Nettey’s automatic bid highlights weekend for ASU track

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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Freshman Jordan Clarke practices his throwing at practice last week. (Photo by Kyle Thompson)
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Monday, February 22, 2010
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One meet went as planned, the other didn’t, and one woman stood out among the rest of the ASU track and field team.

Freshman jumper Christabel Nettey took first in the women’s long jump at the NAU Tune-Up in Flagstaff, winning with a mark of 6.38 meters (20-11.25 feet). Nettey’s jump is the fifth-best in the nation and also moves her into fourth place in school history.

But more importantly, Nettey’s mark also just hit the NCAA automatic qualifying standard, earning her a spot at the NCAA Indoor National Championship meet next month.

“For her to come in and have a significant personal best already, it makes everyone feel good,” ASU coach Greg Kraft said. “When you see those types of rewards, it’s very pleasing.”

A pair of sophomore women also had a successful day at NAU, where they each won two events.

ASU sophomore sprinter Kayla Sanchez took first place in the women’s 200-meter dash with a time of 24.68 seconds. Sanchez also won the women’s 55-meter race with a mark of 7.11 seconds.

ASU sophomore Samantha Henderson, a multi-event athlete, won both on the track and in the field. Henderson won the women’s 55-meter hurdles in 8.30 seconds while also capturing first in the high jump with a mark of 1.60 meters (5-03.00 feet).

As for the No. 5 Sun Devil men, only a few athletes competed at NAU.

ASU junior jumper Michael Stokes won the men’s long jump with a mark of 7.52 meters (24-08.25 feet), which provisionally qualified him for the national meet.

Kraft noted that Stokes’ full potential is just now coming out, and that he was somewhat surprised it took the junior this long to break out.

“Michael is a very talented young man and he definitely has the tools to be an outstanding Pac-10-level long jumper for us,” Kraft said.

The team also hosted the Diablo Relays, the first annual all-comers meet, but it was cut short due to inclement weather on Saturday.

Reach the reporter at eric.l.smith@asu.edu