Oct. 16, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University cross country program sent its runners to two locations Saturday with both meets producing solid results for the Sun Devil harriers. The Sun Devils traveled to Terre Haute, Ind., for the 2004 NCAA Pre-National meet on the same course the NCAA Championships will be conducted nearly one month later while several student-athletes returned to Kiwanis Park in Tempe for the 2004 Canyon West Classic.
In the women's standings at the Pre-National meet, No. 4 Colorado took the title with 94 points while No. 3 Michigan (109), No. 7 ASU (187), No. 20 North Carolina State (207) and No. 17 Michigan State (218) rounded out the Top 5. In all, 36 teams competed in the women's `white' race including nine nationally ranked teams. The Sun Devils were the top team from the Pac-10 schools in the race with Washington taking 16th and Oregon finishing 29th.
Amy Hastings (Jr., Leavenworth, Kan.) again set the pace for the women at the pre-national meet by clocking in at 20:18.5 and finishing third overall. Desiree Davila (Sr., Chula Vista, Calif.) gave ASU its second Top 20 finish of the race by taking 17th at 21:04.0 while Victoria Jackson (Grad., Lake Bluff, Ill.) finished 29th at 21:15.8. Anna Masinelli (Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz.), 52nd at 21:36.5, and Rachel Ellison (Jr., Pasco, Wash.), 86th at 22:01.1, rounded out the team scoring for the Sun Devils. Jessie McLaughlin (Jr., Olympia, Wash.) finished 99th in 22:11.4 while Corey Randall (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) took 123rd in 22:24.7 to complete the women's entries for ASU.
In the men's `blue' race, the No. 15 Sun Devils finished fourth overall with 179 points. No. 6 Colorado led the way with 63 points and were followed by No. 11 Cal Poly-SLO (165), No. 7 Georgetown (172), ASU and No. 13 Air Force (216) in the Top 5. The Sun Devils finished ahead of three teams ranked higher in the national polls, including No. 13 Air Force (5th, 216), No. 10 Butler (7th, 235) and No. 4 Iona (8th, 257). Among Pac-10 schools, the Sun Devils finished ahead of No. 28 Washington (14th) and Washington State (20th).
Individually, Aaron Aguayo (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) paced the Sun Devils with a seventh-place finish at 24:14.1. Following Aguayo was Roger Cahill (Jr., Glendale, Ariz.), 29th at 24:36.9; Velibor Radojevic (So., Belgrade, Serbia), 38th at 24:41.8; Ryan Warrenburg (Jr., Franklin, Ind.), 50th at 24:47.8; and Juan Reyes (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.), 55th at 24:48.9 to finish out the five scorers for the team. Joey Heller (Fr., Phoenix, Ariz.) placed 144th (25:41.9) for ASU while Casey Burchill (Jr., Clovis, Calif.) did not finish the race.
Two Sun Devil women also competed at the pre-national meet by running in the open division. Cassie Rios (Fr., Phoenix, Ariz.) finished 12th overall at 22:11.7 while Brooke Bennett (Fr., Eagar, Ariz.) captured 27th at 22:41.4.
The second meet of the day, the Canyon West Classic held at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, saw one man and five women with ties to the ASU program compete. On the men's side, Carlo Lozano (Fr., Seattle, Wash.) represented the Arizona State `B' team and finished fourth in the collegiate-open race with a time of 26:46.8 over the 8K course.
A pair of current Sun Devils that competed unattached from the team led the way in the women's 5K with Whitney Hardt (Fr., Queen Creek, Ariz.) winning the race (18:45.5) and Jenna Kingma (Fr., San Luis Obispo, Calif.) placing second (19:14.2) in the collegiate-open race. The ASU `B' was represented by three women with Liz Lindgren (Jr., Klamath Falls, Ore.) taking fifth (19:27.9), Katie Murphy (Fr., Scottsdale, Ariz.) finishing 9th (20:54.9) and Jaelle Martinez (Fr., Gilbert, Ariz.) placing 11th (21:30.6). The women did not post a team score since they had only three members running, two short of a competition team.
ASU will take a week off from competition before heading to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park for the 2004 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships, Oct. 23. The meet, which is being hosted by California, will feature a women's 6K race at 9:30 a.m. and a men's 8K circuit at 10:30 a.m.