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    In recognition of Black History Month, we would like to acknowledge another Sun Devil who not only shaped history at ASU, but truly impacted the "world" of sport. Herman Frazier competed for ASU during the mid '70s. While at ASU, Herman was an 8 time All American, and served as the team captain for the 1977 NCAA National Champion Sun Devil track team. He was the anchor for the 1977 4 X 400 collegiate record setting team and also won the 400 meter individual NCAA National Championship. Herman completed his degree in political science while at ASU.

    As an OLYMPIAN:
    Herman won two gold medals in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. He won Gold as the leadoff runner on the 4 X 400 relay and took the Bronze medal as the third fastest man in the world in the 400 meters.

    Herman served 23 years with ASU as athletic administrator rising to the position of Senior Associate Athletic Director. In 2000 Herman became the Director of Athletics for Alabama Birmingham and in 2002 became Director of Athletics for the University of Hawaii. While leading Hawaii athletics, their football program experienced their best season ever in 2008 culminating in an undefeated record and a Sugar Bowl appearance. Herman currently is in his third year as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Administration at Temple University.

    Herman has continued his association with the Olympics, serving on various committees since 1980. During the 2004 games in Athens, Greece, he was selected as the Chef De Mission (the Chief executive officer) for the entire U.S. Delegation. He has also served two terms as Vice President of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

    ? Named one of the Top 100 Athletes of All-Time by the NCAA in 2006
    ? Named one of the Top 101 Minorities in Sports by Sports Illustrated (2003,2004)
    ? Named one of the 100 Most Influential Persons in Sports in the U.S. by the Sporting news in 1998.
    ? 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award by Arizona State for his work with the University and his involvement with other sports groups throughout the years.

    NCAA Track & Field Championships

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    Action is underway at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., where the Sun Devil Track & Field program has 14 student-athletes competing for national titles and All-America honors. To follow along, here are several links (all are available here as well: link)

    Live Results (via FlashResults)

    Live Streaming Video (via the NCAA)

    Live Chat with track & field SID Alex Ryan (via Cover It Live)

    ASU NCAA Championship Note

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    As we head down the home stretch of the 2009-10 athletic year at Arizona
    State University we still have five teams competing for national
    championships (baseball, softball, men's and women's track and field and
    men's golf).  I thought this note might be some of interest to you.

    During the modern era of NCAA-recognized National Championships, ASU has won
    22 national titles in eight sports.  They are:

    Baseball -- 5
    Men's Gymnastics -- 1
    Women's Track & Field -- 3
    Men's Track & Field -- 2
    Wrestling -- 1
    Men's Golf -- 2
    Women's Golf -- 7
    Softball -- 1

    This is the fifth-most total in the Pacific-10 Conference:  UCLA (105);
    Stanford (99); USC (90); Cal (28); ASU (22); Arizona (17); Oregon (16);
    Washington (6); Oregon State (3) and Washington State (2).

    During Lisa Love's tenure as Vice President for Athletics at ASU, the Sun
    Devils have won six NCAA National Championships (three in women's track &
    field and one each in men's track & field, women's golf and softball).  So
    27.2 percent (six of 22) of ASU's NCAA-recognized National Championships
    have come under the leadership of Lisa as VP for Athletics.

    This list does not include the AIAW national titles that many of ASU's
    sports teams won in the 1960's and 1970's, nor does it include the badminton
    and archery titles that the NCAA never did recognize.

    Ryan Whiting Sets One Record; Pursuing Another

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    Ryan Whiting has put together one solid season so far in 2010. The collegiate leader in the shot put and the second-ranked man in the world in the shot put, Whiting won the event at the Tucson Elite Throws Classic in Tucson on Thursday night with a toss of 21.53m (70-07.75). While Whiting remained undefeated in the outdoor shot put with the win, he also accomplished something that has not been done before.

    The researchers at Track & Field News passed along some information on their web site the other day (see updated link here) that showed Whiting among some elite company. Heading into Thursday's competition, Whiting was tied with John Brenner of UCLA (1984) and Janus Robberts of SMU (2001) with the most meets in a season in which they recorded a mark of 70-feet or better with all three men having done so four times in their respective years. With his winning mark on Thursday, Whiting broke that tie with his fifth, 70-foot competition of the year with three more meets to go.

    On a career level, Whiting now has recorded a 70-foot toss in seven competitions, which also is a record that he had held with Robberts prior to Thursday.

    A three-time indoor and the defending outdoor NCAA champion, Whiting will compete in the second section of the Tucson meet on Saturday night (8:30 p.m. at Drachman Stadium on the UA campus) where he will not only look to add to his 70-foot haul, but also challenge the collegiate record of 22.00m (72-02.25) that John Godina (UCLA) set in 1995.

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