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Track and Field Almanac

Kyle Arney
Track & Field / 1976-1979
/ Inducted 1994
All-America high jumper in 1977, Arney won the NCAA Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and Penn Relay high jump titles in 1977. He was runner-up in the high jump at the WAC outdoor finals and was named the Pen Relay's "Most Outstanding Field Athlete" during the 1977 season. He set a WAC high jump record (7'-6"), and he ranked seventh in the world in 1977 and third in the United States that same year. He won the 1978 Philadelphia Classic, the 1978 East Tennessee State, and the 1979 Albuquerque Jaycee indoor titles. He was runner-up at the Sunkist Indoor Invitational in 1979. He still held the ASU outdoor (7'-6") and indoor (7'-5") records, which he set in 1977, at the time of his induction.

Jacinta Bartholomew
Track & Field / 1986-89
/ Inducted 2008
A four-time All-American and holds school records in the long jump (6.62 meters) and the 4x100m relay (43.58). Bartholomew was a member of the 4x100m relay team that won the national championship at the 1988 NCAA Outdoors, and she also garnered All-America accolades that same year as a part of the 4x400m relay team at the Outdoors and in the long jump at both the Indoors and Outdoors. In addition, before attending ASU, she competed in the long jump in the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Mike Barrick, Henry Carr, Ron Freeman, Ulis Williams
World Record Mile Relay Team / 1963/ Charter Inductees 1975

In 1963, this impressive quartet ran a 3:04.5 mile relay, establishing a new World Record. The mark stood until 1966.

Chase "Jerry" Bright
Track & Field / 1967-1969
/ Inducted 1993
Inducted into the Arizona State Hall of Fame in 1993, Bright was a three-time All-American and four-time Western Athletic Conference champion for the Sun Devils. Competing in the short sprints, Bright was an All-American in the 100 and 200-yard dashes in 1967 and again in the 100-yard dash in 1968. In the conference meets, Bright dominated the 220y event, winning conference gold in each of his three years with the team. He also added top billing in the 100y event in 1967.

Ron Brown
Football, Track & Field / 1979-1982
/ Inducted 1996
As a two-sport letterman, Brown was a member of the United States 4x100 meter relay squad that won gold in the 1984 Olympic Games, and also took fourth individually in the 100 meters. He was a three-time-All-America and two-time-Pac-10 champion in track, and was a member of the 1980 and 1981 Pac-10 Conference 4x100 meter relay championship teams. On the gridiron, Brown grabbed 7 interceptions in 1980. In 1982, he caught 19 passes for 395 yards and scored 5 touchdowns, leading the Sun Devils to a 10-2 mark and a Fiesta Bowl victory. Brown was a second-round departure to the Cleveland Browns and later played for the Rams and the Raiders.

Marcus Brunson 
Track and Field / 1997-01 / Inducted 2012
Brunson can stake a claim as the greatest sprinter in school history as he set school records in the outdoor 100m and indoor 55m and 60m. He earned All-America status in 60m, 100m, 200m, 4x100mand 4x400m relays, and was the Pac-10 Champion in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. He broke the collegiate record in the 60m in 1999 and was the 1999 NCAA runner-up in the event. He received 2000 All-America honors as a member of the 4x100 relay team which placed fourth (39.16) at the NCAA championships, and was the NCAA runner-up in the indoor 60m after breaking the collegiate record in his first race as a Sun Devil in 1999. He broke Ron Brown's 18-year-old school record in the 100m with a 10.10 at the 1999 Wildcat Qualifier. In his only 200m outdoor race in three years, he ran the fifth-best time in ASU history with a 20.42 at the 1999 UA/NAU Double Dual. In his first race as a Sun Devil at the 1999 Flagstaff Invitational, Brunson broke the collegiate record in the 60mwith a time of 6.46. He placed sixth in his preliminary heat of the 100m (10.39) at the 2000 Olympic Trials in Sacramento.

Gary Burl, Gerald Burl, Clifton McKenzie, Tony Darden, Herman Frazier
NCAA Record 4 x 400 Relay Team / 1977/ Inducted 1980

In 1977, this 4 X 400 relay team set a new collegiate record.

Henry Carr
Track & Field/ 1962-1964/ Chater Inductee 1975
Carr is the World Record holder for the 220-yard dash, and won the Olympic Gold medals in the 200-meters and as a member of the 1,600-meter relay team in 1964. He was a member of the 1963 ASU world record mile relay team.

