Amy Hastings set the American collegiate recordin the indoor 5,000-meter run at the Husky Classic in Seattle as members of the Arizona State track and field program competed in four meets Satuday throughout the nation.
The Sun Devils combined to collect two NCAA automatic and six NCAA provisional qualifiers.
Hastings’ winning time of 15 minutes, 30.17 seconds not only bettered her school recordof 15:45.45, it also broke the 26-year-old mark of 15:34.5 by Margaret Groos of Virginia.
The program’s other automatic berth came from the shot put ring in Fayetteville, Ark., as Sarah Stevens recorded a mark of 17.58 meters (57 feet 8.25 inches) to finish second in the Tyson Invitational.
• The 2007 USA Cross Country Championships were held in Boulder, Colo., with three current and two former members of the ASU program competing. Kari Hardt and Fasil Bizuneh each placed high enough to earn a place on the U.S.team that will compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships on March 24 in Mombasa, Kenya.
Hardt placed third in the junior women’s 6-kilometer race in 22:04 to earn a berth on the world team.
In the open division, Bizuneh clocked a time of 38:24 in the 12K event to place seventh overall.
• The middle of the batting order continued its torrid start to the 2007 season, and Brad Mills proved to be the tonic for the Arizona pitching staff, as the Wildcats (7-0) won their seventh straight game to open the year with an 8-1 victory over New Mexico(1-2) at Frank Sancet Field in Tucson.
• The Arizona Sting (4-2) lost their first roadcontest of 2007, falling to the Edmonton Rush 11-8 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
Sting forward Derek Malawsky (1 goal, 3 assists, four points) became the 14th member of the National Lacrosse League’s 500-Point Club, and defending NLL Offensive Player of the Week Dan Dawson continued his strong play, registering four goals and two assists for six points.