TEMPE, Ariz. -The Arizona State University track and field teams will return to Flagstaff this Friday and Saturday to compete at the NAU Invitational at the Walkup Skydome.
Live stats will be available through nauathletics.com, and the Sun Devil’s track and field twitter account @SunDevilTFXC will also have updates throughout the meet.
ASU joins host Northern Arizona, Pac-12 foe UCLA, Cal State Bakersfield, Southern Utah, and Grand Canyon this weekend, with competition for the Sun Devils set to begin at 4 p.m. MT on Friday with the men’s triple jump.
The lone running event the Sun Devils are competing in on Friday is the 200m, which is scheduled to begin with the men’s heats at 5:25 p.m. MT, followed by the women’s heats at 5:50 p.m. MT.
Per NAU’s schedule, Saturday’s field competition begins at 10 a.m. MT with the men’s invitational pole vault and men’s long jump. The running events are set to begin at 10:30 a.m. MT with the men’s mile.
The final running events of the afternoon are the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay, which are set to begin with the men at 1:50 p.m. MT.
MEET EVENT BREAKDOWN
Friday, Jan. 24 (All Times MT)
Men’s Triple Jump (4 p.m.)
Jordan Benesh and Josh Dixon
Men’s Weight Throw (4 p.m.)
Ryan Leslie, Kyle Lillie, and Kyle Long
Women’s Pole Vault Open (Follows Men’s Pole Vault Open)
Kelli Gibson, Andrea Kemmerrer, and Amber Pasternak
Women’s Shot Put (Follows Men’s Weight Throw)
Anna Jelmini, Alex Hartig, and Ashley Weber
Track Events (All Times Approximate)
Men’s 200m Dash (5:25 p.m.)
Daveon Collins, Will Henry, Trae Armstrong, Keith Cleveland, and Marcus Setoki
Women’s 200m Dash (5:50 p.m.)
Asiah Gooden, Troya Franklin, Brianna State, Alycia Herring, Jasmine Gibbs, and Sara McDonald
Saturday, Jan. 25 (All Times MT)
Men’s Invitational Pole Vault (10 a.m.)
Derick Hinch, Chris Manuele, Tanner Greeley, and Dillon Groener
Women’s Invitational Pole Vault (Follows Men’s Invitational Pole Vault)
Shaylah Simpson and Heather Arseneau
Men’s Long Jump (10 a.m.)
Josh Dixon, Jordan Benesh, and Edmond Baker
Women’s Long Jump (Follows Men’s Long Jump)
Jasmine Gibbs, Alycia Herring, and Micha Auzenne
Women’s Weight Throw (10:30 a.m.)
Ashley Weber, Jessika Byrd, and Ginger Jarchow
Men’s Shot Put (Follows Women’s Weight Throw)
Thomas Anderson, Kyle Lillie, Nathan Estes, Kyle Long, and Michael Ohakwe
Men’s High Jump (12:30 p.m.)
Track Events (All Times Approximate)
Men’s Mile (10:30 a.m.)
Garrett Baker-Slama and Daniel Wong
Men’s 60m Dash Prelims (11 a.m.)
Ryan Milus, Tatum Benard-Taylor, Daveon Collins, Trae Armstrong, and Marcus Setoki
Women’s 60m Dash Prelims (11:15 a.m.)
Asiah Gooden, Jasmine Gibbs, Micha Auzenne, Alycia Herring, and Troya Franklin
Men’s 60m Hurdles Prelims (11:25 a.m.)
Women’s 60m Hurdles Prelims (11:35 a.m.)
Men’s 800m (11:50 a.m.)
Trevor Landry, Kevin Rayes, Bernie Montoya, and Jesus Rivera
Women’s 800m (Noon)
Men’s 400m Dash (12:25 p.m.)
Will Henry and Daveon Collins
Women’s 400m Dash (12:45 p.m.)
Sarah Geren, Sara McDonald, Kiera Bulluck
Men’s 4x400m Relay (1:50 p.m.)
Keith Cleveland, Devan Spann, Daveon Collins, and Will Henry
Women’s 4x400m Relay (2:05 p.m.)
Sara McDonald, Alycia Herring, Troya Franklin, Brianna Tate
LAST TIME OUT
The Sun Devils opened the 2014 schedule in Flagstaff last week at the Lumberjack Team Challenge.
Ryan Milus (60m), Brianna Tate (400m), Chiara Warner (Mile), CJ Albertson (Mile), the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams, Heather Arseneau (Pole Vault), Derick Hinch (Pole Vault), and Kira Moreland each placed first in their respective events.
The Sun Devils continued with high placements in the men’s 60m, women’s mile, men’s 800m, the women’s long jump, and the women’s shot put.
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.
After the first weekend of competition, ASU currently has five student-athletes with times or marks in the top-16.
Ryan Milus’ 60m dash time of 6.60 (adjusted for altitude), sits in a tie for third in the nation behind USC’s Aaron Brown’s mark of 6.59. The national leader is Texas A&M’s Prezel Hardy Jr., who ran a 6.56 at the Texas A&M 10 Team Invitational on Jan. 17.
Also ranking in the 60m is Tatum Benard-Taylor, whose mark of 6.67 (adjusted for altitude) sits in a three-way tie for 10th. A pair of runners sit in a tie for eighth with a time of 6.66.
On the women’s side, Brianna Tate’s time of 54.32 (adjusted for altitude) sits in a two-way tie for sixth-fastest in the nation. Stanford’s Kristyn Williams currently owns the fastest time at 53.39 from Jan. 18.
The 4x400m relay team of Sara McDonald, Alycia Herring, Troya Franklin, and Brianna State sits at 13th nationally with their Lumberjack Team Challenge time of 3.41.75. They sit behind a relay squad from Cornell, who marked a time of 3:41.33 on Jan. 18. The national leader is a team from Texas A&M, who ran a 3:37.16 last week.
Rounding out ASU’s current marks in the top-15 is Anna Jelmini, whose shot put mark of 54-2.00 (16.51m) places her ninth overall. Iowa State’s Christina Hillman currently has the top distance at 57-5.5 (17.51m).
IN THE RANKINGS: USTFCCCA TOP 25
Both the Sun Devil men and women remain ranked, as the men’s team sits at No. 21 and the women sit at No. 23. The men’s team opened last season ranked, while the women are in the preseason rankings for the first time since opening 2012 at No. 16. The next USTFCCCA poll comes out on Jan. 28.
THE BOWERMAN WATCHLIST
The USTFCCCA has its eye on Anna Jelmini, naming her to the Preseason Bowerman Watchlist for the third time in her career. The NCAA Outdoor champion in the discus was named to a midseason list during her junior campaign, and 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 Arseneau, Edmond Baker, Natalie Krafft, Sarah Lynde, Jenna Mack, and Shaylah 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., while 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 Momen’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 17th year ranks behind John Spini, who is in his 34thd year with gymnastics and Sheila McInerney, who is in her 30th year with women’s tennis.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Sun Devils are set to leave the state of Arizona for the first time this season, making the trek to nearby New Mexico for the New Mexico Team Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 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.