T&F’s Arseneau Shatters Pole Vault Personal Best At New Mexico Invite

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Senior Heather Arseneau shattered her personal best in the pole vault for the second meet in a row on Saturday as the Arizona State track and field teams wrapped up competition at the New Mexico Team Invite at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The No. 22 women’s team finished with 66 points in the team competition for fifth overall, while the No. 11 men’s side finished with 35.50 points for ninth. LSU won the women’s team competition with 151 points, while Nebraska took the men’s title at 138.50.

Arseneau led the way with a clearance of 4.17m (13-8.25), completing the jump on her second try. The Phoenix, Ariz. Native topped last week’s personal best mark of 4.10m (13-5.25) from the NAU Invite. The new mark remains at No. 3 in the ASU record book.

Also on the women’s side of the pole vault, senior Shaylah Simpson cleared 3.72m (12-2.50) for a tie for sixth place on the day, while redshirt junior Amber Pasternak finish in a tie for ninth at 3.57m (11-8.50).

Arseneau and Simpson combined for 12.50 team points toward the ASU women’s total.

Junior Shelby Houlihan won the mile run with a time of 4:43.70, while freshman Kala Stone placed fourth with a personal best 4:54.41, and junior Payton Schutte placed eighth with a mark of 5:01.91. Schutte’s time marked the top time of the second section. The trio combined for 16 of ASU’s team points.

On the men’s side of the pole vault, redshirt senior Derick Hinch cleared a season-best height of 5.25m (17-2.75) for third place, while redshirt sophomore Tanner Greeley and redshirt senior Chris Manuele each matched their season bests of 4.75m (15-7.00).

In the finals of the women’s 60m dash, sophomore Jasmine Gibbs was just barely edged out of first place by LSU’s Rushell Harvey, finishing with a mark of 7.46, while freshman Micha Auzenne took third at 7.50. The duo combined for 14 team points.

Gibbs also set a personal best in the long jump, finishing in a tie for third with a jump of 5.91m (19-4.75). Senior Alycia Herring placed in a tie for 11th with a jump of 5.73m (18-09.75), and Auzenne placed 19thwith a jump of 5.42m (17-9.50).

On the men’s side of the 60m dash, redshirt senior Ryan Milus ran the fastest qualifying time in two heats at 6.68, then finished second in the finals at 6.67. Freshman Tatum Benard-Taylor finished third in the finals at 6.69.

Juniors Brianna Tate and Sara McDonald finished in second and sixth, respectively, in the 400m dash, with Tate running a season best 53.66. McDonald’s time of 55.89 also marks a career best.

Both 4x400m relay teams ran season-best times on Saturday, as the men’s team of Keith Cleveland, redshirt junior Devan Spann, sophomore Trae Armstrong, and senior Will Henry ran a 3:09.69 for third place.

On the women’s side, the team of Sara McDonald, freshman LaTroya Franklin, senior Sarah Geren, and Brianna Tate ran a 3:39.38, also good for third place.

Sophomore Josh Dixon placed fifth in the triple jump with a personal best of 14.69m (48-2.50), which added four points to the men’s team total. Senior Jordan Benesh placed 11th with a jump of 13.77m (45-2.25).

In the high jump, junior Edmond Baker placed in a tie for seventh with a best clearance of 2.00m (6-6.75), adding 1.50 team points to ASU’s total.

Also in the mile run, freshman Chiara Warner placed 12th at 5:07.67, followed by junior Shaina Corbin’s 13th place finish of 5:10.19. Freshman Chelsey Totten rounded out the ASU competitors in 16th with a time of 5:13.52.

Up next, the Sun Devils will split up for the first time this season, with a portion of the team traveling to College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational on Feb. 7-8. On those same days, the rest of the squad will return to Flagstaff, Ariz., for the Mt. T Invitational.


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