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T&F Sending Four To NCAA Indoor Championships
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 03/12/2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. -The Arizona State University track and field teams will send four competitors to this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Friday and Saturday, at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

Redshirt senior Ryan Milus and freshman Tatum Benard-Taylor will represent the men’s program while redshirt senior Anna Jelmini and junior Shelby Houlihan will represent the women. 

Live results will be available through the NCAA, while ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 14, beginning at 4:55 p.m. PT and 4:50 p.m. PT on March 15. A tape delay of the championship will air on Saturday, March 22 at 3:30 PT on ESPNU.

MEET DETAILS-2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships
On the men’s side, Ryan Milus and Tatum Benard-Taylor will compete in the 60m dash, while Anna Jelmini is set for the shot put, and Shelby Houlihan will compete in both the mile and the 3,000m.

Milus’ career-best tying mark of 6.60 from the Lumberjack Team Challenge on Jan. 17 placed him at No. 9 in the descending order list, while Benard-Taylor’s 6.63 from the NAU Invite on Jan. 24 placed him at No. 15.

For Jelmini, her shot put mark of 16.92m from the MPSF meet places her at No. 13 on the indoor list, and Houlihan’s 3000m time of 9:05.86 is good for No. 11 in the nation. Houlihan’s mile time of 4:37.52 was at No. 21, but due to medical scratches, she qualified to compete in the event.

Jelmini and Houlihan are the only two repeat qualifiers from last season, as the former placed fifth in the shot and Houlihan took 12th in the 800m run when the Sun Devils made the trek to Fayetteville, Ark. Milus competed in the 60m dash preliminaries in 2012. 

2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

Friday, March 14 (All Times MT)
Women’s Mile Run Semifinals (6:15 p.m.) (Finals on Saturday at 6:10 p.m.)
Shelby Houlihan 

Men’s 60m Dash Semifinals (7:25 p.m.) (Finals on Saturday at 7 p.m.)
Ryan Milus, Tatum Benard-Taylor 

Saturday, March 15 (All Times MT)
Women’s Shot Put Trials & Finals (6 p.m.)
Anna Jelmini

Women’s 3,000m Run Finals (7:55 p.m.)
Shelby Houlihan

The Sun Devils swept second at the MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Washington’s Dempsey Indoor.

The men’s team finished with 93 points, behind California’s total of 96, and the women’s team grabbed 81 points behind USC’s 106. This marks the second consecutive year the women’s team placed second at the MPSF meet.

ASU picked up MPSF titles in four events, with Shelby Houlihan defending her title in the mile, the women’s 4x400m relay team coming back to win with a season-best time, Ryan Milus winning both the 60m and 200m races.

ASU also picked up runner-up performances in the women’s long jump, the women’s shot put, the men’s 200m dash, the men’s 400m dash, and the men’s 4x400m relay.

Through the indoor schedule, ASU boasts top 11 marks from nine freshmen or sophomores on the men’s and women’s teams.

On the men’s side, freshman Bernie Montoya ran 4:07.46 in the mile, redshirt sophomore Ryan Herson clocked in at 8:02.42 in the 3,000m and 14:12.21 in the 5,000m, and sophomore Josh Dixon leads both the long jump and the triple jump with bests of 7.04m and 14.81m. Redshirt freshman Thomas Anderson’s 18.45m in the shot put also leads the Sun Devils.

For the women, sophomore Jasmine Gibbs leads the 60m dash at 7.39, while LaTroya Franklin’s 23.96 in the 200m also leads the Sun Devils. Sophomore Adriana Olivas clocked in at 16:43.13 in the 5,000m, freshman Micha Auzenne’s 60m hurdles time of 8.36 is a squad leader, as is Ashley Weber’s weight throw toss of 17.92m.

Through the indoor slate, the Sun Devils have 22 athletes and three relay teams with 30 active marks in the record book.

