Nov. 13, 2004
FRESNO, Calif. - Record performances by the Arizona State University cross country teams highlighted the teams' trip to the 2004 NCAA West Region Championships with bot the men and the women capturing second place finishes at the meet held inside Woodland Park in Fresno, Calif., Saturday. With their respective Top 2 finishes, the Sun Devils have automatically qualified for the 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships to be contested Nov. 22.
The women earned a spot in the NCAA Championships for the seventh time in school history and also the seventh year in a row while the men will be making their third appearance in the national race and their first since the 2001 race. Although the men and women have qualified for the national meet in the same year two other times, the 2004 event will mark the first time in school history that both squads have automatically qualified in the same season. Overall, the women earned their third automatic berth to the NCAA Championships while the men recorded their first.
Both Sun Devil squads set broke the school record for low points in a regional meet as they finished second in their respective team races with Pac-10 rival Stanford claiming both championship titles. The ASU women tallied 45 points to Stanford's 29 while the Sun Devil men's 68 points were 19 off the winning total of 49 for Stanford. For the women, the 45 points betters the previous record of 70 set in the 2002 race that saw ASU also finished second as a team. The men's 68 points beats the 92 points recorded in 1999 when the team finished third and also marks just the second time in school history the men have broken 100 points at the regional meet.
The women were led by the runner-up finish of 2004 Pac-10 Champion Amy Hastings, who covered the 6K course in 20:14. She was followed across the line by a duo of Top 10 finishers in Desiree Davila (4th at 20:36) and Victoria Jackson (6th at 20:45). Anna Masinelli (14th at 21:09) and Jessica Crate (19th at 21:19) not only rounded out the scoring for the Sun Devils, but also joined the first three finishers as recipients of all-region honors by placing among the Top 25 in the meet. Rachel Ellison (26th at 21:25) nearly earned the regional accolade, placing one spot out of the honor while Cassie Rios completed the Sun Devils' seven entries with a 57th place finish (22:13).
Aaron Aguayo again paced the men to their record-setting run as he traversed the 10K course in 30:23 to finish fourth overall. Juan Reyes also took a Top 10 finish by placing seventh overall (30:38) with Casey Burchill (15th at 30:50), Velibor Radejovic (17th at 30:58) and Ryan Warrenburg (25th at 31:12) each scoring for the team and joining Aguayo and Reyes by earning all-region honors with their respective Top 25 finishes in the race. Kal Clark (43rd at 31:44) and Roger Cahill (46th at 31:46) rounded out the entrants for the Sun Devils.
In nine days, the Sun Devils will toe the starting line of the 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. The women will lead things off with a 6K race starting at 11 a.m. while the men close out the festivities at the Wabash Valley Sports Center with their 10K race starting at 12:15 p.m.