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Sun Devil track and field continues to impress in Flagstaff

February 05, 2013

**Please note that all times in this release are adjusted for altitude and thus will not match the times on the official results

Derick Hinch became just the second Sun Devil in school history to clear 18 feet indoors in the pole vault as the Arizona State track and field teams wrapped up another productive weekend of competition at the Mountain T's Invitational in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Hinch, a 2012 All-American outdoors in to pole vault, won Saturday’s competition with a new career-best leap of 5.50m (18-00.50) for the No. 5 ASU men in what will rank as one of the top-10 marks in the country by the end of the weekend.  It was the second-best mark in ASU history and made Hinch just the second Sun Devil outside of Olympic gold medalist Nick Hyson to accomplish the feat.

Christabel Nettey saw an improvement for the third consecutive weekend in the long jump as she soared a new seasonal best, 6.35m (20-10.00), for the second best leap of her indoor career and a mark that should move her within the top-10 nationally for the No. 20 Sun Devil women when the weekend is over.

Chelsea Cassulo continued to improve in the weight throw with her second career-best in as many weeks with a mark of 20.50m (67-03.25) that was nearly 10 feet better than her closest competition and good for the fourth-best mark in ASU history.

In the sprints, Sarah Geren demolished her previous career best at 400 meters to take home the quarter-mile crown with a time of 54.88 that was over three seconds quicker than any of her competitors. Geren’s previous indoor best was 56.10.

On the men’s side, Will henry clocked a time of 47.93 for the fastest time of his season and a runner-up finish at 400 meters.

At 60 meters, Asiah Gooden showed how much she likes running in Flagstaff as she took the short dash title in a new career best in 7.41 seconds – improving upon her second-ranked time in ASU history from earlier this season at NAU.

Ryan Milus checked in with a new season’s best in a time of 6.71 to run the fastest time of the preliminary round of the 60-meter dash and was the runner-up in the finals with exactly the same time.

Keia Pinnick helped ASU swept the hurdle events as she took first in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.32 – over a tenth of a second better than her competition.  That mark paved the way for Cameron Taylor who set a new career-best in a time of 7.94 in the preliminary rounds and went on to win the final in 7.98. Taylor’s prelim time improved upon his second-place hold in ASU’s record books in the event.

Pinnick would go on to win the 200-meter event as well in a time of 24.12 for the ninth-fastest time in the event in ASU’s indoor history. Pinnick led a sweep in the event with teammate Brianna Tate taking second in 24.38.

Both mile relays were also victorious on Saturday with the women winning in 3:48.55 and the men taking first in 3:18.65.

In the women’s shot put, junior Anna Jelmini continued her streak of consistency as she neared her seasonal best with a throw of 16.54m (54-03.25) to win the event.

In the vertical jumps, Bryan McBride cleared seven feet for the first time this season with a leap of 2.14m (7-00.25) to take second in the event while Shaylah Simpson had a new seasonal best in the pole vault with a clearance of 4.05m (13-03.50) to finish as the top collegian in the field and third overall.

The Sun Devils will return to action in a busy weekend next week with some individuals heading the Husky Invitational in Seattle while other will take part in the Kirby Invite in Albuquerque, N.M.