Jasmine Gibbs’ personal best in the 60m dash of 7.39 from the MPSF (March 1) meet now sits in a four-way tie for No. 2 all time with Dawnyell Linder (1999), Porchea Carroll (2005), and Asiah Gooden’s 2013 mark. Micha Auzenne’s time of 7.50, also from MPSF, places her at No. 8, while her 60m hurdles time of 8.36 from the Don Kirby Invite (Feb. 14) also sits at No. 8.

Ryan Milus matched his No. 2 mark on the men’s side of the 60m dash when he ran 6.60 at the Lumberjack Team Challenge on Jan. 18, while Tatum Benard-Taylor’s 6.63 from the NAU Invite sits in a tie for fourth with Vince Jones’ 1999 time. Devan Spann’s 60m time from MPSF of 6.76 sits at No. 10.

In the 200m, Milus’ personal best of 21.29 from MPSF sits at No. 8, while Spann’s best of 21.33 is the new No. 10 mark.

On the women’s side of the 200m, LaTroya Franklin’s 24.03 from the Don Kirby Invite sits at No. 10, and Brianna Tate’s 400m time of 53.08 from MPSF sits at No. 3 in the ASU indoor record.

Kala Stone entered the record book, and No. 10, for the first time in her career when she ran the 800m at 2:12.00 at the Husky Classic on Feb. 14. Stone’s mile time at MPSF of 4:47.55 places her at No. 7.

Shelby Houlihan set the school record in the mile at 4:37.52 at the New Mexico Team Invite on Feb. 1, and followed with another school record in the 3,000m, at the Husky Classic, as she ran 9:05.86.

On the men’s side of the 800m, Jesus Rivera moved into No. 8 in the record book with a time of 1:52.00 at the NAU Invite.

Bernie Montoya’s mile time from the Husky Classic of 4:07.46 is the new No. 10 mark, while Ryan Herson moved up to No. 6 in the 3,000m run at 8:02.42 from the MPSF meet.

In the 5,000m, Adriana Olivas ran the No. 8 time of 16:43.13 at the MPSF meet.

Edmond Baker’s high jump mark of 2.08m from the NAU Invite is tied at No. 10 with Deon Mayfield’s mark from 1984, and Thomas Anderson’s shot put toss of 18.45m is the No. 8 mark in the indoor book.

In the men’s weight throw, Ryan Leslie’s toss of 17.85m places him at No. 8 in the book, while the relay team of Keith Cleveland, Devan Spann, Daveon Collins, and Will Henry ran 3:08.03 at the Don Kirby Invite for No. 9 all-time.

Heather Arseneau sits at No. 3 in the all-time pole vault record at 4.21m from the Don Kirby Invite, while Amber Pasternak sits on the list at No. 9 with her mark of 3.71m, also at Don Kirby.

In the shot put, Alex Hartig and Ashley Weber are at No. 9 and No. 10 with marks of 15.51m and 15.36m, respectively. Hartig threw her best at the NAU Invite on Jan. 24 while Weber’s toss came from the Don Kirby Invite.

Weber’s weight throw mark of 17.92m from the NAU Invite sits at No. 8, while Jessika Byrd tossed her best of 17.17m at MPSF.

The 4x400m relay team of Sara McDonald, Sarah Geren, LaTroya Franklin, and Brianna Tate ran 3:35.78 at MPSF for No. 10 on the indoor list, while the DMR team of Kala Stone, Sarah Geren, Chelsey Totten, and Payton Schutte ran the No. 8 mark at MPSF, finishing at 11:34.40.

The USTFCCCA continues to keep its eye on Anna Jelmini, naming her to the Pre-NCAAs edition of the Bowerman Watchlist. The NCAA Outdoor champion in the discus has been named to five Bowerman Watchlist, including this season’s preseason watchlist and February list, a midseason list during her junior campaign, and she was also part of a list during her freshman year in 2011.

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 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., 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.

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.

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 week, the Sun Devils will open the 2014 outdoor slate in Tempe with the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 21-22 at the Sun Angel Track Stadium.

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.


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