Red Wolves Track Finishes Strong in Weekend Action

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COURTESY: Arkansas State

MOBILE, Ala. (4/12/14) – The Arkansas State University men’s and women’s track and field teams produced a strong finish at both the South Alabama Invitational and Tennessee Relays this weekend (April 10-12) with 13 top-three performances, which included winning five individual events.

A-State’s top showings at the non-scoring South Alabama Invitational came in the 200-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, and the long jump for the men while the women’s team captured first-place honors in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at USA’s Jaguar Track in Mobile, Ala.

We had another solid weekend at both the South Alabama Invitational and the Tennessee Relays,” said A-State head coach Jim Patchell.  “I was proud of how everyone competed and we are starting to see the results of some pretty heavy training over the last five weeks.  We want to keep getting a little better each weekend as we begin to sharpen up for the conference championships.”

The Red Wolves featured the top two finishers in the 200-meter dash as senior Justin Whitfield won first place in a personal-best 21.57 time with senior Raymond Jackson right behind with a personal-record setting time of 21.68 to earn second.  Sophomore Billy Ellis was tops in the 110-meter hurdles by clocking a time of 14.44.  Freshman Roelf Pienaar was the third event winner for A-State in Saturday’s (April 12) action topping the field in the long jump with a 24-07.75/7.51m distance.  He also took second in the triple jump as a result of a 49-05.00/15.06m effort.

In the 100-meter dash, Raymond Jackson’s personal-best 10.63 time afforded him second-place laurels while sophomore Tahshon Reese tied for third by crossing the finish line in a 10.69 time.  Junior Devin Noel placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.39.

Senior Sharika Nelvis paced Arkansas State in women’s competition with a pair of individual event titles in the 100 and 200-meter dashes.  Nelvis sprinted 11.32 in the 100 meters to tie for the eighth fastest time nationally this spring and generated a personal record

23.29 time to win the 200-meter dash.  The Red Wolves would register a pair of runner-up showings in two separate hurdle events.  SophomoreEmenderlyn Iwuji notched a 14.18 time in the 100-meter hurdles and freshman Ane Fourie had a 1:04.87 time in the 400-meter hurdles.  Freshman Erika Christian contributed to A-State’s success in the sprints by running a 24.56 in the 200-meter dash to claim third place.

The Tennessee Relays, which were held at UT’s Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., featured A-State’s primary throwers and a couple of distance runners.  Senior Bailey Sisson-Eller was the highest finisher for the Red Wolves at the non-scoring meet as she took fourth in the 10,000-meter run Thursday (April 10) with a 38:18.77 time.  Freshman Kiarra Simpson would achieve seventh place in last Friday’s (April 11) discus event following a throw of 137-05.21/41.89m.

On the men’s side, senior Tyler Lingo earned eighth place in the discus with a 154-07.90/47.14m toss in day two of the three-day meet.  A-State’s other top-10 performance on the weekend came the way of seniorChris Nicasio in the hammer throw by virtue of his ninth-place 192-08.98/58.75m distance.

The Red Wolves are competing in the Central Arkansas Open next weekend, April 18-19, at UCA’s Bill Stephens Track Complex in Conway, Ark., while a select number of individuals are traveling to California for the 56th annual Mt. SAC Relays to be held April 17-19 at Mt. San Antonio College’s Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif.

