TEMPE -- The final day of the 2nd annual Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Invitational wrapped up late into the hours of Saturday evening, and the Arizona State track and field program turned the page heading into the heart of their outdoor season with some pizzazz.
While the Pac-12 failed to overtake the Big Ten on the men's and women's side, the Sun Devils picked up some personal victories and showed head coach Greg Kraft what he wanted to see.
"I try to express to the team where we are in the calendar, but also emphasize to the athletes about making good decisions and creating their own momentum," said Kraft. "You just don't want to see athletes continue to make poor decisions within a race or competition, so we saw athletes make the right adjustments. When I see those things happening, I know we're on the right path.
"But obviously we need to have our entire team in play, so the Sun Angel Classic will be important because we'll have the men sprinters back -- Jamol (James) and Reggie (Lewis) along with LaTroya (Franklin)."
On the men's side, redshirt juniors C.J. Albertson and Thomas Anderson highlighted the day in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the men's shot put, respectively.
Albertson clocked a new personal best while also moving ahead of coach and meet director Jeremy Rasmussen on the ASU all-time list to sixth place in the 3K steeplechase with a time of 8:48.50.
CJ Albertson knocks off coach Jeremy Rasmussen for 6th on the all-time list in the 3,000m steeplechase at 8:48.50! pic.twitter.com/W69kCwIBhG— SunDevilTFXC (@SunDevilTFXC) March 27, 2016
"Today was a good effort and controlled effort -- that was the big thing," said distance coach Louie Quintana of Albertson. "It was really important that he had good control, felt good about the run and had good momentum going through. He closed really well and he won by 17 seconds. There's still a lot more room to grow."
In the shot put, Anderson has continued to recover from an elbow injury early in the indoor season. While his tie for second place didn't include a personal best, his overall consistency throughout the event shined through and was what coach David Dumble wanted to see from him.
"He performed way better," said Dumble. "I don't know why he struggled last week -- we talked about it and in his practices he was really focused and came out with a whole new confidence this week. He had some warm-ups that were two feet further, but just have to work on doing that in competition. It's good to see him confident again and ready to go."
Also in the throwing events, redshirt sophomore Maggie Ewen continued to be the highlight for the women, earning a first-place finish in the discus and second in the shot put. Despite her results -- and while Dumble isn't taking anything away from her performance -- he said there's still a lot more in the tank from Ewen.
"I think she struggled a little bit in competition," said Dumble. "She warmed up amazing and looked confident, but she struggled when it came time for competition. However, she did pull out a win and we talk about competing well, and she did. This week she's been down a little and could be mental or a little bit tired. We'll see how two weeks of training go before Sun Angel because I think she's ready to light it up with some big PR's."
After a phenomenal opening week at the Baldy Castillo, junior Chelsey Totten came back this week in the women's 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:21.26 -- which is good enough for seventh all-time at ASU. In 2015, that mark would have been in the top-48 to make it to the NCAA West Regional meet.
Chelsey Totten blazes to a new personal best in the women's 1500m with a time of 4:21.26 -- over 6 seconds faster! pic.twitter.com/zgCymeHpS4— SunDevilTFXC (@SunDevilTFXC) March 27, 2016
As Kraft mentioned, the Sun Devils finished in second in conference on the women's and men's side without several of their top performers. Sprinters Jamol James, Reggie Lewis and LaTroya Franklin are all expected to return for the Sun Angel Classic in two weeks.
Women's Discus Throw
1. Maggie Ewen - 51.72m (169-08)
3. Ginger Jarchow - 51.17m (167-10)
Men's Discus Throw
2. Kyle Long - 56.44m (185-02)
11. Quaid Vuncannon - 47.81m (156-10)
12. Thomas Anderson - 47.70m (156-06)
19. Ahmed Hassan - x41.89m (137-05)
Women's Shot Put
3. Maggie Ewen - 16.10m (52-10.00)
Men's Shot Put
3. Thomas Anderson - 18.28m (59-11.75)
9. Kyle Long - 17.83m (58-6.00)
Women's Pole Vault
12. Haleigh Fritts - 3.73m (12-2.75)
15. Athena Masolini - 3.68m (12-0.75)
17. Kristiana Warth - 3.53m (11-7.00)
Men's Pole Vault
4. Matt Eckles - 5.07m (16-07.50)
5. Nathan Hiett - 4.92m (16-01.75)
7. Dillon Groener - 4.92m (16-01.75)
Men's High Jump
6. Mason Ford - 2.00m (6-6.75)
Women's Long Jump
4. Keyasia Tibbs - 5.90m (19-4.25)
8. Jessica Barreira - 5.74m (18-10.00)
14. Jasmine Gibbs - 5.57m (18-3.25)
Women's Triple Jump
5. Keyasia Tibbs - 12.20m (40-0.25)
7. Jessica Barreira - 12.05m (39-6.50)
9. Darreyl Woodson - 11.87m (38-11.50)
Women's 100m Hurdles
3. Sydney Mosley - 13.89
10. Alexandra Williams - 14.52
Men's 100m Dash
3. Isaiah Underwood - 10.56
Women's 200m Dash
2. Jasmine Gibbs - 24.47
Women's 400m Dash
5. Sierra Irvin - 55.15
18. Courtnee Oglesby - 58.83
Men's 400m Dash
14. Herb Polk - 48.81
17. Ronny Hall - 49.38
Women's 400m Hurdles
12. Alex Williams - 1:05.88
13. Brooke Coltelli - 1:08.17
Men's 400m Hurdles
3. Cody Moore - 53.59
8. Richard Thiel - 57.32
Women's 800m Run
9. Jen Owen - 2:09.28
11. Hannah Benoit-Bucher - 2:09.69
19. Madison Davis - 2:13.67
24. Lauren Gavulic - 2:17.43
26. Mia Townsend - 2:18.02
Men's 800m Run
15. Kyle Elliott - 1:54.30
16. Blake Elliott - 1:54.60
Women's 1500m Run
3. Chelsey Totten - 4:21.26
Men's 1500m Run
4. Ryan Herson - 3:45.29
25. Brandon Boys - 3:58.17
Men's 3,000m Steeplechase
1. CJ Albertson - 8:48.50
4. Cody Brazeal - 9:26.59
8. J.P. Nelson - 9:31.65
Women's 4x100 Relay
5. Arizona State (Gibbs, Irvin, Mosley, Tibbs) - 51.29
Women's 4x400 Relay
7. Arizona State (Irvin, Bulluck, Benoit-Bucher, Oglesby) - 3:49.52
Men's 4x400 Relay
5. Arizona State (Polk, Hall, Moore, B. Elliott) - 3:15.45
Women's Hammer Throw
2. Maggie Ewen - 62.24m (204-02)
3. Ashley Weber - 56.04m (183-10)
Men's Hammer Throw
6. Kyle Long - 59.93m (196-07)
2. Hudson Keffer - 69.33m (227-05)
9. Melanie Johnson - 41.07m (134-09)
10. Jessica Barreira - 40.20m (131-10)
11. Ginger Jarchow - 39.61m (129-11)
4. Bernie Montoya - 14:35.31
6. Ryan Norton - 14:42.10
8. John Reniewicki - 14:51.25
11. Nick Dale - 15:20.46
12. Riley Wattier - 15:23.77