TEMPE, Ariz. -The Arizona State University track and field teams will split up once again, with a majority of the squad returning to New Mexico to compete in the Don Kirby Invite on Feb. 14-15, while the distance squad will trek to Seattle, Wash., for the Husky Classic, also Feb. 14-15.
The Sun Devil’s track and field twitter account @SunDevilTFXC will post updates and results throughout the meets.
MEET DETAILS-DON KIRBY INVITE
ASU returns to the site of the NCAA Indoor Championships, March 14-15, for the Don Kirby Inivte at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Last season, Shaylah Simpson cleared 4.22m in the pole vault, the current No. 2 mark in the ASU indoor record books, while Anna Jelmini took third in the shot put at 16.61m. On the track, Cameron Taylor logged a personal best and the No. 2 60m hurdles time of 7.87, while Ryan Milus ran the fastest times of both the 60m dash finals and prelims.
MEET EVENT BREAKDOWN
Don Kirby Invite
Friday, Feb. 14 (All Times MT)
Women’s Weight Throw (4 p.m.)
Jessika Byrd, Ashley Weber
Men’s High Jump (4 p.m.)
Men’s Pole Vault (4 p.m.)
Tanner Greeley, Derick Hinch, Chris Manuele
Women’s Long Jump (4:30 p.m.)
Jasmine Gibbs, Alycia Herring
Men’s Long Jump (4:30 p.m.)
Men’s 200m Dash (5:50 p.m.)
Tatum Benard-Taylor, Trae Armstrong, Daveon Collins, Will Henry, Keith Cleveland, Devan Spann
Women’s 200m Dash (6:15 p.m.)
LaTroya Franklin, Brianna Tate, Asiah Gooden, Sara McDonald, Jasmine Gibbs
Men’s Weight Throw (7 p.m.)
Ryan Leslie, Kyle Lillie, Kyle Long
Saturday, Feb. 15 (All Times MT)
Men’s 60m Hurdles Prelims (10:45 a.m.)
Men’s Triple Jump (11 a.m.)
Josh Dixon, Jordan Benesh
Women’s Pole Vault (11 a.m.)
Heather Arseneau, Shaylah Simpson, Amber Pasternak
Women’s Shot Put (11 a.m.)
Alex Hartig, Anna Jelmini, Ashley Weber
Women’s 60m Hurdles Prelims (11:20 a.m.)
Men’s 60m Dash Prelims (11:30 a.m.)
Ryan Milus, Tatum-Benard Taylor, Trae Armstrong
Women’s 60m Dash Prelims (11:40 a.m.)
Jasmine Gibbs, Micha Auzenne, Alycia Herring, LaTroya Franklin, Asiah Gooden
Men’s 400m Dash (12:30 p.m.)
Will Henry, Keith Cleveland
Women’s 400m Dash (12:50 p.m.)
Brianna Tate, Sara McDonald
Men’s Shot Put (2 p.m.)
Nathan Estes, Kyle Lillie, Kyle Long, Thomas Anderson
Men’s 4x400m Relay (2:30 p.m.)
Keith Cleveland, Devan Spann, Daveon Collins, Will Henry, Trae Armstrong
Women’s 4x400m Relay (2:40 p.m.)
Sara McDonald, Sarah Geren, LaTroya Franklin, Brianna Tate, Alycia Herring
MEET DETAILS-HUSKY CLASSIC
Joining the Sun Devils at the Dempsey Indoor this weekend are host Washington, and competitors from over 20 different universities throughout the nation.
A season ago, Shelby Houlihan set the school record in the 800m at 2:04.94, and taking down Kim Toney’s former record of 2:06.12 from 1994.
MEET EVENT BREAKDOWN
Friday, Feb. 14 (All Times MT)
Women’s 5000m (7:10 p.m.)
Saturday, Feb. 15 (All Times MT)
Women’s 800m Run (10:15 a.m.)
Women’s 3000m Run (11:05 a.m.)
Shelby Houlihan, Payton Schutte
Men’s 3000m Run (11:35 a.m.)
Ryan Herson, CJ Albertson
Women’s Mile Run (12:45 p.m.)
Men’s Mile Run (1:20 p.m.)
