TEMPE, Ariz. -The Arizona State University track and field teams will take its first trip out of the state of Arizona this weekend, traveling to Albuquerque, N.M., for the New Mexico Team Invite on Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Live results will be available through liverunningresults.com, and the Sun Devil’s track and field twitter account @SunDevilTFXC will also have updates throughout the meet.
ASU joins host New Mexico, the Air Force Academy, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, TCU, UCLA, and Utah State at this weekend’s meet, which will be scored in a team format with the top-eight places receiving points in the order of 10,8,6,5,4,3,2,1.
The Sun Devils are the only squad to have both their men’s and women’s teams in the USTFCCA Top-25 rankings this week, with the men’s team at No. 11 and the women at No. 22.
LSU’s women’s squad is ranked at No. 8, while Nebraska’s men’s team is ranked at No. 9.
Per New Mexico’s schedule, the field events are set to begin at 9:30 a.m. MT with the women’s weight throw. The men’s 60m hurdles preliminary races will kick off the running events at 12:15 p.m. MT.
MEET EVENT BREAKDOWN
Saturday, Feb. 1 (All Times MT)
Men’s High Jump (10 a.m.)
Women’s Pole Vault (11 a.m.)
Shaylah Simpson, Heather Arseneau, Amber Pasternak
Women’s Long Jump (11 a.m.)
Micha Auzenne, Jasmine Gibbs, Alycia Herring
Men’s Pole Vault (2 p.m.)
Tanner Greeley, Dillon Groener, Chris Manuele, Derick Hinch
Men’s Triple Jump (2:30 p.m)
Jordan Benesh, Josh Dixon
Track Events (All Times Approximate)
Men’s 60m Hurdles Prelims (12:15 p.m., finals At 1:25 p.m.)
Women’s 60m Hurdles Prelims (12:35 p.m., finals at 1:40 p.m.)
Men’s 60m Prelims (12:45 p.m., finals at 2:25 p.m.)
Ryan Milus, Tatum Benard-Taylor, Trae Armstrong, Marcus Setoki
Women’s 60m Prelims (12:50 p.m., finals at 2:35 p.m.)
Asiah Gooden, Micha Auzenne, LaTroya Franklin, Alycia Herring, Jasmine Gibbs
Women’s Mile (1:10 p.m.)
Shaina Corbin, Shelby Houlihan, Payton Schutte, Kala Stone, Chelsey Totten, Chiara Warner
Men’s 400m (1:55 p.m.)
William Henry and Keith Cleveland
Women’s 400m (2:10 p.m.)
Brianna Tate, Sara McDonald
Men’s 800m (2:50 p.m.)
Blake Elliott, Kyle Elliott, Trevor Landry, Jesus Rivera
Men’s 200m (3:25 p.m.)
Tatum Benard-Taylor, Trae Armstrong, Marcus Setoki
Women’s 200m (3:40)
LaTroya Franklin and Alycia Herring
Men’s 4x400m (4:25 p.m.)
Keith Cleveland, Trae Armstrong, Devan Spann, Will Henry
Women’s 4x400m (4:35 p.m.)
Sara McDonald, LaTroya Franklin, Sarah Geren, Brianna State, Alycia Herring
LAST TIME OUT
The Sun Devils continued their dominance in the relays last week as the team made its second trip to Flagstaff in two weeks for the NAU Invite.
The team of Keith Cleveland, Devan Spann, Daveon Collins, and Will Henry won the men’s race in 3:15.08. On the women’s side, the team of Sara McDonald, Alycia Herrying, LaTroya Franklin, and Brianna Tate won in 3:41.42.
Shelby Houlihan made her indoor debut at the NAU meet, running the 800m in 2:08.46 for first place. Houlihan owns the indoor school record, finishing in 2:04.94 a season ago.
In pole vault action, Heather Arseneau jumped a career-best 4.10m (13-05.25), besting her 2013 mark of 4.05m (13-03.50). The clearance moves her to the third-highest jump in program history. Arseneau finished in fifth overall, and as the top collegiate competitor. Shaylah Simpson cleared a season-best 3.85m (12-7.75) for a tie for ninth overall.
In the men’s 60m, Tatum Benard-Taylor won the collegiate finals in 6.59, while Ryan Milus followed in 6.63.
Thomas Anderson’s personal best shot put toss of 18.40m (60-4.50) is the eighth-furthest mark in program history.
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.
