MPSF Indoor Track and Field Awards Announced

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March 1, 2013

2013 MOUNTAIN PACIFIC SPORTS FEDERATION INDOOR TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES OF THE MEET, COACHES OF THE YEAR

Seniors Christabel Nettey and Jordan Clarke of Arizona State University have been selected as the 2013 MPSF Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Championship Meet.

2013 MPSF FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MEET CHRISTABEL NETTEY • SENIOR • HURDLES/JUMPS • ARIZONA STATE

Arizona State University All-American senior Christabel Nettey (Surrey, BC, Canada/Johnston Heights Secondary) scored more points than any other student-athlete at the 2013 MPSF Championships, winning all three events she entered. Nettey swept the crown in the long jump, triple jump and the 60-meter hurdles en route to 30 points towards the Sun Devils' second-place overall total of 96. Nettey set personal records in the triple jump (40'-9.50") and the 60-meter hurdles (8.25), ranking 18th in the nation in the latter event along with her third-place hold in the long jump (21'-5.5"). Sarah Stevens was the last Sun Devil to be named MPSF Female Athlete of the Meet, following the 2009 shot put and weight throw.

2013 MPSF MALE ATHLETE OF THE MEET JORDAN CLARKE • SENIOR • THROWS • ARIZONA STATE

Arizona State University senior All-American Jordan Clarke (Anchorage, AK/Bartlett HS) swept the indoor throw titles in both the shot put and the weight throw, scoring 20 points towards the Sun Devils' 125.5 total en route to defending their MPSF crown. Clarke set a new lifetime record in the weight throw at 19.96m (65'-06.00") - the third best mark in school history and his first title in the event. His winning shot put throw of 20.03m (65'-08.75") was over four feet better than any competitor and marked his third winning throw of the season by over 20 meters. Only three other NCAA athletes have hit the mark, all doing so just once. Clarke is the defending NCAA Indoor shot put Champion. Ryan Whiting was the last Sun Devil represented as male athlete of the meet, also in the throws, in 2008.

Oregon's Robert Johnson and Arizona State's Greg Kraft have been selected 2013 MPSF Indoor Track and Field Coaches of the Year, on the women's and men's side, respectively.

2013 MPSF WOMEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR ROBERT JOHNSON • FIRST YEAR • HEAD COACH • OREGON

University of Oregon first-year head coach Robert Johnson guided the No. 2 ranked Ducks to their third MPSF Indoor Championship in the last four seasons on February 23, 2013. The Ducks accumulated 110 points, 16 ahead of second-place Arizona State. Conference titles included English Gardner's 60-meter dash, Anne Kesselring's 800-meter run, Alexi Pappas' 3,000-meter run, and the 4x400-meter relay. Perhaps most impressive, however, came within the 400-meter run. Phyllis Francis took down one of the oldest records in MPSF history, regardless of sport, a standard that stood in that race since the inaugural year of the conference in 1993. Johnson spent the last seven years as associate coach at Oregon, with the Ducks winning the last three NCAA Indoor titles. This past fall, Johnson was honored as the national coach of the year in cross country, as Oregon claimed its first NCAA title in 25 years.

2013 MPSF MEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR GREG KRAFT • 17TH YEAR • HEAD COACH • ARIZONA STATE

Arizona State University 17th-year head coach Greg Kraft directed the Sun Devil men to a repeat of the MPSF Indoor Championship on February 23, 2013. ASU defended its crown with 125.5 points, 23.5 above runner-up Oregon. The 16th-ranked ASU men's conference championship highlights included Jordan Clarke as a double-event winner in the throws, Chris Benard's triple jump title and runner-up long jump, along with second-place finishes from Derick Hinch in the pole vault, William Henry's 200 and 400-meter run, and Bryan McBride's high jump. William Taylor took third in the 60m-hurdles, as did Zach Zarda in the 3000-meter run and Joe Riccio in the weight throw. Kraft last won MPSF Coach of the Year honors in 2008 following the women's portion of the conference meet, which was followed up by a repeat NCAA title. The Arizona State men were fourth at last year's NCAA Indoors.