PROVO, Utah - The Arizona State track and field team finished the 2006 NCAA West Region Championships Saturday night in Provo, Utah, with the women’s 1,600-meter relay winning the team’s third regional crown on the weekend to help the Sun Devils finish fourth in the team standings.
The men, on the strength of the steeplechase, placed 10th.
The relay of Bridgette Williams, Christina Hardeman, Shauntel Elcock and Latosha Wallace combined to run the 10th-fastest time in school history at 3:33.98 to win the race and not only earn 10 points for the team but also automatically qualify for the national outdoor meet.
The first two runners of the relay also qualified in the open 400 meters for the national meet, as Hardeman placed second in 53.74 while Williams finished fifth in 55.08. The anchor of the relay, Wallace, also qualified individually, as she placed second in the 400 hurdles in 58.01.
Two other sprinters earned national berths with their topfive finishes. Jacquelyn Johnson took fifth in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.42 while Kelvin Love Jr. ran 20.94 to finish fifth in the men’s 200.
Brooke Bennett placed third in the 3,000 steeplechase in 10:33.94, while men’s steeplechasers Aaron Aguayo and Ryan Warrenburg qualified as they finished second (8:56.21) and third (8:58.76), respectively.
In the field, the women saw Jessica Pressley placed third in the discus (172-5) and Ryan Zimmerman second in the triple jump (52-6).