Arizona St Set For Busy Weekend

Shelby Houlihan-E. Sioux City-ASU©Jim Kirby

Shelby Houlihan-E. Sioux City-ASU
©Jim Kirby

The Arizona State University track and field teams will be all over the place this weekend, as a select group of distance runners will get some solid action at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., while the majority of the rest of the team will be at the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.  The last big weekend of action before the indoor championship season is upon the team, this weekend will be important for several Sun Devils looking to crack into the top-16 in their respective events and earn a bid to the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Friday’s running events in seattle are slated to begin at 4 p.m. PT while Saturday’s events will get underway at 8 a.m.  In New Mexico, the field events will begin Friday at 1 p.m. MT with the gun going off for running events at 5:40 p.m. The Sun Devils will only compete in Friday’s elite section and will not be in action on Saturday.

•  The Sun Devil men are currently ranked No. 5 in the nation while the women will start the season at No. 17 in the USTFCCCA Computer Rankings

Shelby Houlihan, SC East, introduced herself to the world last season as she became the first student-athlete in Pac-12 history to sweep the cross country and track and field Newcomer of the Year awards.   Houlihan clocked the third-fastest indoor 800-meter time in school history and backed it up by setting the school record in the indoor mile twice last season.  Houlihan opened 2013 at the Texas A&M Challenge with a blistering time of 2:06.27 at 800m, the second-fastest time in school history indoors in the event and the seventh-fastest time in the country.Shelby will run in the “Invite” section of the 800 meters at 4:10 PT Saturday, February 9.

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