COURTESY: Arkansas State
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 Jackson, Whitfield, sophomore Jamal Jones, and Reese ranks 70th with a 41.11 time.
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