TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University track and field teams will send its throwers to UC San Diego’s Triton Invitational on Friday and Saturday at the UCSD Throwing Field and Triton Track & Field Stadium.
Live results for the meet will be available through Flash Results West.
On the women’s side, Jessika Byrd, Ashley Weber, Ginger Jarchow, and Anna Jelmini are set to compete, while Thomas Anderson, Ryan Leslie, Kyle Long, Kyle Lillie, and Michael Ohakwe will represent the men’s team.
MEET EVENT BREAKDOWN
Friday, April 25 (All Times PT)
Women’s Hammer (10 a.m.)
Jessika Byrd, Ashley Weber, Ginger Jarchow
Women’s Discus Invitational (2 p.m.)
Women’s Discus Open (4 p.m.)
Alex Hartig, Ginger Jarchow
Saturday, April 25 (All Times PT)
Men’s Hammer (10 a.m.)
Ryan Leslie, Kyle Lillie, Kyle Long
Women’s Shot Put (11 a.m.)
Alex Hartig, Anna Jelmini, Ashley Weber
Men’s Shot Put Open (1:30 p.m.)
Kyle Lillie, Nathan Estes, Kyle Long
Men’s Shot Put Invitational (4 p.m.)
Men’s Discus Open (4 p.m.)
Michael Ohakwe, Kyle Long, Nathan Estes, Thomas Anderson
LAST TIME OUT
Last week, the Sun Devils competed at the 56th Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif.
Freshman LaTroya Franklin took fifth in the 200m dash with a personal best of 23.53, which leads the team this season, and redshirt sophomore Ryan Herson set a personal best in the 5000m run at 13:44.81, which remains the No. 4 time in school history.
WEST REGION RANKINGS
The top-48 athletes in the west region will qualify for the NCAA Championship Preliminaries, May 29-31, in Fayetteville, Ark.
The men’s team has 22 marks and four relays times ranked in the top-48 in the west, while the women’s team has 21 marks and four of its relays times ranked. See page 8-9 in the notes PDF for a complete rundown.
In this week’s USTFCCA rankings, the men are unranked while the women’s team moved up to No. 20.
THE OUTDOOR RECORD BOOK
ASU track and field saw seven new entrants to the outdoor records books after the three weekends of competition.
Adriana Olivas’ 10,000m run time of 33:55.75 from the Stanford Invite is the new No. 5 time in the ASU record book.
Alex Hartig’s javelin personal best of 45.74m moved her up from No. 5 to No. 3, behind the 2008 marks from Jacquelyn Johnson’s 2008 at 48.58m and Addison McGrath’s at 46.77m.
In the women’s hammer, Jessika Byrd jumped into the books with her toss of 61.10m, good for No. 5 all-time, while Ashley Weber’s throw of 55.46m is good for No. 10 overall.
On the men’s side, Cameron Taylor’s 110m hurdles time of 14.04 sits in a tie at No. 8 with Fair Hooker’s 13.8y time from 1968.
In the 5000m, Ryan Herson set a personal best at the Mt. Sac Relays, finishing at 13:44.81, which remains the No. 4 time in school history.
Ryan Leslie’s hammer throw of 58.20m enters the record books at No. 10 all-time.
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
Up next, the Sun Devils will make the trip down I-10 for the Double Dual versus Arizona and NAU on Saturday, May 3. On Sunday, May 4, members of the distance team will be competing at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.