TEMPE, Ariz. -The Arizona State University track and field teams will split up for the first time this season, with the throwers and pole vaulters traveling to the Mountain T Invitational in Flagstaff while the sprinters and distance runners will travel to College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational, Feb. 7-8.
The Sun Devil’s track and field twitter account @SunDevilTFXC will post updates and results throughout the meets, along with information regarding live results.
MEET DETAILS-TEXAS A&M AGGIE INVITATIONAL
ASU joins host Texas A&M, Baylor, Houston, LSU, TCU, Tennessee, UCLA, and UTEP this weekend at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
ASU (Men-No. 12, Women-No.23), Texas A&M (Men-No. 4, Women-No. 3), and Baylor (Men-No. 24, Women’s No.21) are the only teams with both their men’s and women’s teams ranked in this week’s USTFCCCA Top-25.
Houston’s men’s team is ranked at No. 23, the LSU men are ranked at No. 9, UTEP’s men are ranked at No. 13, and the UCLA women are ranked at No. 9.
Per Texas A&M’s schedule, Saturday’s competition is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. CT with the women’s 60m hurdles.
MEET EVENT BREAKDOWN
Texas A&M Aggie Invitational
Saturday, Feb. 8 (All Times CT)
Women’s 60m Hurdles Prelims (12:30 p.m.)
Women’s 60m Dash Prelims (12:50 p.m.)
Men’s 60m Dash Prelims (12:55 p.m.)
Ryan Milus, Devan Spann, Marcus Setoki
Men’s 3,000m Run (2:15 p.m.)
Garrett Baker-Slama, Steven Schnieders, Daniel Wong
Women’s 400m Dash (2:55 p.m.)
Brianna Tate, Sara McDonald
Men’s 400m Dash (3:05 p.m.)
Will Henry, Keith Cleveland
Women’s 200m Dash (4:05 p.m.)
Alyca Herring, LaTroya Franklin
Men’s 200m Dash (4:20 p.m.)
Trae Armstrong, Marcus Setoki
Men’s Mile (4:43 p.m.)
CJ Albertson, Kevin Rayes, Tommy Williams
Women’s 4x400m Relay (4:55 p.m.)
Sara McDonald, Alycia Herring, Sarah Geren, Brianna Tate, LaTroya Franklin
Men’s 4x400m Relay (5:10 p.m.)
Keith Cleveland, Devan Spann, Trae Armstrong, Will Henry, Daveon Collins)
MEET DETAILS-MOUNTAIN T INVITATIONAL
Joining the Sun Devils at the Walkup Skydome this weekend are host Northern Arizona, Grand Canyon, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, Arizona, Southern Utah, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Asuza Pacific, and Concordia.
ASU and Arizona are the only two squads competing that are also ranked in the USTFCCCA Top-25.
Per Northern Arizona’s schedule, Friday’s competition will begin at 4 p.m. MT with a host of field events.
MEET EVENT BREAKDOWN
Mountain T Invitational
Friday, Feb. 7 (All Times MT)
Men’s Pole Vault (4 p.m.)
Tanner Greeley, Dillon Groener, Derick Hinch, Chris Manuele
Men’s Weight Throw (4 p.m.)
Ryan Leslie, Kyle Lillie, Kyle Long
Women’s Shot Put (Follow’s Men’s Weight Throw)
Alex Hartig, Ashley Weber
Men’s High Jump (Follows Women’s High Jump, which begins at 4 p.m.)
Saturday, Feb. 8 (All Times MT)
Women’s Long Jump (10 a.m.)
Jasmine Gibbs, Kira Moreland
Women’s Weight Throw (10 a.m.)
Jessika Byrd, Ginger Jarchow, Ashley Weber
Men’s Shot Put (Follows Women’s Weight Throw)
Thomas Anderson, Nathan Estes, Kyle Lillie, Kyle Long, Michael Ohakwe
Women’s Pole Vault (Noon)
Heather Arseneau, Kelli Gibson, Shaylah Simpson, Amber Pasternak, Andrea Kemmerrer
LAST TIME OUT
The Sun Devils competed in the New Mexico Team Invitational last week, hosted at the same venue as the NCAA Indoor Championships (March 14-15), the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The women’s team finished in fifth with 66 points while the men’s team finished in ninth with 35.50.
