Mt. SAC Relays await ASU track & field
Following another highly successful Sun Angel Track Classic in Tempe, the Arizona State University track and field program will hit the road this weekend as many of the Sun Devils are set to compete in the 52nd Mt. SAC Relays on Friday and Saturday. Mt. San Antonio College will play host to the event at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif.
The Sun Devil men used a solid showing at the 31st Sun Angel Track Classic over the weekend to move up four positions in the April 13 release of the USTFCCCA Top 25 rankings as they are now No. 6 in the nation after sitting 10th last week. The women are not ranked. In the Top 4 of the rankings for the men, Florida continues to lead the way with Texas A&M, Oregon and Texas Tech remaining in the same order from last week. The women's Top 4 also remained unchanged this week with Texas A&M, Oregon, LSU and Florida State holding onto those positions once again.
On top of the world
Ryan Whiting continued to climb closer to the collegiate record mark of 22.00m over the weekend as he easily won the shot put at the Sun Angel Track Classic with a toss of 21.71m (71-02.75). The world leader heading into the meet, Whiting's improvement kept him on top of the world as the next closest competitor is Andrei Mikhnevich (Belarus), who was the leader at 21.04m thrown on March 20. Whiting's mark not only broke his own school record for the second time this year, it also took down the venue and meet record of 21.52m that Brian Oldfield threw 28 years ago at the Sun Angel Track Classic.
For his accomplishments over the weekend, Ryan Whiting as selected as the Pac-10 Men's Field Athlete of the Week. Along with his outstanding mark in the shot put, Whiting also posted a toss of 56.94m in the discus at the Mesa Classic on April 9, a mark that stands currently as the 10th-best in the NCAA.
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) announced its annual list of MPSF All-Academic honorees for the indoor season with 13 Sun Devil men and eighth women named to the list. The men honored included Brandon Bethke, Ian Caracciolo, Ben Engelhardt, Kyle Fugit, Duggan Grant, Justin Kremer, Jason Lewis, Jeremy Marcinko, Mason McHenry, Jamie Sandys, Michael Stokes, Lawrence Trice and Ryan Whiting while the women's honorees included Courtney Golden, Ashley Lampley, Dominique' Maloy, Cherise McNair, Cj Navarro, Lisa Navarro, Lisa Nelson and Ashley Wimmer.
Jason Lewis had another strong weekend in the throws as he improved his season-best marks in a pair of events, including the hammer and the discus on the same day at two different meets. First up, Lewis won the premiere section of the hammer at the Sun Angel Track Classic with a toss of 67.07m before he traveled over to the nearby Mesa Classic, where he was second in the discus with a toss of 58.85m. Both marks currently rank seventh overall in the NCAA while his toss in the discus ranks fifth-best in the history of the ASU program.
A trio of sprinters also had a solid weekend as the three posted fast times in the 400m dash while also posting a top time in the 4x400m relay. Individually, Donald Sanford ran 45.72, Joel Phillip ran 46.32 and Justin Kremer ran 46.97 in the premiere section with Sanford beating everyone except Lancford Davis, the Jamaican 4x400m World Indoor Championships member that ran 45.45. Currently, Sanford ranks 12th in the world while standing fourth in the NCAA while Phillip is 13th in the collegiate ranks. The trio, along with Ray Miller, closed out the meet with a winning time of 3:05.94 in the 4x400m relay, posting the eighth-best time in the college ranks.
More in the Top 20
The Sun Devils have six other marks/times that rank among the Top 20 nationally, including five that were attained at the Sun Angel Track Classic. For the women, Jasmine Chaney ran 58.01 in the 400m hurdles to record the fifth-best time in program history and also improve to No. 11 on the NCAA lists and No. 20 on the world lists for this season while Christabel Nettey jumped to 14th overall in the nation in the long jump with a mark of 6.28m. On the men's side, the 4x100m relay ran 39.60 to move into 10th while Brandon Bethke moved into 14th in the 1,500m run with his win in the 1,500m run (3:43.77) and Nectaly Barbosa took over the No. 20 spot nationally in the 800m run with a time of 1:49.49.
