Feb. 8, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. - Two current members of the Arizona State cross country and track and field programs traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., Sunday to compete in the 2004 USA Cross Country Championships with one harrier missing a spot on the junior national team by one place. Both Kal Clark (Fr., Louisville, Ky.) and Ian Chestnut (Fr., Spokane, Wash.) ran in the junior men's 8,000m race while several other alums to the Sun Devil distance program competed in the national meet as well.
Clark, who was a fixture in the starting seven for Walt Drenth's cross country team this fall as a true freshman, completed the course in 24:37 and capturing seventh place. Unfortunately for Clark, only the Top 6 finishers earn a spot on the USA Junior National Team. The sixth-place time was 24:28, just nine seconds ahead of Clark. Chestnut, who redshirted for the harriers in 2003 season, ran the circuit in 27:07 to place 38th in the field.
Four former Sun Devil standouts competed in the open 4,000m run, with Lisa Aguilera leading the charge. As was the case for Clark, Aguilera finished just out of the Top 6, taking eighth with a time of 13:08. Sixth place was 13:05. Aguilera was joined in the race by alums Brianna Torres (18th at 13:43), Kelly MacDonald (19th at 13:45) and Priscilla Hein (27th at 14:10). Torres also competed in the open 8,000m run on Saturday and finished 12th in a time of 28:42. On the men's side, Fasil Bizuneh, the only Sun Devil man to earn All-America honors in cross country twice in a career, ran in the open 12,000m run and finished 19th overall (36:36).