For the second time in her career, junior Shelby Houlihan set the school record in the mile, running an altitude adjusted 4:37.52. Houlihan broke Lisa Aguilera’s 2000 time of 4.44.44 for the first time in 2012.
Senior Heather Arseneau set a new personal best in the pole vault for the second week in a row, clearing 4.17m on her second try as she picked up the win and 10 team points for the women’s team.
Jasmine Gibbs set a personal best in the long jump, finishing in a tie for third with a best distance of 5.91m, and both the 4x400m men’s and women’s relay teams ran season-best times for third-place finishes.
The men’s team of Keith Cleveland, Devan Spann, Trae Armstrong, and Will Henry ran a 3:09.69 and the women’s team of Sara McDonald, LaTroya Franklin, Sarah Geren, and Brianna Tate ran a 3:39.38.
TOP-16 INDOOR MARKS
Athletes who place times or marks in the top-16 in the nation will qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, in Albuquerque, N.M., March 14-15.
Ryan Milus and Tatum Benard-Taylor currently have qualifying times in the 60m, with Milus’ time of 6.60 (altitude adjusted) from the Lumberjack Team Challenge on Jan. 17 placing him in a tie for fifth. Benard-Taylor ran 6.63 (altitude adjusted) at the NAU Invitational on Jan. 24, which places him in a tie for ninth. Texas A&M’s Prezel Hardy Jr. clocked the nation-leading time of 6.56 at the Texas A&M 10 Team Invitational on Jan. 17.
Shelby Houlihan’s school-record breaking mile time of 4:37.52 (altitude adjusted) from the New Mexico Invite sits at No. 5 in the nation. Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino ran a 4:28.31 on Jan. 24.
In the pole vault, Heather Arseneau bested her career clearance for the second week in a row with a height of 4.17m at the New Mexico Inivte, which places her in a tie for 16th in the nation. South Dakota’s Emily Grove jumped the national-leading height of 4.35m on Jan. 30.
In the shot put, Anna Jelmini’s season-best toss of 16.86m (55-3.75) at the NAU Invite is at No. 4 in the nation. Christina Hillman from Iowa State threw the current nation-leading distance of 17.51m at the ISU Holiday Preview on Dec. 6.
ON THE CUSP
Brianna Tate’s new season-best 400m dash time of 53.77 (altitude adjusted) from the New Mexico Invite moves her from 21st to 17th in the indoor list. The No. 16 time belongs to Nebraska’s Kadecia Baird at 53.70 (altitude adjusted), also from the New Mexico Invite. Oregon’s Phyllis Francis ran the current top time of 52.14 at the Rod McCravy Memorial Track and Field Meet.
Shelby Houlihan’s 800m time of 2:08.46 from the NAU Invite sits at No. 24 in the nation, while Georgia’s Megan Malasarte and Michigan’s Brooke Handler both ran the No. 15 time of 2:07.09. Oregon’s Laura Roesler clocked in a 2:01.32 at the Rod McCravy Memorial Track and Field Meet on Jan. 24, which is the nation’s current top time.
The men’s 4x400m relay team of Keith Cleveland, Devan Spann, Trae Armstrong, and Will Henry sits at No. 24 in the nation after they ran an altitude adjusted time of 3:10.13 at the New Mexico Inivte. The No. 12 time is 3:08.29 (altitude adjusted) by a team from LSU at the New Mexico Invite. The national leader, Florida ran a 3:04.46 at the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 31.
On the women’s side of the 4x400m relay, the team of Sara McDonald, LaTroya Franklin, Sarah Geren, and Brianna Tate are at No. 20 with their time of 3:39.82. A from Texas Tech ran the No. 12 time in the nation of 3:38.24 (altitude adjusted) at the TTU Indoor Open on Jan. 17. The Texas A&M relay team ran 3:31.07 on Jan. 31, which remains the national leader.
Derick Hinch’s season-best clearance of 5.25m places him in a tie for No. 24 in the nation, while there is a six-way tie for 16th nationally with the mark of 5.30m. Sam Kendricks from Mississippi jumped the national-leading height of 5.61 on Jan. 10.