Sun Angel produces
At the 31st Sun Angel Track Classic, the action was outstanding as 23 different marks recorded in Tempe ranked among the Top 20 on the world lists this season with four of those marks recorded by former Sun Devil women and three total by current Sun Devils. On the track, Charonda Williams ran 11.34 in the 100m dash and 22.97 in the 200m dash to post a pair of Top 10 times, including the 10th-best in the 100m and the second-best in the 200m. Also on the track, meet honoree Desiree Davila clocked a personal-best time of 15:55.81 to run the 15th-best time in the world and also lower the meet and venue record in the 5,000m run. Sarah Stevens improved her standing on the world list to No. 10 in the shot put with her personal-best toss of 18.23m.
Leaders of the Pac(-10)
Four men's marks are currently the best in the Pac-10 as the Conference meet is just under one month out. On the track, Donald Sanford's time of 45.72 leads the field in the 400m dash while the team of Michael Stokes, Allante Battle, Lawrence Trice and Ray Miller combined to run 39.60 in the 4x100m relay, the only time under 40 seconds so far this year in the Pac-10. In the field, Ryan Whiting is the run-away leader in the shot put with his toss of 21.71m while Jason Lewis leads the hammer with his toss of 67.07m.
Whiting and Lewis not only lead the league in an individual event, but also rank among the Top 3 in another as well with their marks in the discus. Currently, Lewis is second in the event with a mark of 58.85m while Whiting is third at 56.94m. Both men attained those marks at the Mesa Classic last week.
Chaney leading the way
Looking at the Top 3 marks in all events in the Pac-10, only three Sun Devils appear with Jasmine Chaney on the list in three different events. Chaney is currently second in the 200m dash at 23.44 and the 400m hurdles at 58.01 while standing in a tie for third in the 100m hurdles at 13.50.
World report: take three
On March 28, former Sun Devil All-American Amy Hastings represented the U.S. at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, where the American women finished third overall as a team to capture the team's first medal since 2003. Hastings was the fourth finisher for Team USA, covering the 8,000m course in 26:20 to finish 25th overall. This most recent race was Hastings' third at the world level in cross country as she also had competed in the 2008 senior meet (68th) and the 2003 junior world meet (20th).
Heading into the outdoor season, one Sun Devil returns to competition as the defending national champion and that is Ryan Whiting in the men's shot put. The senior captured his first outdoor title last year in Fayetteville, Ark., and the middle of what is three in a row overall (2009 indoor, 2009 outdoor, 2010 indoor). Whiting won the competition with a heave of 20.11m (65-11.75) and gave him a sweep of the indoor and outdoor crowns, marking the 18th time in the past 45 years a man has accomplished the sweep. He is the 12th different man to do so and the first since 2007.
More on Whiting
With his indoor shot put championship back in March, Ryan Whiting now has four total NCAA titles in the event, including a three-peat in the indoor event and one outdoors. In the history of the shot put at the NCAA meets, Whiting is currently tied for fifth all-time with Carl Myerscough (Nebraska), who won two indoors and two outdoors, and a title outdoors this year for Whiting would move him into a three-way tie for third-most with Hans Hogland (UTEP) and Janus Robberts (SMU). Whiting concluded his indoor campaign with three titles, making him one of four men to win at least three in a career. Should he win the outdoor title this year, his two crowns would tie him 11 other men that won twice and make him the 19th man to win two or more in a career.
Returning All-Americans: men
Three men return for their senior seasons after earning All-America honors outdoors. Ryan Whiting is back to defend his shot put title and improve upon his second-place finish in the discus while Jason Lewis, the only man in the nation last year to qualify for all three weight events outdoors, is back after sixth-place showings in the discus and hammer. Brandon Bethke also is back after taking fourth place in the 5,000m run.
Returning All-Americans: women
Four women that earned All-America honors last year are back this season, including two with individual honors. On the track, the returning All-Americans include Jasmine Chaney (4x100m and 4x400m relay), Dominique' Maloy (200m, 4x100m and 4x400m relay) and Kayla Sanchez (4x100m relay) while the lone returning field event All-American is Cj Navarro (discus).
Next time out
The final home meet of the season will be next up for the Sun Devils as they play host to the Sun Devil Open on Saturday, April 24. That same day, several members of the team also will compete in the Triton Classic in La Jolla, Calif.