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Stevens-Walker wraps world meet in Daegu


August 29, 2011

Former Arizona State University track and field standout Sarah Stevens-Walker finished up her competition at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Aug. 28, with an 11th-place finish in Group A of the shot put competition preliminary rounds.

Stevens-Walker, a 2009 graduate and two-time national champion as a Sun Devil, sent her third attempt of the qualifying competition 17.20m (56-5 1/4) for her best mark of the day.  The throw was good for 11th in her qualifying group and the 20th-best throw of the day but was not enough to advance her to the finals in the competition, set to take place tomorrow.

It was the second World Championship appearence for Stevens-Walker, who tallied 15 All-America accolades during her pretiguous intercollegiate career at ASU.

The Sun Devils still have five other former student-athletes set to compete at this year's championships.  Recently graduated Jasmine Cheney will get things going tomorrow with 400-meter hurdle preliminary rounds.  Former distance great Amy Hastings will run in the 5,000-meter heat races on Tuesday while Dwight Phillips will look to defend his world championship in the long jump on Wednesday alongside Trevell Quinley in the same event.  Multiple-time NCAA national champion Ryan Whiting will also be in action in the shot put competition on Wednesday as well.

Be sure to follow along at thesundevils.com for a complete recap of all Sun Devil performances at the 2011 IAAF World Championships.