Sun Devils light up the track at NAU Open
A week removed from its biggest test of the early season the Arizona State track & field team wasted little time getting back into action in posting several impressive marks at the Northern Arizona University Open in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Saturday.
The men and #17 women combined to win nine events at the Walkup Skydome, despite competing without several of the team’s prime competitors from top-to-bottom.
Sophomore Ryan Milus continued to impress, clocking the fastest times in both the preliminary and final rounds of the 60-meter dash. Milus won his second competition in three races with an altitude-adjusted 6.64 in the final, beating out teammate Daniel Auberry.
Auberry’s runner-up time of 6.67 (altitude-adjusted) is a new career best for the senior and moves him to fourth all-time on ASU’s indoor 60-meter descending order list.
In the men’s 200 meters, Rashad Ross likely opened some eyes in taking the win in an altitude-adjusted time of 21.15. Ross, a member of the ASU football team who joined the track team at the conclusion of the football season, moved to sixth on ASU’s all-time indoor 200m list with the time. The feat was impressive as it was just the second race Ross has run for Arizona State and just his second indoor 200-meter dash, period.
In the men’s high jump, sophomore Bryan McBride continues to improve as he won his second consecutive competition with new career best, both indoors or outdoors, with a clearance of 2.21m (7-3.00). The leap puts McBride fourth on ASU’s all-time indoor list and currently ranks him in the top-10 nationally, barring results from other meets this weekend.
McBride also won the men’s long jump competition with a jump of 7.08m (23-2.75).
Freshman Cameron Taylor improved his already second-best 60-meter hurdles time on ASU’s all-time list again on Saturday in winning the competition with an altitude-adjusted time of 8.00 seconds.
John Kline wrapped up the victories on the men’s side in taking the 800-meter run in a time of 1:50.47.
On the women’s side of things, Christabel Nettey won the women’s long jump with a season’s best mark of 6.08m (19-11.50) to lead a 1-2-3-4 sweep of the event for the Sun Devils. Nettey’s mark also moved her into the top-30 nationally in the event.
Nettey would go on to take second in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.52 for a new season’s best.
Herring would also lead the Sun Devils in a 1-2-3 sweep of the 200-meter dash in winning the event in 24.42 for a new season’s best in beating teammates Kayla Sanchez (24.64) and Asiah Gooden (24.81). All times were adjusted for altitude.
The three Sun Devils were also the top-three collegians in the 60-meter dash, with Gooden taking second behind an unattached Lekeisha Lawson in an altitude-adjusted time of 7.55 for a new season’s best and moving into a tie with Sanchez for seventh on ASU’s all-time 60-meter list.
Sanchez was third in 7.56 while Herring took fourth in 7.61 and moving into the top-10 for the first time in a tie for the eighth-best time in school history.
Andrea Crook won the triple jump event with a leap of 11.63m (38-2.00) to finish out ASU’s victories on the day.
The Sun Devils will return to action across the country next weekend as the squad will split between three separate meets. Some will compete at the Husky Invitational on Friday and Saturday while others will head to Boise, Idaho – host of the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships – for the Boise Team Challenge. Another group will head to the Kirby Invitational on Friday. For continued coverage of the Arizona State track and field program, be sure to follow along at www.TheSunDevils.com.