ASU track struggles in first elite meet of the season

ASU placed last for both the men's and women's team at the Texas A&M Team Invitational

ASU track and field traveled to College Station, Texas for the Texas A&M Team Invitational Saturday and came out in last place for both the men’s and women’s teams. The women scored a total of 75 points and the men with 41. 

The meet featured Baylor University, University of Texas, Texas A&M University, and Arizona State University. 

It was not a great night for the Sun Devils as a whole; however, redshirt senior thrower Magdalyn Ewen, beat her already record-breaking throw of 18.44 meters. She threw 18.67 meters, earning her first place in the women’s shot put. 

“I think our women took a significant step today,” head coach Greg Kraft said. “Obviously Maggie Ewen is a star, fifth all time in the shot.”

Field Events

In triple jump, senior Darreyl Woodson won first place for the women with a mark of 12.59 meters and freshman Ivan Hinson placed third for the men at 13.55 meters.

In the weight throw, Ewen placed first at 21.48 meters, which set the meet record. The second place finisher was 2.74 meters behind Ewen. 

Redshirt junior Matthew Eckles, finished in third place in the men’s pole vault at 5.22 meters, his personal best. 

Running Events

The men struggled in the running events with none of the athletes having above a ninth place finish. The women had a little better results with one fourth and two fifth place finishes from their best runners of the meet. 

On the men’s side, freshman Jackson Lewis had a ninth place finish in the men's 3,000-meter race; he finished at 8 minutes, 39.80 seconds. Freshman Marcus Howard also finished in ninth place in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.71. 

On the women’s side, redshirt sophomore Samantha Ortega finished in fourth place in the 3,000 with a time of 9:49.01. 

Senior Shaunie Morrison finished in fifth place in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.45. 

Redshirt freshman Bianca Tinoco finished in seventh place for the Sun Devils in the 800-meter race, clocking in at 2:11.42. Redshirt sophomore Anna Pruter also had a seventh place finish, at a time of 4:59.17 in the mile. 

The women’s 4x400-meter relay team finished in fifth place at 3:47.24. 


The Sun Devils compete next in the Puma Indoor & Multi in Paradise Valley, Arizona on Saturday Jan. 27th.

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