Track and field travels to Tucson
After two consecutive weekends of home competition, five members of the Arizona State University track and field program will venture away from the friendly confines this week as two women and three men will take part in the Jim Click Multi-Events meet being held at Drachman Stadium on the Arizona campus in Tucson this Thursday and Friday. The women will compete in the two-day, seven-event heptathlon while the men will take part in the two-day, 10-event decathlon.
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Those individuals competing in Tucson this week including heptathletes Samantha Henderson and Keia Pinnick and decathletes Jeremy Marcinko, Austin Prince and Jamie Sandys. Henderson was successful in the heptathlon for near-by Mesa Community College where she was a two-time outdoor NJCAA All-American with a pair of third-place finishes at the national meet. She scored a career-best 4,959 points at the 2009 NJCAA meet to earn the fourth JUCO All-America honor of her career. Pinnick will be competing in her first heptathlon since posting a score of 5,052 to win the 2009 Illinois Prep Top Times Multi Event Championships in Chicago. For the men, Sandys will look to build on his personal-best score of 6,202 that placed him 12th at the Pac-10 Championships last year while Marcinko carries a best of 6,126 from the Big Green in the Desert Multis held last year in Scottsdale where he competed unattached to ASU. Prince will be competing in his first decathlon.
Five schools will be represented in the multi-event portion of the Jim Click meet in Tucson this week with athletes competing for ASU, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas State and Notre Dame.
World report: he's number 1
Ryan Whiting opened up his senior outdoor season in a big way over the weekend at the ASU Invitational as the defending NCAA champion launched the shot put 21.25m (69-08.75) to not only win the event by over 12-feet, but also take over the top spot on the world lists and better his own school record that he set last year with a toss of 20.99m. Only the second man to put the shot over 21-meters this outdoor season, Whiting overtook Andrei Mikhnevich (Belarus), who was the leader at 21.04m thrown on March 20.
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).
The USTFCCCA released the preseason rankings for the outdoor season on Wednesday with the Sun Devil men coming at No. 9 on the list while the women are not among the Top 25. The men's Top 4 teams are Florida, Texas A&M, Oregon and Florida State while the women's Top 4 is Texas A&M, Oregon, LSU and Florida.
Among the Top 10
Following the ASU Invitational last weekend, the Sun Devils currently hold six total marks that rank among the Top 10 in the NCAA, including five held by the men. Two weeks ago at the Baldy Castillo Invitational, Jasmine Chaney ran 23.44 in the 200m dash to record the third-best time in the nation while Jeff Helmer ran 8:13.21 in the 3,000m run to turn in the second-best time this season (the 3,000m run is not contested at the NCAA Championships). Last week, at the ASU Invitational, the men's 4x100m relay turned the eighth-best time of 40.12 while Whiting's shot put toss was accompanied by to Top 10 marks recorded by Jason Lewis in the discus and hammer (see below).
Lewis lets it fly
Just as Ryan Whiting had a big day in his opening outdoor meet of the season, fellow thrower Jason Lewis also posted an impressive debut as he won both events he entered, the discus and the hammer. First up, Lewis was the victor in the hammer with his toss of 66.15m before he won the discus with a toss of 56.24m. So far this year, Lewis' mark in the hammer ranks as the fourth-best in the NCAA while his discus toss stands ninth.
Two men and three women with ties to the ASU program currently hold marks that rank them among the Top 20 in the world. Along with Ryan Whiting's world-leading shot put mark, Trevell Quinely is the only other man on the list as he stands 12th in the long jump at 7.79m. On the women's side, current Devil Jasmine Chaney is 14th in the 200m dash at 23.44 and tied for 18th in the 100m hurdles in 13.50 while Anna Jelmini, who is redshirting this season, is 15th in the shot put with a toss of 17.27m. Former Sun Devil Charonda Williams opened her season last weekend at the Stanford Invitational and ran 23.06 in the 200m dash and 11.38 in the 100m dash, which currently ranks her second and seventh in the world, respectively.
Next time out
The Sun Devils will play host to the 31st Sun Angel Track Classic on April 8-10 at Sun Angel Stadium in Tempe. The high school portion of the meet will be held mostly on Thursday, April 8 while the collegiate hammer will be contested on April 9. Then, on April 10, all other collegiate events will be held, as will several selected finals of the high school meet. Several Sun Devils also will compete at the Mesa Classic at Mesa CC on April 9.