FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Sarah Stevens capped her remarkable career with a second-place finish in the women’s discus, Charonda Williams took second in the 200 meters and Ryan Whiting placed second in the men’s discus to lead the Arizona State track and field teams to top-10 team finishes Saturday in the final day of action at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Texas A&M swept the team titles, as the women scored 50 points to outdistance Oregon (43), Arizona State (41), Florida State (40) and Texas (36).
The Texas A&M men had 48 points while Oregon, Florida and Florida State tied for second (46) and LSU was fifth (37). The Sun Devil men finished eighth with 29 points.
For the women, the top-four finish marked the seventh time in the past eight NCAA meets that ASU has walked away with a trophy.
Stevens’ final collegiate meet was capped by a throw of 177 feet, 1 inch, which gave her a program-record 15 All-America awards. Stevens was beaten by Texas Tech’s D’Andra Carter, who threw 182-6.
Earning her first All-America award was ASU freshman C.J. Navarro (Mesa Desert Ridge). Navarro placed eighth with a throw of 162-10.
In the men’s discus, Whiting held the overall lead with a toss of 196-2 until the sixth and final round, when California’s Martin Maric passed him by one inch to take the national title and push the junior to second.
Jason Lewis (Phoenix Mountain Pointe) added a sixth-place finish to go along with his sixth-place throw in the hammer. Lewis threw 189-8.
On the track, Williams entered the 200 finals with the fourth-fastest time from the semifinals, but she improved on that with a second-place finish in 22.84 seconds. She was edged by Texas A&M’s Porscha Lucas, who won in 22.81.
For Williams, it was the third All-America award of the meet (100, 200, 4x100 relay).
In the final event of the day, the ASU women posted the seventh-fastest time in school history in the 4x400 relay. The team of Shauntel Elcock, Jasmine Chaney (Tempe McClintock), Dominique’ Malow and Jeavon Benjamin placed fifth with a time of 3:31.62.
Another former area athlete, Oklahoma’s Will Claye (Phoenix Mountain Pointe) claimed a national championship in the triple jump with a leap of 56-6.75.
Claye, jumping on his 18th birthday, broke his own U.S. Junior National record in the event and a 24-year old track record set by former Olympic champion Mike Conley.
Claye’s jump was the best in the world this year by a junior competitor and the seventh-best in the world on the senior level.