After three meets this season, ASU boasts top marks from six freshmen or sophomores on the men’s and women’s teams.
On the men’s side, redshirt sophomore Daniel Wong owns ASU’s current speediest mile time in 4:20.03, while sophomore Josh Dixon is ASU’s leader in both the long jump (6.80m) and triple jump (14.49m). Redshirt freshman Thomas Anderson threw the eighth-best distance in program history in the shot put last week, marking 18.40m.
For the women, sophomore Jasmine Gibbs’ time of 7.42 in the 60m is the current team leader. Freshman Micha Auzenne leads in the 60m hurdles with her time of 8.54, and redshirt freshman Ashley Weber leads the Sun Devils in the weight throw with a toss of 17.92m.
IN THE RANKINGS: USTFCCCA TOP 25
The Sun Devil men’s team dropped one spot in the USTFCCCA Top-25 this week, moving to No. 12. The women’s side continues to hold steady at 22. The next USTFCCCA poll comes out on Feb. 11.
SUN DEVILS IN THE TOP-10
Three weeks into the season, and 13 Sun Devils have made their mark in the top-10 of the Arizona State indoor record books.
Ryan Milus’ season-opening time of 6.60(aa) ranks at No. 2 in the all-time 60m list, matching the time he also ran in 2012. On the women’s side, Jasmine Gibbs’ time of 7.46(aa) is tied for fifth with Tiffany Greer (2002), and Micha Auzenne’s time of 7.52 (aa) places her in ninth.
Also in the 60m dash, Tatum Benard-Taylor’s time of 6.63(aa) from the NAU Invite (Jan. 24) ranks at No. 4, tied with Vince Jones, who ran the same time in 1999.
On the women’s side of the 60m hurdles, Micha Auzenne’s time of 8.52(aa) remains at No. 7 all-time for the Maroon and Gold.
Shelby Houlihan broke her own school record in the mile, running an altitude adjusted 4:37.22 at the New Mexico Team Invite. At the same meet, freshman Kala Stone ran 4:48.00 for seventh on the all-time list.
Jesus Rivera ran 1:52.00 in the 800m, good for eighth all-time.
In the women’s pole vault, Heather Arseneau’s career-best clearance of 4.17m remains at No. 3 all-time, surpassing her previous No. 3 mark of 4.10 from the second meet of the year.
Edmond Baker’s high jump mark of 2.08m is No. 10 overall, and ties with Deon Mayfield’s mark from 1984.
ASU has two new entrants into the shout put top-10, with Alex Hartig’s mark of 15.51m placing her in 10th, while Thomas Anderson’s mark of 18.40m sets him in eighth for the men’s side.
Ashley Weber’s weight throw toss of 17.92m is the No. 8 mark in the record books, while Ryan Leslie’s mark of 16.99m places him in 10th overall.
THE BOWERMAN WATCHLIST
The USTFCCCA has its eye on Anna Jelmini, naming her to the Preseason Bowerman Watchlist for the third time in her career. The NCAA Outdoor champion in the discus was named to a midseason list during her junior campaign, and was also part of a list during her freshman year in 2011.
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 split once again, with a portion of the team returning to New Mexico for the Don Kirby Invitational on Feb. 14. The rest of the squad will make the trek to Seattle, Wash., for the Husky Classic on Feb. 14-15.
A LOOK BACK AT 2013
The Arizona State University track and field squad has wrapped up yet another successful season with both teams finishing in the top 30 at both the indoor and outdoor championships. ASU posted several conference champions and All-Americans, as well as three national champions and several school records. Jordan Clarke won his fourth NCAA Championship in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championships last year while Chelsea Cassulo and Anna Jelmini won the hammer and discus throw competitions, respectively, at the outdoor championships. The Sun Devils have now earned 30 individual NCAA titles since head coach Greg Kraft took over the helm in 1996. To put that into perspective, the program had only won 26 individual titles in program history, which dates as far back as the early 1900s, prior to his arrival. The Sun Devils posted five First-Team All-Americans as well as three second-team All-Americans and a second-team All-American relay at the recent NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Indoors, seven Sun Devils earned first-team honors while four and a relay were named to the second-team.