Bernie Montoya, Tommy Williams
LAST TIME OUT
The Sun Devils split up for the first time this year, with the track athletes running at Texas A&M’s Aggie Invite while the throwers and pole vaulters returned to Flagstaff for the Mountain T Invite.
Heather Arseneau picked up her third win of the year as she cleared 4.07m, and senior Shaylah Simpson cleared a season-best 3.97m.
In the men’s shot put, redshirt freshman Thomas Anderson took first place with a toss of 17.83m (58-6.00) and redshirt junior Kyle Lillie took fourth with a season-best throw of 16.85m (55-3.50). Redshirt senior Nathan Estes took fifth with a season-best 16.44m (53-11.25) and redshirt freshman Kyle Long threw 15.74m (51-7.75) for eighth.
Junior Brianna Tate took third in the 400m with a personal-best 53.09, while freshman LaTroya Franklin finished eighth in her first-ever 200m dash with a time of 24.11.
The 4x400m relay team of Alycia Herring, LaTroya Franklin, senior Sarah Geren and Brianna Tate finished second to the host Aggies with a season-best time of 3:38.17. The men’s 4x400m relay team of Keith Cleveland, Devan Spann, Trae Armstrong, and Will Henry also ran a 3:12.67 for fourth.
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 sixth. Benard-Taylor ran 6.63 (altitude adjusted) at the NAU Invitational on Jan. 24, which places him in a tie for 13. Texas-Arlington’s Clayton Vaughn is the new national leader after his run of 6.55 on Feb. 7
Brianna Tate’s personal best 400m dash time of 53.09 from the Texas A&M Aggie Invite brought her from 17th to No. 8 on the indoor list. Phyllis Francis from Oregon leads the nation at 52.14.
Shelby Houlihan’s school-record breaking mile time of 4:37.52 (altitude adjusted) from the New Mexico Invite sits at No. 6 in the nation. Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino ran a 4:28.31 on Jan. 24.
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
On the women’s side of the 4x400m relay, the team of Alycia Herring, LaTroya Franklin, Sarah Geren, and Brianna Tate are at No. 18 with their time of 3:38.17. A team from USC ran the No. 12 time in the nation of 3:36.96 on Feb. 7. 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.
In the pole vault, Heather Arseneau’s career best clearance of 4.17m, which her in a tie for 19th in the nation with Petra Olsen from South Carolina. Kaitlin Petrillose of Texas jumped the nationally leading mark of 4.45m on Feb. 7.
The Sun Devils have 27 athletes in the top-10 of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) performance lists, including leading performances in the men’s 60, women’s mile, and women’s shot put.
Ryan Milus’ 6.60 from Jan. 24 places him at the top spot, while ASU has three more runners in the top-10 in Tatum Benard-Taylor (6.63, No. 2), Devan Spann (6.97, No. 5), and Trae Armstrong (6.88, No. 10).
Shelby Houlihan’s school record mile run of 4:37.52 (Feb. 1) leads the MPSF, while her 800m run of 2:08.46 places her at No. 5.
Anna Jelmini’s shot put toss of 16.86m (Jan. 24) sits at No. 1, followed by Alex Hartig’s toss of 15.51m (50-10.75) places her at No. 4, and Ashley Weber is at No. 8 with her toss of 14.51m (47-7.25).
Jasmine Gibbs’ 60m time of 7.46 from Jan. 17 places her in a tie for No. 8 with USC’s Loudia Laarman, while the Sun Devils boast a pair of runners in the top-10 of the men’s 200m with Daveon Collins’ 21.55 (Jan. 24) at No. 2 and Marcus Setoki’s 21.79 (Feb. 1) at No. 7. Cal State Northridge’s Carl Horsley leads the MPSF in the men’s 200m at 21.54.
On the women’s side of the 200m, LaTroya Franklin sits at No. 6 with her first-ever collegiate run of the event clocking in at 24.11.
In the men’s 400m, Will Henry ranks at No. 5 at 47.70 while Keith Cleveland’s time of 48.08 places him at No. 7. On the women’s side, Brianna Tate’s personal best 53.09 from the Texas A&M Invitational of 53.09 places her at No. 3 behind Oregon’s Phyllis Francis, the national leader, who clocked in at 52.14 and Arizona’s Shapri Romero’s time of 52.82.
