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Posted: Friday, June 23, 2006 11:39 pm | Updated: 5:01 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Arizona State was well represented Friday in the finals of the men's long jump competition at the U.S. track and field championships at Indianapolis.

Former Sun Devil and Olympic champion Dwight Phillips, a Mesa resident, placed second in the event with a jump of 26 feet, 61/4 inches, just 3/4-inch behind winner Brian Johnson.

Another former Sun Devil, Trevell Quinley, posted a jump of 25-10 3/4 to place fourth.

Several current or former East Valley high school track athletes also competed this week at the national championships.

The best finish was produced by former Phoenix Mountain Pointe and current Arizona State athlete Jason Lewis, who placed third in the junior men's shot put with a throw of 61 feet, 4 1/4 inches. Lewis also placed ninth in the junior men's discus (171-5).

Two-time state high jump champion Phil Feinberg, a senior at Tempe Corona del Sol, placed fifth in the junior men's high jump, clearing 7-1/4, the first time he has broken the 7-foot barrier in his career.

Phoenix Xavier College Prep's Natalie Johnson failed to reach the finals in the junior women's 400 and 800 meters. Johnson's top effort was in the 400, where she was ninth in the preliminaries, one spot shy of making the finals.

Phoenix Desert Vista's Meagan Berg was 11th in the junior women's hammer throw (150-4) and Desert Vista teammates Shea Kearney (junior men's) and Jaci Perryman (junior women's) both competed in the pole vault, but did not place.

GOLF

The Arizona State women's golf program announced that a memorial service will be held for former Sun Devil golfer Gaëlle Truet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the players facility at the ASU Karsten Golf Course.

Truet, 27, died Sunday from injuries suffered in a car crash in Indiana. She played at ASU from 2001-03 and was an undergraduate assistant under current head coach Melissia Luellen during the 2003-04 season. After graduating from ASU in 2004, Truet joined the Duramed Futures Tour, the official developmental tour of the LPGA.

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