Track Hosts Annual Red Wolves Open This Weekend

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COURTESY: Arkansas State 

Track Central: A-State Red Wolves OpenLive Results   

JONESBORO, Ark. (4/23/14) – The Arkansas State University men’s and women’s outdoor teams will host the third annual Red Wolves Open this weekend (April 25-26) at the A-State Track and Field Complex in Jonesboro, Ark.

The non-scoring event, which is A-State’s lone home meet of the outdoor season, is open to the public and gets underway this Friday (April 25) at 3 p.m. (CT) with the start of field event competition.  The hammer throw is the first scheduled event with the men participating first to be followed by the women’s competition.  The women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase represents the meet’s initial running event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. (CT).  Second-day action takes place this Saturday (April 26) beginning with the women’s 400-meter relay as part of a rolling events schedule format.

The Red Wolves Open will feature a number of quality programs such as Ohio State, Ole Miss, Central Arkansas along with fellow Sun Belt Conference (SBC) member

“We expect our home meet this weekend to be a high quality meet,” said A-State head coach Jim Patchell.  “We have several good track programs competing and it appears like we will have good weather, which should translate into good performances.”

The A-State women’s team will enter this weekend’s home meet ranked 41st place with a 44.57 team score among 191 NCAA Division I teams in the latest (April 22) and third national rankings installment this season.  The Red Wolves cracked the top 15 in the NCAA-I South Central Region rankings for the first time this spring and presently occupy the 15th-place position with a 146.59 team total thru competition as of April 21.  The national and regional computer rankings are administered by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

A-State has several individuals featured among the top West Region Preliminary performers this spring with senior Sharika Nelvis ranking first in the 100-meter hurdles (12.71) and ninth in the 100-meter dash (11.32).  Kristina Aubert, a redshirt junior, has posted the region’s 11th fastest 10,000-meter time at 33:54.20 and ranks 39th with a 16:29.83 time in the 5,000 meters.  Senior Kim Ludick-Raath is listed 55th place in the shot put as a result of a 47-06.85/14.50m toss and junior Jasmine Marks 38-11.75/11.88m distance in the triple jump represents the 69th best mark this spring.  Juniors Rexi Parcells (81st-10,000 meters) and Tilda Helgesson (92nd-3,000-meter steeplechase), sophomores Abbey Dixon (89th-10,000 meters) and Emenderlyn Iwuji (76th-100-meter hurdles) along with freshman Erin Farmer (81st-shot put) have also recorded top performances among the NCAA West Prelim outdoor competitors this season.

On the men’s side, A-State is presently ranked 140th in the nation by the USTFCCCA with a 1.27 team score as of April 21.  Individually, freshman Roelf Pienaar ranks 21st in the long jump (24-09.25/7.55m) and is 24th in the triple jump (49-05.00/15.06m) among the current NCAA West Preliminary leaders.  Senior Chris Nicasio is 23rd in the hammer throw following a 200-00.00/60.96m distance and ranks 89th in the discus after a 163-07.78/49.88m effort. Senior Kashef Daniel ranks 31st in the high jump after clearing the bar at 6-10.75/2.10m.  Senior Justin Whitfield’s 200-meter time of 21.18 represents the 46th fastest this spring and sophomore Billy Ellis has registered a 57th-place 14.44 time in the 110-meter hurdles.  Senior Raymond Jackson has clocked a 10.63 time in the 100-meter dash to earn 74th place while Justin Whitfield (84th) and sophomore Tahshon Reese (89th) are also among the event’s top sprinters.  The Red Wolves’ 4×100-meter relay team of JacksonWhitfield, sophomore Jamal Jones, and Reese ranks 70th with a 41.11 time.

Live results will be available through Delta Timing at and final results will be posted online at and

Arkansas State track and field is on Twitter.  Follow the program’s official Twitter account (@ASTATETRACK) to get information and team updates.  The Red Wolves are also on Facebook

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