only did Brooke Bennett win her second race of the season by capturing the title at the ASU Invitational Friday afternoon, she also became just the third different Sun Devil woman to record multiple victories in a season. Current teammate Amy Hastings has done so each of the past two seasons while Lynn Nelson was the first with four back in the 1983 campaign.
HASTINGS SET RECORD
Back in 1983, Lynn Nelson won four races for the Sun Devils and set the career victories mark for the program at four. Twenty-two years later, Amy Hastings rewrote the record as she captured the Roy Griak Invitational for the fifth win in her remarkable career. Hastings won the 2003 Dave Murray and Arizona State Invitational before capturing the 2004 Dave Murray and the 2004 Pac-10 Championship, the only Sun Devil to have ever captured the league crown.
The Sun Devil women set five records this season and have at least two more chances to add to that list. Here is what the women accomplished this year:
Brooke Bennett became just the third runner to win multiple races in one season as she captured titles at both the Dave Murray Invitational and ASU Invitational, joining Amy Hastings (2003 and 2004) and Lynn Nelson (1983) as the only runners to do so.
Bennett joined Jenna Wrieden (George Kyte Invitational), Hastings (Roy Griak Invitational) and Victoria Jackson (Canyon West Classic) to set the mark for individual wins in a season with five, breaking the previous best of four by Nelson in 1983.
The wins by four different runners also is a record (previous was 2).
Hastings' victory at the Roy Griak Invite was the fifth of her career, breaking a tie with Nelson at four.
ASU's point total (40) at the Pac-10 meet was a record for the women.
MEN GET RECORD AS WELL
With three team wins this season, the Sun Devil men established a program record, bettering the 1993 team that won twice: the Grand Canyon Invitational and the UNLV Invitational.
IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE
Individual women's races were not the only victories recorded by the Sun Devils this season as the women's team captured one title and the men took home three team trophies. The women captured the Roy Griak Invitational while the men were victorious at the George Kyte Invitational, the ASU Invitational and the Canyon West Classic.
A FAMILY AFFAIR
Over the past four seasons, the men's roster has had a Duke on it and this year, that will remain true as J.J. Duke returns for his senior season. This year, however, the women's roster also will include a Duke as Krystal Duke, J.J.'s sister, joins the Sun Devils.
LOUIE THE LEADER
Louie Quintana returns to the helm of the Sun Devil cross country program for his second season following one of the most successful seasons in program history. Not only did Quintana guide Amy Hastings to the program's first conference title in cross country, he also put together men's and women's teams that placed second in the Pac-10 and second in the NCAA West Region before earning berths into the NCAA Championships. At the national meet, Quintana's men took eighth and the women ninth as each team also produced one All-American each.
A pair of runners attained All-America honors last season at the NCAA Championships, held Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind. Both Amy Hastings and Aaron Aguayo finished 22nd overall in their respective races to earn the national accolade while pacing their squads to ninth and eighth place team finishes, respectively, at the national meet. Hastings earned her second All-America honor in cross country in as many seasons while Aguayo captured his first.
IN THE CHUTE
This is the final meet of the cross country season for the Sun Devils. They will now turn their attention to the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons that are set to start in January and March, respectively.