Brenda Calhoun Cash
Track & Field/ 1977-81/ Inducted 2003
Four-time All-American sprinter and hurdler and, at the time, held ASU records in the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles. From 1977-1981, she was ranked in the top 12 nationally in both the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles and was a member of 4x100 relay team that set a national record in 1979. The daughter of Lee Calhoun, the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 110 yard high hurdles, Cash was a 1976 Olympic trials semifinalist in the 100-meter dash. Also that year, she was named the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Outstanding High School Woman Athlete in America. She set Connecticut high school records in the 100-and 200-meter dashes and 80-meter hurdles. Cash graduated in May of 1981 with a B.A. in broadcasting and a minor in communications.

Jon Cole
Track & Field / 1963-1966
/ Inducted 1978
Cole was a two-time All-American and Western Athletic Conference discus champ across 1965-1966. He was the national AAU champion in 1969 with a 208'10" throw. He set an ASU record (199-5 ½) and also holds the Joe Selleh Track record with 216.3. An outstanding power weight lifter, he set a world record total of 2,085 pounds in April, 1978, then broke it one month late with a 2,090 pound total.

Shane Collins
Football,
Track & Field/ 1988-91/ Inducted 2003
An All-Pac-10 selection in 1988-89 and 1991 and four-time letterman in football. Honorable mention 1988 Pac-10 All-Academic team. The 1988 ASU Freshman of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the year. Played in the East-West Shrine game in 1991 and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the second round of the 1992 draft. Currently second place on ASU career shot put list (20.20/66-3.25). A 1990 national champion, Pac-10 champion and indoor and outdoor All-American in shot put. Awarded the high school track athlete of the year award his senior year at Bozeman High School. Graduated with a B.S. in marketing in December of 1991.

Frank Covelli
Track & Field / 1962-1963
/ Inducted 1979
Covelli won the NCAA javelin championship in 1963 after winning Western Athletic Conference honors earlier in the spring. He was also a member of the 1964 USA Olympic Games team in Tokyo. He had an ASU career best throw of 263 feet, 9 inches in 1963, which is the second best in ASU's record book.

Eddie Davis, Pete Richardson, Treg Scott, Mike Stahr
4x800 Relay Team / 1984 / Inducted 2009
This relay team set the American collegiate record with a time of 7:08.96 at the Sun Angel Track Classic on April 7, 1984. The record has stood for more than 25 years. Davis, Richardson and Scott were also part of the 2-mile relay team that earned Indoor All-American honors in 1982. Richardson earned two individual Outdoor All-American honors as well, in the 800-meter run in 1983 and 1986, while Scott also earned Indoor All-American honors for the 800-meter run in 1985.

Leslie Deniz
Track & Field / 1981-1985
/ Inducted 1998
Deniz placed sixth in the 1981 World Cup. She ranked number one in the discus in the United States in 1982. She was also the Western Athletic Conference Champion and NCAA Champion in 1983. She broke the U.S. discus record five times between 1982 and 1983, and she set an ASU school record toss of 213-1. She won the U.S. Olympic trials with a toss of 202-7, and was a runner-up at the LA Games, and won a silver medal for discus with a throw of 212-9. She is the only American woman to throw beyond 210 feet while at ASU.

Dwayne Evans
Track & Field / 1980-1981
/ Inducted 1991
Evans was the 1981 NCAA 200-meter champion and a fourth place finisher in the 4x100 meter relay. He was a member of two Pac-10 Conference 4x100 meter relay teams (1980-1981) and ranked among the top 10 in Arizona State annals in the 100 and 200 meters, as well as the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays. At 17 years of age, Evans captured the 1976 Olympic bronze medal in the 200-meter relay. He is the only person to win an NCAA medal five years after winning an Olympic medal.

Herman Frazier
Track & Field / 1975-1977
/ Inducted 1978
Olympic Bronze medalist in the 400-meters and a member of the U.S. Gold Medal-winning 1,600-meter relay team in the 1976 Olympic Games, he also won the NCAA 400-meter dash title in 1977 after anchoring ASU's 1,600-meter relay team to the NCAA crown in 1976. He anchored the ASU team to the world record for the 800-meter relay, American 800 and 880-yard relays and NCAA one mile and 1,600-meter relay teams in 1977.

