Track & field records big marks at Tucson Elite Throws
The second of two days of competition at the 2010 Tucson Elite Throws Classic came to a close on Saturday night at Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., with several members of the Arizona State University track and field team posting solid marks in their final tune-up before the national collegiate meets get underway next week.
The men’s shot put once again saw solid marks from the Sun Devils as Ryan Whiting was second in 21.63m (70-11.75) and Jordan Clarke was fifth at 18.54m (60-10.00). For Whiting, the toss marked the sixth time this season he has recorded a mark of 70-feet or more and the eighth of his career, both of which are records in the collegiate ranks. Clarke also made history as he recorded a personal-best in the event, improving by 8.25 inches. Jason Lewis competed in a pair of events for the men as he placed seventh in the discus with a toss of 58.87m (193-1) before taking eighth in the hammer with a mark of 66.73m (218-11).
On the women’s side, Cj Navarro took ninth in the discus with a mark of 47.51m (155-10) while redshirting freshman Anna Jelmini was fourth with a toss of 60.80m (199-5), which stands as a personal-best toss and ranks 16th in the world this year. Jelmini also competed in the shot put, taking fourth place with a toss of 16.17m (53-00.75).
Thirty-five Sun Devils, including Whiting, Lewis, Clarke and Navarro, will travel to Austin, Texas, next week to compete in the NCAA Preliminary Round West Site meet that will be held Thursday through Saturday. The Top 12 in each event will advance to Eugene, Ore., June 9-12 to compete in the NCAA Championships.