MT. SAC HOME
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University track and field teams will take its first road trip of the outdoor slate this week, traveling to Walnut, Calif., for the 56th annual Mt. Sac Relays, April 17-19 at the Hilmer Lodge Stadium.
A live stream of the meet will be available via Flotrack subscription.
Last season, Ryan Herson shattered his personal best in the 5000m, running the No. 4 mark in program history at 13:51.00 in the Elite Olympic Development section.
Also for ASU, Dylan Austin took second in the B section of the pole vault with a clearance of 5.15m (16-10.75).
MEET EVENT BREAKDOWN
56th Annual Mt. Sac Relays
Thursday, April 17 (All Times PT)
Men’s 3000m Steeplechase Open-B U/O (6:11 p.m.)
Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Open-B U/O (6:35 p.m.)
Men’s 3000m Steeplechase Open-A U/O (7:01 p.m.)
Friday, April 18 (All Times PT)
Women’s Pole Vault Open-C U/O (10 a.m.)
Men’s Pole Vault Open-B U/O (10:30 a.m.)
Men’s Triple Jump Open U/O (11:30 a.m.)
Josh Dixon, Jordan Benesh
Men’s Pole Vault Open-C U/O (12:30 p.m.)
Chris Manuele, Tanner Greeley
Men’s Pole Vault Open-A U/O (1 p.m.)
Women’s Long Jump Open U/O (2 p.m.)
Alycia Herring, Kira Moreland
Women’s Pole Vault Open-A U/O (3:30 p.m.)
Men’s High Jump Open U/O (4 p.m.)
110m Hurdles Open U/O (10 a.m.)
100m Hurdles Open U/O (10:30 a.m.)
Women’s 1500m Run Open U/O (11 a.m.)
Men’s 1500m Run Open U/O (11:45 a.m.)
Cody Brazeal, Kevin Rayes
Women’s 400m Dash Open U/O (12:54 p.m.)
Men’s 400m Dash Open U/O (1:18 p.m.)
Will Henry, Keith Cleveland
Women’s 100m Dash Open U/O (1:42 p.m.)
LaTroya Franklin, Asiah Gooden, Micha Auzenne
Women’s 800m Run Open U/O (2:30 p.m.)
Shelby Houlihan, Kala Stone
Men’s 800m Run Open U/O (2:50 p.m.)
Jesus Rivera, Trevor Landry, Michael Julian, Blake Elliott, Kyle Elliott
Women’s 400m Hurdles Open U/O (3:10 p.m.)
Women’s 200m Dash Open U/O (3:45 p.m.)
Asiah Gooden, LaTroya Franklin, Alycia Herring
Women’s 1500m Run Invit. Elite (6:44 p.m.)
Men’s 3000m Steeplehcase Invit. Elite (7:22 p.m.)
Women’s 5000m Run Olympic Dev. Elite (7:44 p.m.)
Men’s 5000m Run Olympic Dev. Elite (8:03 p.m.)
Men’s 5000m Run Invit Elite (8:35 p.m.)
Women’s 5000m Run Open-A U/O (9:34 p.m.)
Adriana Olivas, Payton Schutte
Men’s 5000m Run Open-A U/O (9:53 p.m.)
Women’s 5000m Run Open-C U/O (10:43 p.m.)
Men’s 5000m Run Open-C U/O (11:09 p.m.)
Saturday, April 19
Men’s High Jump Invit Elite (4 p.m.)
Men’s 4x100m Relay Invit Elite (1:32 p.m.)
Daveon Collins, Devan Spann, Ryan Milus, Keith Cleveland
Women’s 4x100m Relay Invite Elite (1:37 p.m.)
Asiah Gooden, Brianna Tate, Sarah Geren, LaTroya Franklin, Micha Auzenne
Women’s 400m Dash Invit Elite (2:20 p.m.)
Men’s 100m Dash Invit Elite (2:48 p.m.)
Men’s 4x400m Relay Invit Elite (5:15 p.m.)
Keith Cleveland, Will Henry, Daveon Collins, Cody Moore, Devan Spann
Women’s 4x400m Relay Invit Elite (5:20 p.m.)
Sara McDonald, LaTroya Franklin, Sarah Geren, Brianna Tate, Alycia Herring
LAST TIME OUT
The Sun Devils closed out the home slate last week as ASU hosted the 35th Sun Angel Track Classic at Sun Angel Stadium.
Shelby Houlihan bettered her school record in the 1500m run with a new PR of 4:13.56, while Sarah Geren ran ASU’s No. 10 time in the 400m hurdles as she set a new personal best at 58.94.
Also on the women’s side of the 1500m, Payton Schutte ran a new personal best at 4:21.64, the new No. 6 time in ASU history.
In the men’s mile, Ryan Herson ran 4:02.90, and Cody Brazeal ran 4:04.56, the new No. 6 and No. 10 times in the ASU record book, respectively.
Junior Edmond Baker cleared seven feet in the high jump as he set a new personal best at 2.14m (7-0.25), while Bryan McBride tied his personal best at 2.20m (7-2.50).
WEST REGION RANKINGS
The top-48 athletes in the west region will qualify for the NCAA Championship Preliminaries, May 29-31, in Fayetteville, Ark.
The men’s team has 26 marks and two relays ranked in the top-48 in the west, while the women’s team has 23 marks and both its relays ranked. See page 8-9 in the notes PDF for a complete rundown.
In this week’s USTFCCA rankings, the men are unranked while the women’s team remains at No. 21.
THE OUTDOOR RECORD BOOK
ASU track and field saw seven new entrants to the outdoor records books after the three weekends of competition.
Adriana Olivas’ 10,000m run time of 33:55.75 from the Stanford Invite is the new No. 5 time in the ASU record book.
Alex Hartig’s javelin personal best of 45.74m moved her up from No. 5 to No. 3, behind the 2008 marks from Jacquelyn Johnson’s 2008 at 48.58m and Addison McGrath’s at 46.77m.
In the women’s hammer, Jessika Byrd jumped into the books with her toss of 61.10m, good for No. 5 all-time, while Ashley Weber’s throw of 55.46m is good for No. 10 overall.
On the men’s side, Cameron Taylor’s 110m hurdles time of 14.04 sits in a tie at No. 8 with Fair Hooker’s 13.8y time from 1968.
Ryan Leslie’s hammer throw of 58.20m enters the record books at No. 10 all-time.
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
Up next, most of the team will be off while the throwers make the trip to La Jolla, Calif., for the Triton Invitational, April 25-26.