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Track and field shines at Sun Devil Open

April 26, 2010

The final home meet of the season came to a close on Saturday night in Tempe as the Arizona State University track and field program played host to the Sun Devil Open and won 11 total events in the meet, including eight by the women. Although the women’s relays ran unopposed, junior Jasmine Chaney was on the track for four races and came away with four victories to pace the Sun Devils in their fourth and final home meet of 2010.

Chaney, one of the top hurdle athletes on the team, stuck to straight sprints this weekend and won both the 100m and 200m dashes individually. In the 100m, she clocked in at 11.56, which is just 0.03 off the 10th-fastest time in school history. She came back later in the night to run the 200m dash and won that with a time of 23.58. Although no other teams lined up, the Sun Devil women still ran both relays and got the stick around both times to win the 4x100m relay in a season-best 45.61 and the 4x400m relay in 3:40.86. Chaney was on both relays with Dominique’ Maloy and Kayla Sanchez while the 4x100m also had Christabel Nettey and the 4x400m had Keia Pinnick.

Pinnick was another individual winner for the women as she captured the top spot in the 400m hurdles by running a personal-best 59.44 to record the ninth-fastest time in school history and become just the 10th woman to run faster than 60-seconds in the event. The final win on the track came in the 3,000m steeplechase as senior Chelsea Caloia closed out her final home appearance with a winning time of 11:33.10.

In the field, ASU took top honors in a pair of events, including both vertical events. Samantha Henderson and Elyse Weitz both cleared 1.65m (5-05.00) in the high jump, but Henderson was declared the winner by virtue of fewer misses in the event. In the pole vault, Cara Carpenter cleared 3.77m (12-04.50) to win for the Sun Devils.

On the men’s side, senior Lawrence Trice had a fine showing in his final home meet as he won the 100m dash in 10.44 and came back to take second in the 200m with a time of 21.18. Both times are personal-bests for Trice. Back in the field, fellow senior Jeremy Egboro won the triple jump with a mark of 14.73m (48-04.00) while sophomore Marc Peck took the javelin with a toss of 62.50m (205-1).

Overall, the Sun Devil women recorded 20 finishes in the Top 3, including five runner-up showings and seven third-place finishes. The men recorded nine total, including five finishes in second place and one for third.

The Double Dual, the annual battle between ASU, Arizona and Northern Arizona, will take place next weekend in Tucson on May 1 to mark the close of the regular season for the Sun Devils. The Pac-10 heptathlon and decathlon championships will be held at California the following weekend (May 8-9) with the remaining events contested in three weeks (May 15-16), also in Berkeley, Calif.