FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—On the first day of the NAU Invite, the Arizona State track and field teams totaled seven times in the top-10 of the 200m dash, led by seniors Daveon Collins and Asiah Gooden.
For the No. 21-ranked men’s team, Collins won the men’s 200m dash with a time of 21.43, while Gooden finished third overall at 24.38 for the No. 23-ranked women.
Freshman Macrus Setoki finished in seventh in the 200m with a time of 21.97. Senior Keith Cleveland ran 22.00, and was closely followed by senior Will Henry’s tie of 22.13, the duo finishing ninth and 10th, respectively. Rounding out ASU’s competitors in the 200m was sophomore Trae Armstrong at 22.17 for 13th overall.
On the women’s side, freshman Troya Franklin and junior Brianna Tate went head-to-head as the lone competitors in their heat, with Franklin picking up the edge at 24.52 for fifth, and Tate finishing at 24.64 for sixth. Senior Alycia Herring placed second in her heat and 10th with a time of 25.53.
Redshirt junior Amber Pasternak and senior Kelli Gibson both finished in a tie for seventh in the women’s open pole vault, finishing with a height of 3.52m (11-6.50). Gibson’s mark is a new career high, surpassing her previous best of 3.45m (11-3.75).
In the men’s weight throw, redshirt junior Ryan Leslie finished fourth overall with a personal best distance of 16.99m (55-9.00), while redshirt Kyle Lillie followed in sixth with a season best toss of 15.85m (52-0.00).
Redshirt senior Anna Jelmini finished second overall and as the top collegiate competitor in the shot put, throwing a season best toss of 16.86m (55-3.75). Redshirt junior Alex Hartig followed in a tie for fifth overall with a throw of 15.51m (50-10.75), and redshirt Ashley Weber’s throw of 14.15m (46-5.25) placed her in ninth.
Competition at the NAU Invite continues on Saturday, beginning with the men’s invitational pole vault, the men’s long jump, and the women’s high jump at 10 a.m. MT.