Ron Freeman
Track & Field/ 1966-1969 / Inducted 1985
Freeman won the Bronze Medal in the 400-meters in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, and he was also a member of the gold medal-winning 1600-meter relay team. He ran the fastest-ever 400-meter leg of the 1600-meter relay with the '68 Olympic Team. As of 1985, Freeman's 44.41 clocking in the 400-meters was the ASU record.

Benny Garcia
Track & Field / 1953-1956
/ Inducted 1983
A four-time Border Conference Champion in the javelin, he became Arizona State's second athlete to participate in the Olympic Games when he was named to the USA team in 1956. In his senior year, he set a Border Conference record with a throw of 236'8". He is also a member of the Drake Relays Hall of Fame for his toss of 221'10" in 1956.

Alex Henderson
Track & Field / 1957-1960
/ Inducted 1979
In 1958, he became an NCAA champion and meet record setter when he ran two miles in 8:46:3. That clocking also set an ASU record. He was also the last two-mile champ in NCAA meet history, as 1958 was the last time the race was run. He established another ASU mark in 1968 with a 4:03:1 mile run. An Australian, his marks for the mile and two mile still rank among the top five in ASU history.

J.D. Hill
Football, Basketball,
Track & Field / 1967-1968, 1970 / Inducted 1976
Hill was Sporting News and Time Magazine's first-team All-America, and Associated Press's third-team selection in 1970 as a wide receiver for the unbeaten 11-0 WAC and Peach Bowl Championship ASU team. He was also a track and basketball star at ASU. As a first round draft pick by the NFL's Buffalo Bills, he was a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions.

Nick Hysong
Track & Field/ 1991-1994 / Inducted 1976
is one of the most prolific track and field athletes in ASU history...earned six All-America honors (three indoor pole vault, three outdoor pole vault), and was the 1994 NCAA Pole Vault Champion...won the gold medal in pole vault in the 2000 Olympic Games, the first ASU alumnus to win the gold medal in that event in 16 years...holds the ASU indoor pole vault record (18-7.25)...competed in the NCAA Championships all four years, finishing 11th as a freshman, seventh as a sophomore, fifth as a junior and won the NCAA Championship as a senior in 1994, winning the title with a school record mark of 18 feet, 8.25 inches, still an ASU record.

Gea Johnson
Track & Field / 1987-1990
/ Inducted 2007
was the 1990 NCAA Division I Heptathlon Champion and broke the school, stadium and Pac-10 records for the heptathlon and recorded the third highest collegiate total ever. In 1990, Johnson broke the ASU record in all seven heptathlon events; those records still stand today. She was named an All-American as she was the NCAA and Pac-10 Heptathlon Champion. She was also the Pac-10 Long Jump Champion and during here time sported a 4.0 GPA and was named an ASU Scholar Athlete.

Chuck LaBenz
Track & Field / 1967-1970
/ Inducted 1987
LaBenz lettered four years (1967-1970) as one of Arizona State University's all-time milers. He recorded the world's 12th best mile time in 1969, winning the Kennedy Games with a time of 3:58.4. He ranked 5th in the United States charting of milers in 1970, as ranked by Track & Field News. LaBenz finished 4th in the NCAA championships, posting a mile time of 4:00.5 in 1969, earning All-American honors. He also placed 5th at that year's AAU Championships. He won the Western Athletic Conference mile championship in 1969 with a time of 4:01.3, and established a West Coast Relay record of 4:00.1 the same year.

Maicel Malone
Track & Field / 1989-1992
/ Inducted 2002
Malone was a four-time NCAA champion in the 400m (indoors 1990-92; outdoors 1990), a member of two NCAA championship relay teams (4x400 in 1991 and 4x100 in 1988) and earned a gold medal in the 4x400 relay in the 1996 Olympics. The 2000 Sun Angel Track Classic meet honoree graduated from ASU in 1995 with a bachelor of arts degree in communication.

Bill Miller
Track & Field / 1948-1951
/ Inducted 1976
Miller was the first ASU athlete to compete in the Olympic Games, winning the silver medal in the javelin in 1952 at Helsinki with a throw of 237-8-1/2 as the U.S. went 1-2 for the only time in history in that event. He established the ASU javelin record and just missed the American record in 1951. He also set an ASU high jump mark in 1951 and competed in a decathlon that year.

