ASU track and field has busy weekend with three meets in three days

Over the last three days the Sun Devils competed in the Mt. SAC Relays, the Bryan Clay Invitational and Jim Bush Collegiate Invitational

It was a busy weekend for the Sun Devils as they competed in three different meets in California on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

On Thursday the Sun Devils partook in the 59th Annual Mt. SAC Relays and the 2017 Bryan Clay Invitational.

At the Mt. SAC Relays the Sun Devils ran the 3000 meter steeplechase and ran the 5000 meter run at the Bryan Clay Invitational.

In the steeplechase, junior Billie Jo Dytrt set a new personal best in that event hitting 10:57.58, her previous best was 11:24.75, set back in her freshman year.

Over at the Bryan Clay Invitational, freshman Megan Reniewicki and senior Brittany Alexander both set personal records in the 5000 meter run.

Reniewicki broke 17 minutes and hit 16:52.55, while Alexander was just behind her, also breaking 17 and hitting 16:52.78.

On Friday the Devils continued to compete and smash records.

At the Bryan Clay Invitational, the Sun Devils participated in the 1500 meter where senior Chelsey Albertson rewrote the ASU record books.

After setting a new personal record of 4:20.24 at the Baldy Castillo Invitational, Albertson continued her stellar season by recording the second fastest time in ASU.

Albertson finished in seventh place out of a field of over 274 women with a time of 4:16.02 – she is now less than 10 seconds behind Shelby Houlihan.

Houlihan holds the number one spot in the 1500 meter with a time of 4:09.67 and is also a 2016 Olympian.

However, the Sun Devils were not done with the with the 1500 meter race yet, as freshman Alexis Nichols hit 4:26.41 – five seconds faster than her previous best set earlier this season.

On Saturday, the Sun Devil field athletes came out strong at the Jim Bush Collegiate Invitational.

To start of the day junior Maggie Ewen finished first and set another personal record in the women's shot put with a throw of 17.39 meters, putting her in sole possession of third place in the ASU record books for that event.

The junior also finished first in the women's discus with a toss of 56.19.

Ewen was followed in the shot put by redshirt senior Ashley Weber, who finished fifth with a throw of 14.98 meters. Weber also finished fifth in the women's hammer throw, throwing for 52.35 meters.

However, Weber was preceded by freshman teammate Kaylee Antill. Antill finished third in the hammer throw with a toss of 56.48 meters.

On the men's side of the field, redshirt senior Kyle Long lead the way with a throw of 63.92 meters in the hammer throw to earn a third place finish in the event.

Long followed up his performance in the hammer throw with a throw of 55.39 meters in the men's discus, which was good enough for fifth place.

Staying with the men's throwers, redshirt senior Thomas Anderson placed third in the men's shot put with a throw of 17.98 meters.

In the jumps the Sun Devils also turned in big performances on Saturday.

The men's pole vaulters "sent it" with two top-five finishes, the first coming from redshirt senior Garrett Starkey who cleared the bar at 5.31 meters to earn him first place.

While Starkey's teammate, redshirt senior Jacob Flores, took fourth place clearing the bar at 4.91 meters.

In the men's long jump redshirt sophomore Joey Bryant and junior Mason Ford finished third and fifth with jumps of 7.28 and 7.02 meters respectively.

Christine Williford set a new personal record in the 800 meter dash with a time 2:09.11 and a fifth place finish.

Alexander followed up her performance in the 5K on Thursday with a fifth place finish and new personal record in the 1500 meter race with a time of 4:32.96.

Junior Drelan Bramwell and sophomore Brandon Hasson finished first and third respectively in the men's 100 meter dash. Bramwell hit a time of 10.41 seconds while Hasson hit 10.68 seconds.

Bramwell also finished fifth in the men's 200 meter dash with a time of 21.07, which is just 0.03 seconds off his personal record.

The Sun Devils will be back in action next Friday and Saturday at the Chula Vista Olympic Invitational and the Triton Invitational.


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