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South Alabama Invitational

Arkansas State Women’s Results

100-Meter Dash

1. Sharika Nelvis, 11.32

6. Jasmine Marks, 12.43

7. Jamie Curry, 12.58

200-Meter Dash

1. Sharika Nelvis, 23.29

3. Erika Christian, 24.56

10. Lindsay Mull, 25.78

11. Shalynn Cyprien, 26.07

12. Alexandra Pevtsova, 26.43

1,500-Meter Run

5. Heather Hammett, 5:04.84

8. Zoie Wilson, 5:19.96

15. Ashleigh Price, 6:17.41

3,000-Meter Run

7. Heather Hammett, 11:23.58

12. Ashleigh Price, 11:52.04

14. Zoie Wilson, 12:00.45

100-Meter Hurdles

2. Emenderlyn Iwuji, 14.18

6. Shalynn Cyprien, 14.46

400-Meter Hurdles

2. Ane Fourie, 1:04.87

4×100-Meter Relay

4. Shalynn CyprienEmenderlyn IwujiJasmine MarksJamie Curry, 48.17

High Jump

6T. Savannah Hutchinson, 5-02.50/1.59m

Pole Vault

5. Alexandra Pevtsova, 12-01.50/3.70m

11. Megan Wright, 11-01.75/3.40m

18. Laikin Burroughs, 10-02.00/3.10m

Long Jump

5. Emenderlyn Iwuji, 18-01.75/5.53m

Triple Jump

4. Jasmine Marks, 38-01.50/11.62m

Shot Put

9. Savannah Hutchinson, 34-04.00/10.46m


13. Savannah Hutchinson, 85-03.62/26.00m

Arkansas State Men’s Results

100-Meter Dash

2. Raymond Jackson, 10.63

3T. Tahshon Reese, 10.69

8. Jamal Jones, 10.92

15. Clint Ligon, 11.38

200-Meter Dash

1. Justin Whitfield, 21.57

2. Raymond Jackson, 21.68

5. Tahshon Reese, 21.92

9. Jamal Jones, 22.35

10. Billy Ellis, 22.36

11. Seth Thompson, 22.37

400-Meter Dash

12. Ethan Turpen, 52.19

800-Meter Run

14. Andre Walker, 2:06.43

1,500-Meter Run

14. David Mills, 4:16.49

16. Devin Reed, 4:17.98

3,000-Meter Run

12. Devin Reed, 9:36.81

14. David Mills, 9:37.49

110-Meter Hurdles

1. Billy Ellis, 14.44

400-Meter Hurdles

3. Devin Noel, 55.39

High Jump

4. Ethan Turpen, 6-05.00/1.96m

5. Clint Ligon, 6-01.25/1.86m

Pole Vault

6T. Ethan Turpen, 14-03.25/4.35m

Long Jump

1. Roelf Pienaar, 24-07.75/7.51m

7. Foster Ngowe, 22-10.50/6.97m

Triple Jump

2. Roelf Pienaar, 49-05.00/15.06m

Shot Put

11. Ethan Turpen, 39-05.75/12.03m

14. Clint Ligon, 32-09.75/10.00m

Tennessee Relays

Arkansas State Women’s Results – Day 1

Hammer Throw

13. Erin Farmer, 155-05.75/47.39m

16. Kiarra Simpson, 126-05.71/38.55m

10,000-Meter Run

4. Bailey Sisson-Eller, 38:18.77

Arkansas State Men’s Results – Day 1

Hammer Throw

9. Chris Nicasio, 192-08.98/58.75m

Arkansas State Women’s Results – Day 2


7. Kiarra Simpson, 137-05.21/41.89m

9. Erin Farmer, 125-02.75/38.17m

Arkansas State Men’s Results – Day 2


8. Tyler Lingo, 154-07.90/47.14m

Shot Put

16. Tyler Lingo, 50-09.06/15.47m

19. Brandon Lombardino, 50-00.78/15.26m

21. Chris Nicasio, 49-10.42/15.20m

800-Meter Run

26. Kyle Somerville, 1:57.91

1,500-Meter Run

34. Kyle Somerville, 4:10.08

Arkansas State Women’s Results – Day 3

3,000-Meter Steeplechase

16. Chelsey Roberson, 11:55.61

Shot Put

15. Erin Farmer, 40-03.85/12.29m

Arkansas State Men’s Results – Day 3

Discus (Invitational)

9. Brandon Lombardino, 160-07.17/48.95m

10. Chris Nicasio, 156-02.40/47.61m

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