A-State Track Shows Well at Memphis Invitational

COURTESY: Arkansas State

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (3/30/13) – The Arkansas State University track and field teams had to contend with unfavorable weather conditions at this Saturday’s (March 29) Memphis Invitational in Memphis, Tenn., but managed to overcome the obstacle and register some productive performances.

The A-State men’s team recorded four top two placings in the non-scoring meet held at UM’s Billy J. Murphy Track Complex, highlighted by the Red Wolves winning the 4×400-meter relay.  Senior Justin Whitfield, junior Devin Noel, freshman Seth Thompson, and freshmanJamil Peeples sprinted to a first-place 3:17.55 time.

The women’s team turned in five top-three showings at the Memphis Invitational, which featured four second-place efforts.  Freshman Erika Christian garnered runner-up honors in the 400-meter dash following a 57.06 time.  Sophomore Emenderlyn Iwuji’s 17-08.25/5.39m distance in the long jump was good for second place.  In the high jump, junior Savannah Hutchinson placed in a three-way second-place tie by clearing the bar at 5-00.23/1.53m.  The 4×400-meter relay team of freshman Ane FourieErika Christian, sophomore Alexandra Pevtsova, and senior Jamie Curry raced to a 4:04.90 time.

“Memphis wasn’t ideal in terms of the weather, very cold and windy which usually doesn’t accompany great performances, “ said A-State head coach Jim Patchell.  “We were able to get some things done and I thought our team competed well despite the adverse conditions.”

The Red Wolves would produce three runner-up finishes in men’s competition at the Memphis Invite with Justin Whitfield clocking a 49.21 time in the 400-meter dash, freshman Roelf Pienaar generating a 45-01.00/13.74m mark in the triple jump, and senior Kashef Daniel posting a 6-08.75/2.05m high jump effort.  On the women’s side, juniorJasmine Marks attained third place by tallying a 37-10.75/11.55m distance in the triple jump.

The non-scoring 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays held this past weekend (March 26-29) in Austin, Texas, included four A-State athletes attempting to post NCAA Division I qualifying marks.  Senior Chris Nicasio would achieve ninth place in last Thursday’s (March 27) hammer throw event with a toss of 198-00.37/60.36m to compile the third-best performance to date among the Sun Belt Conference’s (SBC) outdoor season leaders. Sophomore Wil Norris attained a 15:05.19 time to earn 15th place in last Thursday’s (March 27) 5,000-meter run while junior Rexi Parcells competed in the women’s 5,000 meters the same day, clocking a personal-best 11th-place 17:33.56 time.  Senior Ethan Turpen participated in the decathlon’s first seven events this past Wednesday (March 26) and Thursday (March 27), which included a third-place 15.02 time in the 110-meter hurdles, but was unable to compete in the final three events.

“The few athletes we sent to the Texas Relays had good performances for this early in the year,” said Patchell.  “Chris Nicasio threw near his personal best in the hammer throw, Rexi (Parcells) had a personal record in the 5K, and Wil (Norris) had a solid race in the 5,000 meters.”

Arkansas State is back in competition next weekend, April 4-5, as the Red Wolves will take part in the Auburn Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala., and the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif.

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Memphis Invitational

Arkansas State Women’s Results

200-Meter Dash

8. Shalynn Cyprien, 27.06

400-Meter Dash

2. Erika Christian, 57.06

3,000-Meter Run

11. Heather Newberry, 10:59.81

13. Heather Hammett, 11:15.11

17. Zoie Wilson, 11:33.23

18. Brianne Murphy, 11:41.79

4×400-Meter Relay

2. Ane FourieErika ChristianAlexandra PevtsovaJamie Curry, 4:04.90

High Jump

2T. Savannah Hutchinson, 5-00.23/1.53m

5T. Lindsay Mull, 4-10.26/1.48m

5T. Macey Rodely, 4-10.26/1.48m

Pole Vault

6. Alexandra Pevtsova, 11-05.40/3.49m

9. Megan Wright, 10-09.53/3.29m

Long Jump

2. Emenderlyn Iwuji, 17-08.25/5.39m

5. Savannah Hutchinson, 17-05.25/5.31m

9. Lindsay Mull, 14-10.00/4.52m

Triple Jump

3. Jasmine Marks, 37-10.75/11.55m

5. Jamie Curry, 36-04.00/11.07m

Shot Put

5. Kim Ludick-Raath, 42-06.75/12.97m

11. Erin Farmer, 39-01.00/11.91m

Discus

7. Erin Farmer, 127-11.04/38.99m

9. Kiarra Simpson, 117-04.65/35.78m

Hammer Throw

8. Kim Ludick-Raath, 142-05.45/43.42m

9. Erin Farmer, 139-09.56/42.61m

11. Kiarra Simpson, 132-09.70/40.48m

Javelin Throw

4. Macey Rodely, 105-01.42/32.04m

Men’s Results

400-Meter Dash

2. Justin Whitfield, 49.21

5. Seth Thompson, 49.90

7. Devin Noel, 50.36

800-Meter Run

14. Andre Walker, 2:05.23

15. Shane Lopez, 2:06.43

19. Roosevelt Barnett, 2:09.64

1,500-Meter Run

9. David Mills, 4:14.98

10. Ryan Pett, 4:16.01

18. Devin Reed, 4:26.88

19. Roosevelt Barnett, 4:33.23

3,000-Meter Run

11. Jesse Duvall, 9:14.99

13. David Mills, 9:22.05

16. Ryan Pett, 9:36.04

18. Devin Reed, 9:38.10

19. Mark Talarico, 9:44.24

4×400-Meter Relay

1. Justin WhitfieldDevin NoelSeth ThompsonJamil Peeples, 3:17.55

High Jump

2. Kashef Daniel, 6-08.75/2.05m

Long Jump

11. Clint Ligon, 19-11.00/6.07m

Triple Jump

2. Roelf Pienaar, 45-01.00/13.74m

Shot Put

8. Brandon Lombardino, 49-07.00/15.11m

Discus

8. Tyler Lingo, 157-08.12/48.06m

9. Brandon Lombardino, 154-00.81/46.96m

Hammer Throw

10. Brandon Lombardino, 146-00.75/44.52m

87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays

Arkansas State Women’s Results

5,000-Meter Run

11. Rexi Parcells, 17:33.56

Arkansas State Men’s Results

5,000-Meter Run

15. Wil Norris, 15:05.19

Hammer Throw

9. Chris Nicasio, 198-00.37/60.36m