ASU’s heavyweights put on a show in Flagstaff

Ryan Whiting didn’t waste any time.  The two-time defending NCAA champion in the shot put claimed the top mark in national competition in just his first week of competition!

The ASU senior won the shot put competition at the Mountain ‘T’ Track & Field Invitational in Flagstaff as the Sun Devils opened their 2010 season.  The toss of 20.57m was good enough to earn a spot in the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

Overall, the Devils won 10 different events in their opener, including six by the men and four by the women, while posting 25 Top 3 placements on the day.  The men recorded eight marks good enough to meet the qualifying standards for the national meet, while the men and women combined to record 14 marks that rank among the Top 10 all-time in ASU history.

Jason Lewis, a senior and graduate of Mountain Pointe High School, joined Whiting as an automatic qualifier for the national championships with a toss of 18.87m.  That performance by the defending national champion in the weight throw is the second-best in the nation so far this year.

Jordan Clarke, a redshirt freshman, had a provisional qualifier in the shot put, with a throw of 18.54m to earn him the seventh-best mark in school history.

The Sun Devils will send athletes to two different meets this weekend, with some traveling back to Flagstaff for the NAU Team Challenge, and others making the trek to Albuquerque, N.M., for the Lobo Classic.

(Photo of Ryan Whiting from ASU, by Jason Wise)