Whiting’s 6th national title leads ASU to 4th-place finish

EUGENE, Ore. — Ryan Whiting captured the men’s shot put title on Saturday’s final day of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, leading the Arizona State men’s team to a fourth-place finish.

Two Sun Devil teammates joined Whiting in the top seven of the shot put, propelling the men’s teaam to 37 points and its best outdoor finish since 1981.

Texas A&M defended its title by edging Florida, 55-54, while host Oregon was third with 45 points. Texas A&M also won the women’s title with 72 points, followed by Oregon (57), Florida (40) and Penn State (34).

Whiting won the shot put with a throw of 72 feet, 1 inch (21.97 meters), the second-best collegiate throw in history and the first 72-foot throw of his career. He concluded his career with six national titles: Three indoor shot put titles (2008, 2009, 2010), two outdoor shot put crowns (2009, 2010) and one discus title (2010). Whiting’s five total shot put titles is tied for third all-time, and his shot put/discus sweep was the 11th in NCAA history and first since Janus Robberts (SMU) in 2002.

ASU’s Jordan Clarke finished fifth with a throw of 63-0.25 inches, and Jason Lewis took seventh at 61-7.

In other events on Saturday, ASU’s 4×400 relay tem of Justin Kremer, Allante Battle,Donald Sanford and Joel Phillip finished eighth; and Brandon Bethke took 11th and Zeke Van Patten 23rd in the 5,000 meters.

Day 4 Arizona State Results (Saturday)