Sun Devil Open gets ASU track ready for annual duel

Arizona State used its Sun Devil Open over the weekend to tune up for Saturday’s annual match-up with NAU and UofA.  And hurdler Jasmine Chaney took the opportunity to try her hand at other events.

The experiment went extremely well.

Chaney, one of ASU’s best hurdlers, decided to stick to straight sprints at the SDO and won both the 100m and 200m.  And her 11.56 time in the 100m not only won the event, but was just .03 off the tenth-fastest time in that event in school history.  She clocked 23.58 in the 200m.

The field for the Open included a trio of intrastate schools in Arizona, Northern Arizona, and Central Arizona College, as well as an assortment of individual unattached competitors.

Nothing too serious, but a good opportunity for ASU to get ready for Saturday’s regular-season finale.

ASU won a total of 11 events, eight of which went to the women’s teams.  However, that number is a little skewed since the women’s 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams ran their races unopposed.

Usually competition pushes athletes to run faster than they normally would on their own.  But that wasn’t the case in the women’s 4×100 relay.  Despite being the only team on the track, the foursome of Chaney, Dominique’ Malloy, Christabel Nettey, and Kayla Sanchez clocked its best time of the season, 45.61.

Overall, the Sun Devil women recorded 20 finishes in the Top 3 and the men had nine Top 3 finishes.  The ASU men’s team came into the SDO ranked No. 7 in the USTFCCCA Top 25 national rankings.  Both men and women rank among the Top 4 regionally, with the men ranked No. 2 and women No. 4.

Pinnick filled the void in the hurdles competition left by Chaney’s decision to run straight sprints, winning the 400m hurdles in a personal-best time of 59.44.  That goes down in the ASU books as the ninth-best time in that event.  Chelsea Caloia wrapped up her final home appearance with a 11:33.10 time in the 3,000m steeplechase to win that event.

The women used the field events to round out their victories, as Samantha Henderson won the high jump with a leap of 5’5″ and Cara Carpenter rolled over the pole vault bar at 12’4″.5.

On the men’s side, the lone win in the running events went to Lawrence Tice who ran a personal-best 10.44 in the 100m dash.  Jeremy Egboro took the triple jump with a mark of 48’4″ and Marc Peck, a sophomore, heaved the javelin 205’1″ for the win in that event.

After this week’s Double Dual with NAU and UofA, which will be held in Tucson, the Sun Devils and Wildcats begin preparation for the Pac-10 Championships on May 8-8 for the heptathlon and decathlon compeition, and May 15-16 for the rest of the events.

(Photo: ASU Athletics/Jason Wise)