Mark Murro
Track & Field/ 1968-1971/ Inducted 1977
Murro established an NCAA and American record in javelin in the 1969 Western Athletic Conference championship meet. He became the first American ever to hit 300-feet, setting his mark in 1970. He also set national high school and junior college records for javelin before entering ASU. He competed for the USA and finished ninth in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

Maurice Peoples
Track & Field / 1972-1973
/ Inducted 1976
Peoples was the NCAA 440-yard dash champion in 1973, and is the current world record holder for his electronically clocked 440-yard dash with 45.11, established in the NCAA championships in 1973. At the same meet, he ran his fastest 440-yard leg on the mile relay team with a 43.4 as anchorman. He was a member of the 1975 world record USA mile relay team that ran 3:02.4.

Dwight Phillips
Track & Field /1999-2000/ Inducted 2010
Phillips was a both a star on the track and in field competitions during his two years as a Sun Devil after transferring from the University of Kentucky. In 1999 he captured conference crowns in both the long and triple jump and was the first person to win both those titles in the same year since Oregon's Latin Berry in 1988. He broke Kenny Frazier's 15-year-old school record in the long jump with a leap of 26-10, eighth best in Pac-10 history and a Pac-10 Championships record and it was the best jump in the Pac-10 since 1991. Phillips tied for the longest collegiate jump in 1999. Phillips earned two more All-America honors as he finished as the national runner-up in the long jump and eighth in the triple jump in the indoor 2000 season, and set a school record in the long jump at the national meet with his leap of 8.11m in that same season. He finished out his career as the national runner-up in the long jump for the second time in the 2000 outdoor season with a leap of 26-7.75 at the national meet and also earned All-America honors with the 4x100m relay team after a fourth-place finish at the national meet. Following his collegiate career, Phillips placed eighth in the long jump at the 2000 Sydney Olympics before taking gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Phillips also has won three other world titles in the long jump since 2000.

Coleen Rienstra Sommer
Track & Field / 1978-1981
/ Inducted 1994
Sommer was a three-time All-America high jumper, as well as the AIWA indoor champion in 1981 with a leap of 6'3". She claimed the 1980 AIWA crown with a 6'-1 ¼" performance. She was a member of the 1980 Athletics Congress National team that traveled to Japan, and a member of the 1978 Junior National Team. She finished fifth at the 1980 U.S. Olympic trials. She won the gold medal at the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival and the 1987 Pan American Games. A 1988 U.S. Olympian, she still held the ASU outdoor (6'4") and indoor (6'-3 ¼") records at the time of her induction.

Ria Stalman
Track & Field / 1979-1981
/ Inducted 1988
Stalman was a three-year competitor in the discus throw, winning the National Collegiate championship in 1979, and finishing second in 1980. She was a former school record holder in the shot put (52-1/4) and the discus (204-5). At the 1983 World Championships, Stalman finished third in discus. One year later, she was the gold medal winner in the discus at the 1984 Summer Olympics, representing the Netherlands.

Lynda Tolbert
Track & Field / 1986-90
/ Inducted 2001
Tolbert earned eight All-America honors from 1986-1990. An NCAA champion in 1988 and 1990 in the outdoor 100m hurdles, she is a former collegiate record holder in the indoor 60m hurdles. Also earned the NCAA title in the 1990 NCAA Indoor 55m hurdles and was on the winning 4x100m relay team at teh 1988 NCAAs. She earned Penn Relays most outstanding female track athlete in 1988. She also earned Pac-10 championship honors in the 100m hurdles and 4x100m relay in 1988.

Rick Walker
Track & Field / 1974-1977
/ Inducted 1997
A member of Arizona State's NCAA Championship team in 1977 and a member of the national champion 4x400m relay team in 1976, Walker was inducted into the Arizona State Hall of Fame in 1997. Walker joined Cliff McKenzie, Carl McCullough and Herman Frazier in winning the relay event in 1976 before taking All-American honors in the 400m hurdles. Walker was a six-time All-American and a four-time WAC champion while becoming the first Sun Devil to win a conference hurdle title over the 220y distance.

Ulis Williams
Track & Field / 1962-1965
/ Charter Inductee 1975
A member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic gold medal 1,600-meter relay team, Williams was also a member of the 1963 ASU world record mile relay team. He was also the NCAA champion in 1963 and tied for first in 1964. He held the national prep record for the 440-yard dash.

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