Three score for Sun Devils as Pac-12 combined events conclude

May 7, 2012


Keia Pinnick scored a career-best 5,703 points in the heptathlon en route to a runner-up finish at the Pac-12 Combined Events in Eugene, Ore., while senior Austin Prince took a career-best fourth in the decathlon for the Arizona State University track and field team on Sunday.  Download Full Image

It was the second consecutive Pac-12 runner-up finish for the junior as she earned eight points towards the Sun Devils' team cause heading into next weekend's Pac-12 Championships.  The score also increased Pinnick's hold on third place in school history in the event as well.

Pinnick took second behind Brianne Theisen of Oregon, who set a Pac-12 record with 6,307 points in her victory at Hayward Field.

Pinnick opened the day with a third-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 6.02m (19-09.00) before logging a throw of 33.05m (108-05) in the javelin throw for the seventh-best mark of the competition as she held on to her second-place hold in the event.

The junior concluded the day with a third-place finish in the 800-meter run in 2:13.78 to wrap up the two-day competition and easily hold on to her second-place hold. 

The ASU women will now enter next weekend already sitting third in the team competition thanks to Pinnick's performance.

In the men's decathlon, seniors Austin Prince and Jamie Sandys continued their consistent performance from Saturday as they would go on to finish fourth and seventh, respectively, in the competition.  Prince finished with 6,917 points while Sandys posted 6,854 over the two days. Prince's score was a career-best by nearly 150 points.

Prince logged the third-best pole vault of the day at 4.90m (15-09.00) to help him maintain his spot in the top-eight after falling behind a bit following the discus competition and followed the pole vault up with the fifth-best throw in the javelin throw at 47.87m (157-01) to enter the 1,500m in sixth-place. 

Despite an eighth-place finish in the 1,500m, Prince finished ahead of some of the necessary competitors and his time of 4:35.39 moved him into fourth in the overall standings while Sandys' sixth-place finish in the race in 4:34.30 moved him into seventh overall after he bounced back from relatively low marks in the discus and pole vault competitions. 

Oregon's Dakotah Keys was the individual champion, scoring 7,793 points.

It was the second conference point-scoring finish for both Prince and Sandys and the first time they achieved the finish in the same season, giving the Sun Devil men seven points heading into next weekend.  

The Sun Devils will be back in action in Eugene next weekend with the main portion of the Pac-12 Championships, set to begin Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. PST and continuing throughout the day.

For ASU student group, good bikes do grow on trees

May 7, 2012

Imagine being unable to attend work or school, simply because mobility and rugged terrain prohibits you from leaving your front door. A student group, BooGood Bicycles, is seeking to find an end to this problem by providing sustainable hand-cycles made from bamboo to disabled individuals living in Africa.

While an undergraduate student in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, Derrick Loud was first introduced to the idea of designing a hand-cycle by a non-profit group called Sustainable Resources, a company that offers start-up assistance to projects and industries that provide basic needs, education or jobs to those in developing countries. BooGood Bike Team Download Full Image

Due to the rough terrain in Malawi, Africa, a 10-year-old boy was not able to maneuver his wheelchair through the roads to his school, inevitably making it impossible for him to receive an education. When Loud heard about this, he was inspired to create a hand-cycle for his senior capstone project that would easily attach to the wheelchair that the boy currently had.

After completing the capstone and having his design sent to Africa, Loud realized that he didn’t want to stop there, but instead make a universal design using sustainable materials that could potentially help those with disability across the developing world. After being accepted into the biomedical engineering master’s program, Loud went about recruiting ASU seniors Kris Saunders and Salim Zeitoun, and BioScience High School senior Doug Liu to join the endeavor.  

With funding, the group is hoping to open a workshop in Kenya where workers will be trained to build the hand-cycles using only bamboo and recycled bikes parts. This, in turn, will provide jobs and stimulate the local economy. And since bamboo is a local and widely available material in Africa, the team will not have to worry about importing or exporting costly building materials.

Implementing their “buy one, build one” model, the BooGood Bicycles team plans to have one hand-cycle built in Africa and donated to someone in need for every bamboo bike they sell here in the United States.

“We want to be able to help empower another person's life through educational resources and by giving them a job, so that is why we adopted the buy one, build one model,” Liu explains. “We are also doing this sustainably and socially responsibly.”

BooGood is currently a semi-finalist in the Dell Social Innovation Challenge. The competition supports university entrepreneurs nationwide who seek to solve the world’s toughest challenges.

This year the grand prize is $50,000 for the taking, which Loud says would allow the perfect opportunity to set up both the bike business in the United States and the hand-cycle shop in Africa. The group will find out their fate May 14 when the finalists for the Dell Innovation Challenge are announced.

Looking down the road, the team would like to be the No.1 selling bamboo bike company in the United States. With competitive prices from under $500 a bike and the added bonus of helping those in need, the team feels college students would not mind giving BooGood Bicycles their business.

“Many college students are short on cash, so we are giving them another to donate to charity while providing them with a product they would probably buy anyway,” Loud says.

Learn more about BooGood Bicycles.