Track and Field makes good impression after home event

Men’s and women’s team ranked in top spots

By Trey Mack
On March 28, 2014

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The ASU track and field team hosted its annual spring break multi-event  Thursday, March 20, and Friday, March 21.  

Going into the meet, both the men's and women's track teams are ranked in the top five in preseason track polls, with the Rambelles at No. 1 and the Rams at No. 4.

Both teams won their previous two outdoor meets.

The Rambelles had two women competing in the heptathlon: junior Jordan Gray and redshirt sophomore Jasmine Ambowode.

Junior Seth Pearson, junior Dalton Boyls and sophomore Joe Owens competed for the Rams in the decathlon.

There were a total of 17 women in the heptathlon and 14 men in the decathlon.

South Plains, Texas A&M-Commerce, University of Central Oklahoma, Central Missouri, Fort Hayes and Tarleton State were some of the teams that competed alongside ASU at the meet.

Both the Rams and Rambelles tried to take advantage of being on their home field and trying to qualify for nationals early.

At the multi-event, Gray was able to get an automatic qualification for the 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the heptathlon.

Gray finished the two-day meet with a personal best score of 5,217 to win the heptathlon event.

Gray is the first athlete to qualify in Division II in the heptathlon.

Gray also provisionally qualified in three events: the 100-meter hurdles, the long jump and the 200-meters.

Ambowode finished in a tie for third. She set a new personal best with a score of 4,677 and also made provisional mark with this score.

Pearson, for the Rams, finished second in the decathlon with a score of 6,892. He was 108 points shy of an automatic qualification. This was also a personal best for Pearson.

Boyls finished with 6,518 points, allowing Boyls to set a new personal best and a provisional mark. Boyls won the 1500-meter with a time of 4:29.41, which gave him 748 points.

Owens finished in 12th place for the Rams with 6,040 points. The total is a new persona best for Owens.

Both teams will be headed to Austin to compete in the Texas Relays Thursday, March 27, through Saturday, March 29.

ASU will host another multi-event Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11.

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