TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University track and field teams are set to compete at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Wednesday through Saturday at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.
Along with sending six individual athletes, the Sun Devils are one of six teams in the entire country sending all four of its relay teams to compete in the national meet.
On the women’s side, redshirt senior Anna Jelmini looks to defend her title in the discus, junior Shelby Houlihan looks to earn her second-career All-America honor in the 1500m run, and Brianna Tate is set to compete in the 400m dash.
The men’s side has a pair of field athletes competing in redshirt junior Bryan McBride (high jump) and sophomore Josh Dixon (triple jump), along with redshirt junior Devan Spann competing in the 200m dash on the track.
Spann will also race in both 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Also in the 4x100m are senior Will Henry, senior Daveon Collins, and redshirt senior Ryan Milus, while senior Keith Cleveland with join Spann, Henry, and Collins in the 4x400m.
Like Spann, Tate will be running in both relays, and will be joined by senior Asiah Gooden, senior Alycia Herring, and freshman LaTroya Franklin in the 4x100m. In the 4x400m, junior Sara McDonald and senior Sarah Geren will join Tate and Franklin.
A season ago, Spann (4x100m), Milus (4x100m/100m), Jelmini (discus/shot put), Houlihan (1500m), Geren (4x400m), and Tate (4x400m) were members of the squad that competed at the NCAA Championships. The women’s team placed tenth at the meet, while the men finished tied for 28th.
Live results will be available via Flash Results.
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MEET EVENT BREAKDOWN
Wednesday, June 11 (All Times PT)
Men’s 4x100m Relay Semifinals (4 p.m.) (Finals Saturday at 2:03 p.m.)
Devan Spann, Will Henry, Daveon Collins, Ryan Milus
Women’s 4x100m Relay Semifinals (4:15 p.m.) (Finals Saturday at 2:10 p.m.)
Asiah Gooden, Alycia Herring, Brianna Tate, LaTroya Franklin
Women’s 400m Dash Semifinals (5 p.m.) (Finals Friday at 5:50 p.m.)
Thursday, June 12 (All Times PT)
Women’s Discus Trials/Finals (2 p.m.)
Men’s 200m Semifinals (4 p.m.) (Finals Saturday at 2:42 p.m.)
Women’s 1500m Semifinals (4:45 p.m.) (Finals Saturday at 2:29 p.m.)
Men’s 4x400m Relay Semifinals (6:20 p.m.) (Finals Saturday at 3:47 p.m.)
Devan Spann, Keith Cleveland, Will Henry, Daveon Collins
Women’s 4x400m Relay Semifinals (6:40 p.m.) (Finals Saturday at 3:55 p.m.)
Sara McDonald, LaTroya Franklin, Sarah Geren, Brianna Tate
Friday, June 13 (All times PT)
Men’s High Jump Finals (3:20 p.m.)
Saturday, June 14 (All Times PT)
Men’s Triple Jump Trials/Finals (12:30 p.m.)
LAST TIME OUT
Along with qualifying six individuals and four relay teams at the NCAA Preliminary meet in Fayetteville, Ark., sophomore Josh Dixon jumped in the ASU record book, marking back-to-back personal bests in the triple jump competition for No. 9 with his mark of 16.03m (52-7.25).
Senior Sarah Geren set a new personal best in the 400m hurdles with her time of 58.35, for No. 9 in the ASU record book, and junior Cameron Taylor jumped from No. 8 to No. 7 in the 110m hurdles top-10 with his personal best time of 13.92.
The men’s 4x100m relay team of Devan Spann, Will Henry, Keith Cleveland, and Ryan Milus demolished their season best with a time of 39.08, just missing the No. 10 time in the ASU relay record book, which has three relays tied at 39.06.
THE OUTDOOR RECORD BOOK
ASU track and field saw 16 new marks in the outdoor records books throughout the ‘regular-season’ portion of competition.
Brianna Tate’s new personal best of 52.32 moves her up from No. 10 in the 400m dash to No. 8, while Sarah Geren moves from No. 10 in the 400m Hurdles to No. 9 with her best of 58.35.
In the 1500m, Shelby Houlihan bested her school record with a finish at 4:13.56, while Payton Schutte entered the record book at No. 6 with her finish at 4:21.64. Houlihan also set a new personal best in the 5000m run as she finished at 16:11.63, the new No. 7 mark in ASU history.
Chiara Warner set a personal best by nearly 15 seconds in only her second collegiate 3000m steeplechase, finishing at 10:30.85, the new No. 10 time in the record book.
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.
In the women’s pole vault, Andrea Kemmerrer set a new personal best at 3.73m, for No. 8.
Alex Hartig’s javelin personal best of 47.89m moved her up from No. 3 to No. 2, behind the 2008 mark from Jacquelyn Johnson’s 2008 at 48. Hartig also sits at No. 8 in the shot put competition at 15.93m, and at No. 9 in the discus at 54.84m.
Joining Hartig in the javelin top-10 is Kaitlyn Brace, with the No. 8 throw of 41.43m.
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 13.92 sits at No. 7 all-time.
In the 5000m, Ryan Herson set a personal best at the Mt. Sac Relays, finishing at 13:44.81, which remains the No. 4 time in school history. Herson’s mile time of 4:02.90 sits at No. 6, while Cody Brazeal owns the new No. 10 time at 4:04.54.
Garrett Seawell jumped into the top-10 of the 10000m run with a finish at 30:01.59, while Bryan McBride moved up to No. 3 all time with his high jump clearance of 2.23m.
In the triple jump, Josh Dixon sits at No. 9 with his mark of 16.03m (52-7.25).
Kyle Lillie’s hammer throw of 58.23m 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.