In a memorable NCAA outdoor track and field championship for brown and gold, and Arizona State pitchers stole the show.
After winning the national shot put championship on Wednesday, Turner Washington was not finished.
On Friday he won the record title thanks to a first round of 63.42m / 208-1. With the championship, he became the first Sun Devil since Olympian Ryan Whiting in 2010 to sweep the indoor shot put and outdoor discus and shot put events.
âIt’s awesome,â Washington said. “It’s something that doesn’t happen every year, so being part of a select group of people is a real blessing and I’m really happy to be where I am right now.”
Washington is now one of three athletes in NCAA history to accomplish the feat, and two of the three are the Sun Devils of Whiting and Washington.
âI didn’t know it, but that’s what we do at ASU and that’s why we came to ASU to pitch,â Washington said of being in the same category as Whiting. “It’s really Throws U, so to mention with Ryan, it’s awesome.”
Washington also praised his head coach and what it took to bring him here as a three-time national champion in the 2020-21 season.
âWe can train a lot outside (at ASU) and Brian Blutreich, that’s the plan. You come to him and he will fix you and throw you away, âWashington said. âYoung people, if you want to throw far, you know where to go. “
Washington’s victory was the second time in men’s program history that a Sun Devil has won a discus crown.
Washington wasn’t the only pitcher to shine this weekend, either. For the women of ASU, Jorinde van Klinken shone in the spotlight. She also won a national discus championship after a whopping 65.01m / 213-3 on her last throw to win the title.
The uprising broke a 21-year competitive record set by Seilala Sua of UCLA in 2000. Van Klinken’s victory marked the eighth time in school history that ASU had a women’s discus champion. .
Overall, the ASU program worked well in Eugene, with the exception of the pitchers. In addition to the exploits of Washington and van Klinken, AlizÃ©e Minard finished second in the javelin with a mark of 57.91 m / 190.
In addition, Beatrice Llano (hammer) and rookie Jamar Marshal Jr. (110m hurdles) placed in the top five of their respective events as the program ended the track season in style.