Track and Field Performs Well at Red Wolves Open

COURTESY: Arkansas State

JONESBORO, Ark. (4/26/14) – Propelled by wins in four events and a combined 21 top-five finishes, the Arkansas State University women’s and men’s track and field teams enjoyed  success at the second and final day of the third annual Red Wolves Open this Saturday (April 26) in Jonesboro, Ark.

The Red Wolves had three event winners and 13 top-five placings on the women’s side in Saturday’s competition, which featured warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine.  The A-State men’s quad racked up eight top-five place efforts in the non-scoring meet held at the A-State Track and Field Complex.  The two-day event featured the likes of Ole Miss, Memphis, Ohio State (men), Western Kentucky, Murray State, Southeast Missouri State, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois along with in-state schools UALR, Central Arkansas, Harding, and Arkansas Baptist.

“This was definitely one of the best quality meets we’ve had here in years,” said A-State head coach Jim Patchell.  “We had a lot of nice PRs in different events and the weather was great.  Our team did a great job of competing against some quality competition and will prepare us well for the upcoming conference meet.”

Senior Sharika Nelvis, who has claimed Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Women’s Athlete of the Week recognition the last two weeks (April 16 and 23), won top honors in both the women’s 100 and 200-meter dashes.  Nelvis’ personal-record tying 23.29 time in the 200 meters was a Red Wolves Open record, which was previously held by Southeast Missouri State’s Jerika Lewis (24.84) in the 2013 meet.  Nelvis had posted a 23.29 time in the 200 meters earlier this season (4/12) at the South Alabama Invitational.  In the 100 meters, she sprinted an 11.27 time to equal her personal record set in 2012 at the NCAA Division I West Preliminaries.

Sophomore Emenderlyn Iwuji produced A-State’s other first-place performance as she ran a 14.26 time in the 100-meter hurdles and freshman Shalynn Cyprien took fourth with a time of 14.54.  Iwuji set a personal best in the long jump with an 18-10.75/5.76m distance, good for fourth place.  Freshman Lindsey Millsoutdistanced all but two runners in the 5,000-meter run to finish third with a 20:37.60 time.

In the women’s 1,500 meters, junior Heather Newberry crossed the finish line in a 4:50.75 time for a personal best and third-place honors.  Sophomore Abbey Dixon ran 4:54.89 in the 1,500 meters to earn fifth place as did freshman Erika Christian in the 400-meter dash by sprinting a p.r. 56.16 time.  The Red Wolves’ 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays teams both achieved fourth-place laurels with times of 48.36 and 3:59.75, respectively.

Sophomore Alexandra Pevtsova’s fourth-place 12-10.32/3.92m heighth in the pole vault turned out to be a personal best.  Junior Jasmine Marks contributed to A-State’s success as she garnered fifth place in the triple jump by recording a personal record 39-10.75/12.16m mark.

Roelf Pienaar continued his productive freshman season by winning the men’s long jump with not only a personal best of 25-08.25/7.83m, but establishing a new Red Wolves Open record.  Pienaar, who turned in a fourth-place 49-03.75/15.03m triple jump effort, shattered the previous meet long jump record of 24-07.28/7.50 set by A-State’s Wil Oliver in the 2012 meet.  Pienaar also ran a leg in the 4×100-meter relay where he helped lead the Red Wolves to fourth place with a 40.48 time.

A-State would produce three runner-up finishes in the running events.  Freshman Kyle Somerville had a 1:55.49 time in the 800 meters, sophomore Wil Norris was at 4:04.97 in the 1,500 meters, and sophomoreBilly Ellis turned in a personal best 14.38 time in the 110-meter hurdles.

Senior Kashef Daniel captured third place in the high jump by clearing the bar at 6-11.00/2.11m.  A fifth-place showing was turned in by senior Justin Whitfield in the 100-meter dash as the A-State sprinter raced a 10.51 time to set a personal mark.

Arkansas State is now idle until May 9-11 when the Red Wolves participate in the 2014 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Outdoor Track and Field Championship at San Marcos, Texas.  The conference meet will take place at Bobcat Track and Field Stadium on the Texas State University campus.

