Monday, February 27, 2012
ASU's Rashad Ross runs to MPSF title
By Ted Miller
A little track and field news to start you off this week.
A couple of weeks ago we told you about Arizona State wide receiver Rashad Ross and his recent exploits as a budding indoor track star.
Over the weekend, Ross won the MPSF (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) 200-meter indoor track championship. He is the first ASU football player to win an MPSF conference indoor track and field championship.
Ross, who has only been running indoor track for about two months (this was just his fourth race), posted a new personal best with a time of 21.16. His previous best was 21.25. He also finished sixth in the 60-meter with a time of 6.72 as the Sun Devils captured their first MPSF championship.
With three of ASU's top four wide receivers gone next season, Ross is expected to be a more significant contributor in the passing game. Last season Ross caught 18 balls for 254 yards and a touchdown -- though his most impressive highlight by far was a 98-yard kickoff return against Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Ross and Jamal Miles, who was second on the team last year with 60 catches and six touchdowns, are expected to headline a receiving corps that must replace the productive trio of Gerell Robinson, Aaron Pflugrad and Mike Willie.