Track & field shines under the lights at 33rd Sun Angel Classic
The Arizona State University track and field team wrapped up the 33rd Sun Angel Classic, April 7, with many athletes putting on their best show of the season thus far.
The No. 10 men continued their dominance in the relays with a victory in the 4x100-meter dash in the early section of the day, clocking in at 39.12 seconds to for the victory. For Daniel Auberry, Chris Burrows, Rashad Ross and Ryan Milus, the time just missed cracking the ASU top-10 by two hundredths of a second.
In the nightcap, ASU’s men closed out the Sun Angel Classic with a victory in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:06.83 behind a strong anchor from Will Henry along with solid quarter miles from Chris Burrow, Kelsey Caesar and Ross.
Earlier in the evening, Milus would take second in the men’s 100m dash in 10.29 for second place overall behind only British national team member Richard Kilty’s 10.23.
Burrows would end up fourth in his Division I outdoor 200m opener, clocking a time of 20.93.
Chris Benard opened up the 2012 triple jump campaign with a victory and an outdoor personal best leap of 16.38m (53-09.00). That jump puts Benard third on ASU’s all-time list and is the best leap since 1999 for the Sun Devils.
Benard also won the long jump earlier in the day with a career best leap of 7.75m (25-05.25) and just narrowly missed entering ASU’s all-time top 10 in that event as well.
In the high jump, sophomore Bryan McBride cleared 2.20m (7-02.50) to take second in a jump off behind former USA Olympian Jamie Nieto. McBride also took part in the triple jump, finishing fourth overall with an outdoor best jump of 15.38m (50-05.50).
Jordan Clarke opened up the year with a throw of 19.48m (63-11.00) to take home the shot put competition while also taking sixth in the premier section of the discus throw.
Derick Hinch continued his success in the pole vault, winning the competition with a clearance of 5.41m (17-09.00).
On the women’s side, freshman Shelby Houlihan put on the heat in the 800m dash as she not only clocked a career best, but also placed herself third on the all-time outdoor record list with a time of 2:03.85 - just missing the top mark set in 1993 by Kim Tony by half a second.
The time was easily a freshman record for Houlihan and was only her second career outdoor 800-meter run.
Asiah Gooden and Alycia Herring set personal records in the 100m dash with Gooden clocking 11.77 for fourth place in the premier race and Herring seizing first place in the earlier round with a time of 11.75. Gooden also set a personal best in the 200m dash with her fifth place finish of 24.33.
Gooden and Herring teamed up with Pinnick and Sanchez to win the 4x100 meter relay in 45.07 while Herring, Pinnick and Sanchez joined Brianna Tate to win the 4x400-meter relay in the final event of the evening in 3:37.80.
Brianna Tate and Brierra Winfrey represented ASU in the 200m dash both clocking personal bests of 24.51 and 24.58 respectively. Winfrey clocked her second personal best at the meet in the 400m dash with a time of 55.09. Tate was fourth in the premier section in 55.06.
Christabel Nettey went home with two first-place finishes this weekend in the long jump and triple jump after she set a personal best in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.21.
Anna Jelmini placed first in the discus thrown with a toss of 57.39 (188-03) and a third place finish of 16.92 (55-06.25). Both marks currently sit within the top-15 nationally at this point in the season.
Sophomore Shaylah Simpson notched a new outdoor personal best in the pole vault with a leap of 4.20m (13-09.25) to take third overall in the competition.
The Sun Devils will wrap up the 2012 home slate next weekend as the team welcome LSU, Arkansas and San Diego State in a tri/quad dual at Sun Angel Stadium on April 14.