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Track & field closes Sun Devil open with 13 victories at home

April 25, 2011

Complete Results

The Sun Devil Open came to a close on Saturday afternoon at Sun Angel Stadium in Tempe with members of the Arizona State University track and field program collecting 13 wins and posting four of the best marks in school history at the same time. Overall, redshirt freshman Ryan Milus had a hand in three sprint victories while true freshman Bryan McBride captured a pair of field events to cap a solid weekend at home for the Sun Devils.

On the track, Milus gave the fans a treat as the rookie won the 100m dash in 10.07 and the 200m dash in 20.91. In the 100m dash and with the event running with the wind as the start and finish lines were switched for the short sprint in Tempe, Milus got out fast and used a 3.9 meters-per-second tail wind to run 10.07, which would have ranked as the school record had the wind stayed at 2.0 or less. Because the wind was under 4.0, his mark will still be counted for NCAA qualification, which currently places him fifth in the nation.

Milus, who ran the 200m dash into a 3.1 headwind and still posted a time under 21 seconds for the first time in his career, also anchored the 4x100m relay to victory as the squad of Justin Freeman, Allante Battle and Daniel Auberry combined to run 40.36. Auberry also had a strong individual performance as he ran 21.24 in the 200m dash. The men’s sprinters captured two other events including John Kline in the 400m dash at 47.72 and the 4x400m relay in 3:12.01. Kline led off the victorious relay that also featured Ryan Healy, Kelsey Caesar and Kevin Scheuerman.

In the field, ASU captured four events on the men’s side, with McBride taking the high jump and long jump to lead the way. In the high jump, McBride once again cleared 7-feet and, this time, improved his personal best as he topped 2.16m (7-01.00), which moved him into a tie for 10th on the school’s all-time list and just the second mark of 7-01.00 or better turned in by a Sun Devil man since 1992. McBride later went on to win the long jump with a leap of 7.22m (23-08.25) with teammate Chris Benard just behind him in second at 7.17m. Benard won the triple jump in 14.96m (49-01.00) to give ASU a sweep of the horizontal jumps both in the men’s events and overall. The final men’s winner on the day was Marc Peck in the javelin as the junior improved his personal best with a toss of 64.29m (210-11).

On the women’s side of the competition, Sarah Geren was the lone winner on the track as she captured the 400m hurdles in 1:00.83, again flirting with a sub-60-second time. In the field, the women swept both horizontal jumps as Alycia Herring took the long jump title in 6.15m (20-02.25) while Christabel Nettey won the triple jump in 12.31m (40-04.75), the fifth-best mark in school history. Samantha Henderson, who won the shot put in 12.36m (40-06.75), and Keia Pinnick, who was second in the shot put, helped ASU to a 1-2-3 finish in the long jump as well.

While Nettey’s mark in the triple jump was the only Top 10 mark in ASU history recorded on the day for the women, one sprinter could have joined her had the wind cooperated. In the women’s 100m dash, Kayla Sanchez ran a time of 11.50, which would have ranked her 10th all-time had the wind been lower than the measured 3.7 mps.

Also on Saturday, two individuals competed in throwing events at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, Calif., including Jordan Clarke, who posted personal-best marks in two events. Clarke, who broke the 200-foot mark in the hammer on Friday in Tempe at the Open, improved on that mark by tossing the hammer 62.00m (203-5) to take second in the invitational section. He also improved his best in the discus to 56.66m (185-11) to move into 10th on the all-time lists in ASU history. Anna Jelmini was on hand to compete in the shot put and placed sixth overall in 16.84m (55-03.00).

Next week, the Sun Devils will play host to a pair of intrastate rivals as the Arizona Wildcats and the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks will invade Tempe for the annual Double Dual. The team scored event will feature only athletes from those three schools with no professional or unattached individuals competing in the event.

2011 Sun Devil Open
Arizona State marks ONLY
Day Two Top Marks • Saturday, April 23
Wins Recorded - Women (4)
400m hurdles - Sarah Geren - 1:00.83
Long Jump - Alycia Herring - 6.15m (20-02.25)
Triple Jump - Christabel Nettey - 12.31m (40-04.75) - #5 all-time in ASU history
Shot Put - Samantha Henderson - 12.36m (40-06.75)

Wins Recorded - Men (9)
100m dash - Ryan Milus - 10.07 (+3.9 wind)
200m dash - Ryan Milus - 20.91 (+3.1 wind)
400m dash - John Kline - 47.72
4x100m relay (Freeman, Battle, Auberry, Milus) - 40.36
4x400m relay (Kline, Healy, Caesar, Scheuerman) - 3:12.01
High Jump - Bryan McBride - 2.16m (7-01.00) - #10 (tie) all-time in ASU history
Long Jump - Bryan McBride - 7.22m (23-08.25)
Triple Jump - Chris Benard - 14.96m (49-01.00)
Javelin - Marc Peck - 64.29m (210-11)

ASU All-Time Top 10
W Triple Jump - Christabel Nettey - 12.31m (40-04.75) - #5 all-time in ASU history
M High Jump - Bryan McBride - 2.16m (7-01.00) - #10 (tie) all-time in ASU history
W 100m dash - Kayla Sanchez ran 11.50 (+3.7), but wind was over the allowable level (+2.0) - would haev been #10 all-time
M 100m dash - Ryan Milus ran 10.07 (+3.9), but wind was over the allowable level (+2.0) - would have been school record

2011 UCSD Triton Invitational
Arizona State marks ONLY
Day Two • Saturday, April 23
Women’s Shot Put - Invitational

6. Anna Jelmini - 16.84m (55-03.00)

Men’s Discus - Invitational
12. Jordan Clarke - 56.66m (185-11) - #10 all-time in ASU history

Men’s Hammer - Invitational
2. Jordan Clarke - 62.00m (203-05) - #5 all-time in ASU history