ASU track and field compete against top performers in the Pac-12 and Big Ten

The Sun Devils hosted the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge at Sun Angel Stadium this weekend

ASU track and field hosted and participated in the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge at Sun Angel Stadium this weekend. The meet was comprised of many teams from the West and others from the East. 

The women finished the meet in fourth place, and the men finished eighth. The Sun Devils had a total of three first-place finishes for the weekend, two of which were from redshirt senior star thrower Maggie Ewen.

“For us when we come into the second week of heavy training and competition, it exposes a little bit of our lack of depth,” head coach Greg Kraft said. 

Day One:

In the first event of the day, Ewen secured herself a first place finish in the women’s hammer throw with a mark of 72.28 meters. Following her was redshirt sophomore Kaylee Antill in fifth place with a throw of 59.12 meters. 

Junior Jessica Barreira set a new personal record in the women’s javelin throw. Her throw of 45.18m/148-2ft puts her at the sixth-best javelin throw in ASU history. 

Barreira finished in sixth place to complete the event. 

In the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, freshman Jackson Lewis crossed the finish line in second place with a time of 9:28.88 – the top time in the Pac-12 this outdoor season. 

Day Two:

Women: 

The other first-place finish of the meet for the Sun Devils was from graduate student Alethia Marrero in the 800-meter race. Her time of 2:05.33 ties her at the fifth-best time in Sun Devil history. 

“On the women’s side ... it was really nice to get her (Marrero) on board, and that was a quality win,” Kraft said. “Talk about a national leader – she’s the national leader in the 800 meters in her first run as a Sun Devil … we really need her. She gives us a presence when we really don’t have someone.”

The ASU women’s throwers had great results this weekend. In the women’s discus throw, Ewen finished in first place with a throw of 60.01m/196-10ft. In the shot put, redshirt freshman Samantha Noennig got second place with a put of 16.63m/54- 6.75ft. 

In the pole vault, senior Kristiana Warth finished in fifth place with a vault of 3.72m/12-2.5 ft. With the same height, senior Haleigh Fritts finished in sixth place. 

For the distance runners, redshirt sophomore Samantha Ortega finished in third for the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:47.24. Following closely behind her in sixth was redshirt freshman Daan Haven at 9:47.61

Jumper Barreira, finished in sixth place of the women’s long jump with a mark of 5.73m/18-9.75ft (+2.7).

For the relays, the 4x100-meter relay finished in sixth place with a time of 45.74. The 4x400-meter relay finished in third with a time of 3:39.54.

Men:

Only two ASU men had top-five finishes on day two, both of which were in the field events, one in the pole vault and the other in the high jump. 

Redshirt senior pole vaulter Nathan Hiett finished in second place with a vault of 5.17m/16-11.5ft. 

Sophomore high jumper Elijah Hughes had a third place jump at 2.05m/6-8.75ft. 

In the 400-meter hurdles, Jesus Llanez finished just outside of top five in sixth place with a time of 54.08. 

Pushing and shoving his way to an eighth place finish in the 800-meter race, freshman Kevin Wilkinson came in with a time of 1:51.26.

In the 400-meter dash, redshirt senior Khalil Parris crossed the finish line in tenth place with a time of 49.32. He also competed in the 200-meter dash with a 12th place finish with a time of 22.59. 

As for the relay squad, the 4x400-meter relay finished in tenth place with a time of 3:27.46. 

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