Sun Devils wrap up Olympic track and field trials

July 3, 2012

Competition concluded for Sun Devils past and present on Saturday night as the final Arizona State alumni and student-athletes finished competition at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore. 

In her first appearance at a U.S. championship, junior Keia Pinnick finished the heptathlon competition with a strong 13th-place finish overall with 5,752 points.  Over the course of the two day event, Pinnick set a new career-best in the high jump with a clearance of 1.69m (5-06.50) and also posted a heptathlon personal best of 6.02m (19-09.00).  Download Full Image

Pinnick rounded out the competition by winning the 800-meter portion of the event with a time of 2:11.98.

In other action at Hayward Field on Saturday, senior Chris Benard wrapped up his career as a Sun Devil with an 11th-place finish in the men’s triple jump and a leap of 16.00m (52-06.00).  Benard finished his career as a two-time All-American (two first team, one second team) and holds the school record in both the indoor and outdoor triple jump.

Friday’s competition saw several Sun Devils in action as well, beginning with Sarah Stevens-Walker.  The 15-time All-American took fifth overall in the women’s shot put competition with a throw of 17.97m (58-11.50) in an extremely competitive field that saw six competitors over the 58-foot mark. 

For Stevens-Walker, that throw was not quite enough to crack the America throwing squad and she will not advance to London.

Another alumnus just missing out on Friday was Lisa Aguilera in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase.  Aguilera was fifth overall as well in a time of 9:41.85 and was just six seconds shy of the third and final qualifying spot.

In the women’s 400-meter hurdle semifinal, alumnus Latosha Wallance came as close to advancing as she could possibly get without moving on after finishing ninth overall in 55.78 – just one thousandth of a second off the time needed for the eighth and final spot for Sunday’s final. 

Alumnus Charonda Williams also failed to advance in the 200-meter semifinal after clocking the 13th-best time in 22.98.   Williams did, however, make it to the semifinals of both the 100 and 200-meter runs in a field stacked with premiere athletes. 

At the Canadian Olympic trials, junior Christabel Nettey finished second overall with her wind-aided jump of 6.44m (21-01.50).  Nettey, however, does not have the Olympic ‘A’ Standard in the event and will not advance to London despite the finish. 

No Sun Devils are slated to compete on Sunday, which is the final day of the U.S. Trials.  With that in mind, the team will be sending four alumni to London next month.  Desiree Davila was the first to punch her ticket back in January with her qualification in the marathon.  At the U.S. Trials, shot putter Ryan Whiting, 10,000m specialist Amy Hastings and steeplechase Kyle Alcorn all made the roster heading to London.

Current parking permit holders: renew permit now through July 15

July 3, 2012

Each year, current parking permit holders have the opportunity to renew their permits for the upcoming academic year. Now through July 15, permit holders (with the exception of residence hall permit holders) can secure their same parking location for 2012-13. Permit holders can simply renew online through MyParking Online Services.

All permit holders who wish to renew must do so no later than July 15. Customers who do not renew may purchase a 2012-13 permit during the New Sales period, which begins July 16. However, a permit holder’s current, preferred permit location may not be available during the New Sales period if it is not renewed during the Renewal period. 2012-13 permits that are renewed online will be mailed to the address a customer indicates during the renewal process before the start of the Fall 2012 semester. Parked vehicles near ASU's Sun Devil Stadium Download Full Image

Although Parking and Transit Services (PTS) customer service representatives are available to assist customers in-person at any campus PTS office, permit holders are encouraged to renew online – using Visa, MasterCard or payroll deduction* – unless they plan to pay by cash or check or have otherwise been notified by PTS that their permit needs to be renewed in-person. PTS is once again holding the Online Customer Perks Drawing for permit holders who renew or purchase online.

Sun Devils who are not yet permit holders, or who would like to purchase a permit for a different location for 2012-13, can purchase a new parking permit beginning July 16.

For more information, visit the Parking and Transit Services website at

*A note to employees who pay for their permit via payroll deduction: Your current permit was automatically renewed for 2012-13 unless you opted out when given the opportunity in March. Please contact your campus PTS office if you have any questions regarding the status of your 2012-13 permit.

Communications specialist, ASU Parking and Transit Services