ASU’s Ryan Whiting sets a new world mark in the shot put

While Arizona State was taking on the field in the ASU Invitational yesterday, Ryan Whiting was taking on the world.

The Sun Devils won five events at the Invitational, including a sweep of the men’s shot put and discus.  But Whiting continues to be the big story.

Whiting, who has won three NCAA indoor national titles during his college career, just took over the world lead in the men’s shot put.  He eclipsed his previous school record of 68’10.5″ with his first throw Saturday night.  His heave of 69’8.75″ not only set the new ASU record, but also topped the NCAA, USA, and world lists so far this year.

Whiting’s record-setting toss did more than just set a new mark, it blew away the competition.  He won the shot put by over 12 feet.

The senior civil engineering major, who is headed to Penn State for graduate school, wants to begin focusing on the 2012 Olympics once his ASU career is behind him and his legacy established – a reputation that began back in his junior year in high school when he put up the second-best mark in the nation.

It has been nothing short of domination ever since.

Whiting’s performance at the Invitational somewhat overshadowed a couple of other impressive performances by Sun Devil athletes.

Jason Lewis won both the discus, with a toss of 184’6″, and the hammer throw with a mark of 217 feet, which moves him into third on the current NCAA list.  Thanks to his performance Saturday, he now ranks among the Top 10 nationally in both events.

On the women’s side, Jasmine Chaney clocked a time of 13.50 to win the 100m Hurdles and Cherise McNair finished first in the 3,000m Steeplechase in 10:52.85.

This was ASU’s second consecutive home meet.  Next week the Sun Devils will send their women’s heptathlon and men’s decathlon athletes  to Tucson for the Jim Click Multis.