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2014 A-State Red Wolves Open – Day 2

Arkansas State Women’s Results

Long Jump

4. Emenderlyn Iwuji, 18-10.75/5.76m

Pole Vault

4. Alexandra Pevtsova, 12-10.32/3.92m

10T. Megan Wright, 12-00.50/3.67m

17. Laikin Burroughs, 10-06.75/3.22m

Shot Put

6. Kim Ludick-Raath, 47-06.50/14.49m

18T. Savannah Hutchinson, 33-06.00/10.21m

Discus

11. Kiarra Simpson, 139-11.53/42.66m

14. Erin Farmer, 122-05.29/37.32m

High Jump

10T. Kendal Davis, 5-01.25/1.56m

Triple Jump

5. Jasmine Marks, 39-10.75/12.16m

12. Jamie Curry, 36-02.75/11.04m

100-Meter Hurdles

1. Emenderlyn Iwuji, 14.26

4. Shalynn Cyprien, 14.54

400-Meter Hurdles

7. Ane Fourie, 1:04.06

10. Kelsey Bean, 1:04.84

4×100-Meter Relay

4. Arkansas State ‘A’ (Emenderlyn IwujiErika ChristianLindsay MullJasmine Marks), 48.36

4×400-Meter Relay

4. Arkansas State ‘A’ (Alexandra PevtsovaKelsey BeanErika ChristianAne Fourie), 3:59.75

100-Meter Dash

1. Sharika Nelvis, 11.27

200-Meter Dash

1. Sharika Nelvis, 23.29

11. Lindsay Mull, 25.55

18. Shalynn Cyprien, 26.14

400-Meter Dash

5. Erika Christian, 56.16

800-Meter Run

11. Heather Newberry, 2:21.51

15. Brianne Murphy, 2:29.03

16. Abbey Dixon, 2:29.10

17. Zoie Wilson, 2:29.46

22. Kristi Houck, 2:35.09

1,500-Meter Run

3. Heather Newberry, 4:50.75

5. Abbey Dixon, 4:54.89

7. Bailey Sisson-Eller, 4:57.79

8. Chelsey Roberson, 5:03.12

9. Heather Hammett, 5:03.63

11. Lindsey Mills, 5:05.56

16. Brianne Murphy, 5:11.59

17. Zoie Wilson, 5:12.73

19. Ashleigh Price, 5:14.39

25. Kristi Houck, 5:30.09

5,000-Meter Run

3. Lindsey Mills, 20:37.60

Arkansas State Men’s Results

Long Jump

1. Roelf Pienaar, 25-08.25/7.83m

10. Foster Ngowe, 23-02.00/7.06m

18. Ethan Turpen, 21-06.25/6.56m

25. Clint Ligon, 19-09.00/6.02m

Pole Vault

11. Thomas Walton, 15-03.75/4.67m

12. Ethan Turpen, 14-04.00/4.37m

Shot Put

8. Chris Nicasio, 53-01.00/16.18m

14T. Brandon Lombardino, 47-08.50/14.54m

Discus

9T. Tyler Lingo, 160-10.31/49.03m

9T. Chris Nicasio, 160-10.31/49.03m

11. Brandon Lombardino, 160-02.82/48.84m

High Jump

3. Kashef Daniel, 6-11.00/2.11m

Triple Jump

4. Roelf Pienaar, 49-03.75/15.03m

9. Foster Ngowe, 46-00.00/14.02m

4×100-Meter Relay

4. Raymond JacksonJustin WhitfieldRoelf PienaarJamal Jones, 40.48

4×400-Meter Relay

6. Arkansas State ‘A’ (Seth ThompsonDevin NoelJustin WhitfieldEthan Turpen), 3:21.78

100-Meter Dash

5. Justin Whitfield, 10.51

14. Tahshon Reese, 10.81

15. Raymond Jackson, 10.84

22. Jamal Jones, 11.03

200-Meter Dash

17. Raymond Jackson, 21.98

21. Tahshon Reese, 22.34

24. Jamal Jones, 22.47

28. Billy Ellis, 22.75

800-Meter Run

2. Kyle Somerville, 1:55.49

8. Denton Postlewait, 1:58.70

12. Shane Lopez, 2:01.14

15. Andre Walker, 2:02.68

19. Ryan Pett, 2:08.03

21. Roosevelt Barnett, 2:10.46

23. Kolby Jones, 2:15.24

1,500-Meter Run

2. Wil Norris, 4:04.97

6. Jesse Duvall, 4:07.95

13. David Mills, 4:16.60

16. Rhett Raibley, 4:19.42

17. Ryan Pett, 4:21.42

18. Mark Talarico, 4:22.15

19. Brock Westerman, 4:24.43

20. Devin Reed, 4:24.70

21. Roosevelt Barnett, 4:32.04

22. Kolby Jones, 4:36.09

23. Austin DeWitt, 4:37.08

110-Meter Hurdles

2. Billy Ellis, 14.38

8. Ethan Turpen, 15.13

9. Clint Ligon, 15.65

400-Meter Hurdles

8. Devin Noel, 54.10