Cameron Taylor’s 60m hurdles time of 8.01 from the NAU Invite on Jan. 24 places him in a tie for No. 3 with Washington State’s Daniel Zmuda, and both sit behind the tie for first, 7.77, run by California’s Milan Ristic and Oregon’s Jonathan Cabral.
On the women’s side of the 60m hurdles, Micha Auzenne’s 8.52 places her in a tie for No. 7 with BYU’s Alyssa Monteverde.
In the men’s 4x400m, ASU’s run of 3:10.13 at the New Mexico Invite on Feb. 1 places them at No. 2, while Oregon leads the MPSF after clocking in at 3:09.85 on Jan. 24. The women’s 4x400m relay time of 3:38.17 from Texas A&M’s Aggie Invite sits at No. 3 in the league behind Oregon (3:35.06) and USC (3:36.96).
The Sun Devils have a trio of pole vaulters in the top-10 with Derick Hinch’s season-best clearance of 5.25m (17-2.75) placing him in fifth while Heather Arseneau’s personal best 4.17m (13-8.25) sits at No. 3 overall. Shaylah Simpson’s season best clearance of 3.97m (13-0.25) places her in a tie for eighth with Washington’s Elizabeth Quick.
ASU boasts a trio of long jumpers in the top-10 of the MPSF, with Alycia Herring at No. 6 with her jump of 6.04m (19-9.75), Kira Moreland at No. 8 at 5.95m (19-6.25), and Jasmine Gibbs at No. 9 at 5.91m (19-4.75).
Josh Dixon’s triple jump best of 14.69m (48-2.50) from the New Mexico Invite on Feb. 1 places him at No. 9.
In the men’s shot put, Thomas Anderson’s 18.40m (60-4.50) places him at No. 4, while Kyle Lillie’s 16.85m (55-3.50) is good for No. 9 and Kyle Long’s 16.81m (55-2.00) sits at No. 10.
Ryan Leslie is at No. 10 in the men’s weight throw with his toss of 17.85m (58-6.75) at the Mountain T Invitational on Feb. 7, while Ashley Weber’s 17.92m (58-9.50) on the women’s side places her at No. 7.
After four weeks in the indoor schedule, ASU boasts top marks from seven freshmen or sophomores on the men’s and women’s teams.
On the men’s side, redshirt sophomore Tommy Williams ran 4:10.13 at the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational mile, while sophomore Josh Dixon leads both the long jump and the triple jump with bests of 6.80m and 14.69m. Redshirt freshman Thomas Anderson’s 18.40m in the shot put also leads the Sun Devils.
For the women, sophomore Jasmine Gibbs leads the 60m dash at 7.42, while LaTroya Franklin’s 24.11 in the 200m also leads the Sun Devils. Freshman Micha Auzenne’s 60m hurdles time of 8.50 is a squad leader, as is Ashley Weber’s weight throw toss of 17.92m.
IN THE RANKINGS: USTFCCCA TOP 25
The Sun Devil men’s team dropped in the USTFCCCA Top-25 this week, moving to No. 14. The women’s side moved up this week to No. 21. The next USTFCCCA poll comes out on Feb. 18.
SUN DEVILS IN THE TOP-10
Four weeks into the season, and 15 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.
In LaTroya Franklin’s first-ever collegiate run in the 200m, her time of 24.11 places her at No. 10 in the ASU all-time list, and Brianna Tate’s personal best in the 400m of 53.09 moves her from No. 6 to No. 3.
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, while 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, Jessika Byrd tossed a 17.15m to place her at No. 10, and Ryan Leslie’s new personal best of 17.85m moves him from No. 10 to No. 8.
THE BOWERMAN WATCHLIST
The USTFCCCA continues to keep its eye on Anna Jelmini, naming her to the February edition of the Bowerman Watchlist. The NCAA Outdoor champion in the discus has been named to four Bowerman Watchlist, including this season’s preseason watchlist, a midseason list during her junior campaign, and she 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 take off before traveling to Seattle, Wash., for the MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships, Feb. 28-March 1.
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.