Ryan Milus and Tatum Benard-Taylor currently have qualifying times in the 60m, with Milus’ time of 6.60 (altitude adjusted) from the Lumberjack Team Challenge on Jan. 17 placing him in a tie for fifth. Benard-Taylor ran 6.63 (altitude adjusted) at the NAU Invitational on Jan. 24, which places him in a tie for seventh. Texas A&M’s Prezel Hardy Jr. clocked the nation-leading time of 6.56 at the Texas A&M 10 Team Invitational on Jan. 17.
Shelby Houlihan’s 800m time of 2:08.46 (altitude adjusted) from the NAU Invite places her in 13th in the nation. Oregon’s Laura Roesler clocked in a 2:01.32 at the Rod McCravy Memorial Track and Field Meet on Jan. 24, which is the nation’s current top time.
In the shot put, Anna Jelmini’s season-best toss of 16.86m (55-3.75) at the NAU Invite is at No. 4 in the nation. Christina Hillman from Iowa State threw the current nation-leading distance of 17.51m at the ISU Holiday Preview on Dec. 6.
ON THE CUSP
Brianna Tate’s 400m dash time of 54.32 (altitude adjusted) from the Lumberjack Team Challenge places her at No. 21 on the indoor list. Penn State’s Dynasty McGee currently owns the No. 16 time in the nation at 54.07, while Oregon’s Phyllis Francis ran the current top time of 52.14 at the Rod McCravy Memorial Track and Field Meet.
Heather Arseneau’s career-best pole vault mark of 4.10m (13-5.25) from the NAU Invitational places her in a tie for 21st overall. The mark that sits as a multi-way tie for 15th is 4.15m (13-7.25). The national leader, Alysha Newman of Miami jumped 4.31m (14-1.75) on Jan. 24. In program history, ASU has had one pole vaulter clear 14-feet or higher, as national champion April Kubishta topped 4.30m (14-01.25) in 2008.
After two meets this season, ASU boasts top marks from seven freshmen or sophomores on the men’s and women’s teams.
On the men’s side, redshirt sophomore Daniel Wong owns ASU’s current speediest mile time in 4:20.03, while sophomore Josh Dixon is ASU’s leader in both the long jump (6.80m) and triple jump (14.49m). Redshirt freshman Thomas Anderson threw the eighth-best distance in program history in the shot put last week, marking 18.40m.
For the women, sophomore Jasmine Gibbs’ time of 7.42 in the 60m is the current team leader, while freshman Chiara Warner ran 5:08.34 in the mile in ASU’s season opener on Jan. 18. Freshman Micha Auzenne leads in the 60m hurdles with her time of 8.54, and redshirt freshman Ashley Weber leads the Sun Devils in the weight throw with a toss of 17.92m.
IN THE RANKINGS: USTFCCCA TOP 25
The Sun Devil men’s team executed the third-highest jump in the USTFCCA Top-25 this week, moving to No. 11 in the nation from No. 21. The women’s side also rose as well, moving up from No. 23 to No. 22. The next USTFCCCA poll comes out on Feb. 4.
SUN DEVILS IN THE TOP-10
Two weeks into the season, and 10 Sun Devils have made their mark in the top-10 of the Arizona State indoor record books.
Ryan Milus’ season-opening time of 6.60(aa) ranks at No. 2 in the all-time 60m list, matching the time he also ran in 2012. On the women’s side, Jasmine Gibbs’ time of 7.46(aa) is tied for fifth with Tiffany Greer (2002). Also in the 60m dash, Tatum Benard-Taylor’s time of 6.63(aa) from the NAU Invite (Jan. 24) ranks at No. 4, tied with Vince Jones, who ran the same time in 1999.
On the women’s side of the 60m hurdles, Micha Auzenne’s time of 8.58(aa) sits at No. 7 all-time for the Maroon and Gold.
In the women’s pole vault, Heather Arseneau’s career-best clearance of 4.10m sits at No. 3 all-time, surpassing her previous No. 4 mark of 4.05 from 2013.
Edmond Baker’s high jump mark of 2.08m is No. 10 overall, and ties with Deon Mayfield’s mark from 1984.
ASU has two new entrants into the shout put top-10, with Alex Hartig’s mark of 15.51m placing her in 10th, while Thomas Anderson’s mark of 18.40m sets him in eighth for the men’s side.
Ashley Weber’s weight throw toss of 17.92m is the No. 8 mark in the record books, while Ryan Leslie’s mark of 16.99m places him in 10th overall.
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 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.
NEXT TIME OUT
Next week, the Sun Devils will split up for the first time this season, with a portion of the team traveling to Flagstaff for the third time this year for the Mt. T Invitational on Feb. 7-8. On the same days, the rest of the team will travel to College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational.
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.