FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Jacquelyn Johnson successfully defended her national crown and Amy Hastings turned in another clutch performance to pace the Arizona State University women's track and field team to its first NCAA Championship Saturday inside the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. Coming down to the final race of the evening, the Sun Devils held off a late charge from Tennessee and LSU to win its first team title and the second in program history after the men took the outdoor title in 1977.
ASU scored 38 points to claim the crown with LSU second (33), Tennessee third (30) and Georgia fourth (28). The Sun Devil men tied for 25th overall with nine points while Wisconsin won the crown with 40 points.
The Sun Devils 4x400m relay needed to defeat Tennessee to win the team title and did just that as the quartet of Bridgette Williams, Johnson, Shauntel Elcock and Latosha Wallace finished second in their heat in 3:36.17 with UT third in 3:37.75, assuring the maroon and gold of the title. The championship is the first for the school since the women's golf team won the 1998 championship and is the 130th in school history.