June 18, 2013
TEMPE – The NCAA track and field season may be over but the Sun Devil track and field team is still hard at work with several current members, alumni and future stars set to take part in the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, this week.
ASU’s newly crowned NCAA Champions Chelsea Cassulo (hammer) and Anna Jelmini (discus) will headline the Sun Devils in the field this weekend as each will be looking for a shot to advance to the World Championships in Moscow beginning August 10. Both Cassulo and Jelmini have reached the IAAF ‘B’ standard and, as such, would advance to Russia with a top-three finish in the competition this week.
Jelmini will enter the competition as the fifth-ranked competitor in the field this season while Cassulo sits sixth.
Keia Pinnick will take part in her second heptathlon in two weeks this week and she enters the weekend as the fourth-ranked individual in the field following her third-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The senior scored 5,984 points in Eugene and will be looking t become just the third Sun Devil to break 6,000 points in history this week.
Shelby Houlihan became just the second Sun Devil to earn All-American honors in program history in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Championships two weeks ago and this week she will be back to the grind in a different middle distance event, competing in the 800-meter run. Houlihan clocked a time of 2:04.38 earlier this season and will be looking to knock off Kim Toney’s 1993 school record of 2:03.23 in this week’s competition
Ryan Milus will be in action in the 100-meter dash following his second-team All-America performance in the event at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., just two weeks ago. Milus clocked a career-best of 10.19 earlier this season and had a wind-aided 10.14 at the championship meet at Hayward Field to finish 11th overall.
Brianna Tate, ASU’s standout sophomore at 400-meter this season, will compete in the quarter-mile after setting the school’s 10th-fastest time in history this season.
Among the alumni that will be in action are Ryan Whiting, ASU’s former five-time NCAA shot put champion and current world leader in the event; Amy Hastings, the 2012 American Champion and Olympian at 10,000 meters who will compete in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter run this week; Chris Benard in the triple jump, an event he holds both the ASU indoor and outdoor school records in; multiple-time All-American Charonda Williams in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, where she will compete for adidas and former NCAA Champion April Kubishta in the pole vault.
Incoming Sun Devil Tatum Taylor will also be in action this week at Drake Stadium, computing in the USA Junior Track and Field Championships at 100 and 200 meters while fellow newcomer Maggie Ewen will be the top-seeded female in the shot put and discus competitions in the event as well.
Additionally, Christabel Nettey will be in action this week at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Moncton, N.B., competing in the long jump. having already met the IAAF 'A' standard with her school record leap of 6.75m (22-01.75) earlier this season. As such, Nettey needs only to finish in the top-three this week to advance to the World Championships.
Taylor will be the first one in action this weekend in the junior 100-meter dash on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. CT while Pinnick will open the competition for the older folks in the heptathlon on Thursday at 2:35 p.m. CT. Complete recaps from each day in Des Moines will be available at www.TheSunDevils.com following the conclusion of the each day’s events.